Our positions require volunteers to be 18.
Please visit https://www.boxerluv.org/volunteer/volunteer for more information. Once you complete your volunteer application, you’ll hear back from our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss how you can get involved and answer all your questions.
In many cases, families give up their Boxers. Sometimes family situations change (births, deaths, moves, financial trouble), and families may think they have to give up all commitments to get through the rough times. Unfortunately that sometimes includes the family pet.
Other times, we take in Boxers from bad living situations or get them as strays that no one ever claims.
Sometimes Boxers lose their homes simply because not enough thought was given to the level of commitment and training it takes to own a dog, especially a puppy or very young dog
In rescue, we see hundreds (if not thousands) of animals euthanized every year because of overpopulation of dogs and cats. Therefore, we feel that we are obligated to help educate the public about this widespread crisis and encourage all potential adopters to be responsible pet owners. Responsible pet ownership means keeping your pets in good health, current on vaccinations, and spaying and/or neutering all pets in the home.
First, the new dog gets a health exam. This includes complete lab work, including Heartworm, Tick Fever, and desert diseases like Valley Fever. All necessary procedures are done to discover any underlying health problems or injuries. All illness and injuries are treated before adoption. When deemed healthy for surgery, they are spayed or neutered. Our rescues are assessed for behavior issues, and we work on identified issues in foster homes and with trainers.
Only when the dogs are, to the best of our knowledge, in good health, are they adopted to the public.
The donation to adopt one of our dogs varies depending on age and other considerations. The average donation fee is $400. This goes towards our dogs’ medical costs, including spays, neuters, and vaccinations and microchip.
When we get puppies into rescue, they have a higher adoption fee. This helps to pay for the added costs of puppies’ spays and neuters, after-care for mom, vaccinations, as well as puppy food, wee-wee pads, worming, and other essentials. As you can see, these costs far exceed the donations received.
We do not refer to any breeders. We rarely have puppies available, an if available would be on the Available Dogs page https://www.boxerluv.org/adopt/available-dogs. We do, however, have Boxers who are still young (as Boxers do not mature until approximately 3 years of age) but are already past the house-breaking and chewing! We would ask that you open your heart and mind a bit and consider adopting one of these young, exuberant “toddlers” into your home.