Before You Adopt
Please Read The Following Before Submitting an Application With Boxer Luv.
Are you looking for the “Perfect” dog?
If so, a rescue dog may not be the right choice for you. Boxers end up in rescue for a variety of reasons, none of them their fault. Many people acquire a cute puppy not realizing that the seemingly perfect boxer their neighbor has, is the result of a lot of hard work. When their boxer puppy reaches the adolescent stage and has no manners or training, the family decides that this isn't the dog for them. It is at that stage that many boxers end up in the hands of rescue. Other reasons we get for turning a dog in are that the family is moving, that the couple are now expecting a baby, the family got a new puppy and now have no time for the older dog, etc. Because of these situations, most rescue dogs have issues of some sort or another. Most are minor and easily corrected with simple obedience training accompanied with time and patience—and lots of love!! Others will take more time to work through. Keep in mind, there is always an adjustment period when bringing a new dog into your household. This period can range from a few days to several months depending on the background of the dog. If you are not prepared or committed to work through this period you should reconsider adopting. The worst thing that can happen is to have to uproot a dog who has only been in a new home for a short period of time. It is extremely unfair and damaging to the dog.
Have you done your research on the boxer breed?
There is a vast amount of information available today about the boxer and other breeds. You must take the responsibility of educating yourself and your family about your breed of choice. One of the best ways to get to know about the boxer breed is to see them up close and personal. Dog shows are a great way of accomplishing this. Most exhibitors are more than happy to share their knowledge and insight about the breed. Dog parks and pet supply stores (Petco, Ryan’s Pets, etc) are also great places to meet and chat with boxer owners. There are also many websites that are dedicated to the boxer breed. If you see a person walking a boxer don't be afraid to approach them. If there is one universal rule, it is that boxer people love talking about their boxer babies!
The Adoption Process
Each Boxer Luv Rescue dog is different and we do everything possible to ensure that each dog is placed in the home best able to meet its unique requirements and needs. We are only able to do this by first, assessing the dog through our foster care program and then assessing each potential home for suitability by conducting an interview and home visit.
Our adoption process is listed below.
Step 1: Online Application
Once you complete and submit your application it is reviewed by our adoption team and qualified applicants will be contacted to set up a phone interview.
Step 2: Phone Interview
If the application meets the initial requirements, then one of our Adoption Counselors will go through your application with you over the phone to ensure there are no errors and to clarify any points as necessary.
Step 3: Home Visit(s)
After the Phone Interview, one of our volunteers will contact you to set up a Home Visit at a suitable time when all members of your household can be present.
Step 4: You Will Be Notified Of Our Decision
Shortly after the Home Visit, you will be notified about our decision.
Step 5: You Will Be Matched With A Dog
Successful applicants are matched with a dog. Our primary goal is to place each dog in the best situation possible. This can take days or weeks and is difficult to predict. We encourage you to stay in contact with our representatives since we get new dogs in all the time.
Step 6: You Add A New Member To Your Family
Once we find your match we will make arrangements for you meet the dog. If it’s a good fit for your family and a good fit for the dog, you will be asked to sign an adoption contract and for an adoption donation to help cover our veterinary costs. We will also provide you with our trainer’s information. We strongly encourage each and every adoptive family to go through a training program with your entire family and new boxer. Training will give everyone the knowledge and confidence needed to make this adoption both fun and successful! After you adopt we will follow up with you during the initial adjustment period and we are always available to answer questions and provide help when possible.
Step 7: You Become A Success Story!!!
We wish you and your rescue boxer all the best. Remember you are now part of the Boxer Luv Rescue family. Always feel free to ask us questions and send pictures. We love to hear how our babies are doing!!!