Boxer adoption - Rescues, shelters and pounds
There are several organizations that provide pet adoptions and they all exist for the same basic reason, finding a home for an abandoned, abused, lost or unwanted animal. They are all run by wonderful, caring individuals with the majority of them volunteering their time and for some their homes in the effort of finding these animals a loving, permanent home. There are basically 4 different types of animal rescue organizations for which you could adopt a boxer. With so many choices you may be asking yourself, “what’s the difference between them all?” Let’s take a look at each one so you will have a better idea before you go out and adopt your dog.
Boxer Rescue Organizations
The people that are involved with boxer rescues would be considered experts in the breed. They are staffed by volunteers who have a love for the boxer breed. Most of them currently own or have owned a boxer in the past, so they know the breed inside and out. The cost of adopting from a boxer rescue will be a little higher than from a shelter or pound, but considering what the rescue does with that extra cost believe me, it would be money well spent. Most rescues upon receiving a new boxer will have the dog thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. The boxer will first be given a routine examination and will receive any vaccinations the veterinarian may deem necessary. They will also give the boxer a thorough examination and testing for any health issues that are inherent to the boxer breed. Most rescues will also have their dogs spayed or neutered at this time.
After being treated by a veterinarian the boxer will then be placed in a foster home. The boxer will stay with this family until it is adopted. Having the boxer living in a home environment is a great advantage for the rescue organization. They get to see how the boxer behaves in the home. If there are any temperament or behavior issues they can work on correcting these problems before placing them up for adoption. Having this knowledge of their adoptable boxers is invaluable when matching a dog with an adoption applicant. They know what their applicants are looking for in a dog so they have a better chance of placing their boxers in a home where they will live up to their new owners expectations. The rescue organization will also check up with you occasionally to see how everything is going. They are always available and happy to answer any questions you may have after bringing your new dog home.
Shelters and Pounds
Occasionally you will find a pure breed or mixed breed boxer in a shelter or pound. Unlike the boxer rescue most of these organizations do not specialize in any particular breed. They’re sole purpose is in saving animals and placing them in a loving home. Some of these animals have never been observed in a home environment. The dogs that are placed in foster care are all with animal lovers, but they may not be experts in the boxer breed.
Although there are some exceptions to the rule, most shelters and pounds run on very limited resources and therefore their animals will only receive the basics in veterinary care. They will most likely not have their boxers tested for health issues inherent to the boxer breed. They may have already been spayed or neutered, and if not you may be required to have this done. If you’re considering adopting from a shelter or pound you should first have some one who has knowledge of the breed ( a breeder, professional trainer or veterinarian ) examine the dog for you to evaluate its visual health and temperament. You should try to get as much information about the dog as possible concerning temperament, behavior, vaccinations and health issues. Some organizations will have plenty of information about their dogs while others may have very little. If all looks good you could then proceed with the adoption. Before bringing your new boxer home make sure you stop by your veterinarians office and have the dog examined and given any vaccinations and treatments the vet deems necessary. Most of the dogs in shelters or pounds are lovable, affectionate and healthy animals that deserve to be in a loving home.
My wife and I adopted our boxer mix breed Tori from a shelter. She was 5 months old when we adopted her. Her original owners turned her in to the humane society because they said she would nip at your heals when she walked behind you. This turned out to be true, but with a little training this was easily corrected. Tori matured into a lovable, smart, affectionate companion and friend who our family had the pleasure of having be a part of our lives for 12 years. She passed away in January of 2009. You can read all about Tori by clicking here.
There are many people who sell boxers out of their homes. You will find them in classified ads, bulletin boards, roadside signs etc. Many of these dogs will turn out to be perfectly healthy, but on the other hand you could be getting a dog that is nothing but trouble. Most of these owners will have absolutely zero knowledge of the dog’s bloodline. The dog may look great on the outside but could have health, temperament or behavioral problems that the owners might not want to disclose. You should ask plenty of questions before considering bringing one of these dogs home. Ask if the dog has ever been aggressive towards other people or animals i.e.; biting, growling or snapping. Ask if the dog has been to a veterinarian and if so ask for their name and address so you can contact them and get their professional opinion of the animal. If there is no health history for the dog ask if the both of you can go to a vet (at your expense of course) and have the dog examined by a veterinarian. If they refuse to do this I would walk away and look else ware.
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