Is a Rescued Boxer Right for Me?

 A dog who has been rescued has already been traumatized. Weather he has been left to roam the streets for survival or given up by a family who loved him, he's scared and grieving. He needs a warm and safe space inside your home, a loving and compassionate place in your heart. Boxers come into rescue for many different reasons. We've even had one Boxer brought from Turkey, where dogs live in the woods and are shot to prevent overpopulation, and found his forever home through us. In recent years, many dogs have come from loving homes that have had to give up their friend due to the economy.

Rescue dogs go through an adjustment period when they join a new home. The settling time varies with each dog and can last months. Adoptive families must be willing, able and dedicated to helping their dog to adjust. SCBR offers post-adoption support through our private Yahoo Group, website links, and limited phone support if needed. Obedience training outside the home is an excellent tool to help bond with your rescued boxer. The REAL work will fall into your hands! There are no perfect dogs in the world and this certainly applies to rescued boxers! SCBR looks for adoptive families who will be stable and able provide for the necessary needs of the dog, including the following:

Daily regular exercise - This does not mean simply putting the dog out in the back yard. It means committing to a regular schedule of walks, runs, playing with other dogs, and playing with you! This interaction helps to strengthen the bond between you and your boxer. It will help to make a happy, healthy, well-socialized dog.  Boxers can become bored quickly from lack of attention, and something meaningful to do. Boxers need jobs, without them they might take on a job YOU don’t like! A tired
boxer is a happy boxer. Boxers belong to the AKC Working Group Class of dogs and tend to need large chunks of playtime, regardless of age. Exercising for a couple of hours daily is NORMAL for younger boxers. If you CANNOT provide a boxer with these types of activities, the breed may not be for you.  Use obedience training as the tools for playing with your dog.

What a Recued Boxer is Not:

A rescued dog rarely has a perfect temperament or manners.

A Rescued Boxer is not an inexpensive gift for yourself or someone else. There are many expenses to consider, including adoption fees, veterinary care, as well as the ongoing care of the dog (obedience training, feeding, health care, heartworm and flea and tick control, etc.).

A Rescued Boxer is not an animal that you can expect to walk in your home and immediately get along with all your family or pets, or to know your routine and act like it has lived with you all its life.

A Rescued Boxer frequently may have behaviors that include separation anxiety, abandonment issues (if they were "disposed of" by their former owners), destructive behaviors, lack of socialization, or lack of obedience training. They usually require large amounts of attention, love, and patience to help them adjust to their new home and family. 

 A Rescued Boxer is not a disposable pet. We look to match the most suitable home to the most appropriate dog. We consider your home, work hours, family members, yard size, activity level, and previous Boxer experience when matching you up with a dog. We also consider the dog's temperament, experience with children, cats and other dogs when matching them up to a family. As a result, we have an extremely low return rate and try to ensure that the Rescued Boxer that goes to your home will not just be a pet but a family member, forever

The Adoption Process:

1. You must be least 21 years of age

2. We do not do the "RENT TO OWN" or "FOSTER TO ADOPT" method of placement. All dogs go to qualified SCBR foster homes for evaluation. We don't allow foster homes to adopt their own fosters so you know they're always available. This also means you cannot "try out" a dog you're thinking to adopt, nor can you bring your own animals to "see if they get along". Its not fair to the rescue dog.

3. Complete the online adoption application located exclusively on the SCBR site, below. If you filled it out an adoption application on another site, we won't have access to it. Please fill our application out in its entirety. The more thorough you are, the better an idea we will have of who you are and what kind of dog is suitable for you and your family.

4. Read your email regularly to look out for your interview information (check your spam/junk mailboxes too). You will be asked to notify your vet and landlord (if applicable to your situation) that we will be calling.

5. You will be interviewed over the phone by an SCBR interview volunteer to talk more about the adoption process and go over your application and answer your early adoption quesitons.

6. Other volunteers will be calling your landlord and vet references (if applicable) you listed on your application. We are checking to make sure you have permission to have a large dog, outside references on how you will deal with your pet, and if you've kept up with their medical care in the past. These all tell us if you're likely to give the dog a permanent home. 

7. You will be asked to be available for a home check.  All family members must be present. An SCBR representative will call you to schedule a date and time convenient for everyone. Compliance on the home check does not imply that you will receive a dog from SCBR or that you have been approved to receive one from us.

8. The matching process. Once all the other pieces of your application have been approved, SCBR begins the process of matching the most suitable dog to the most suitable home. At the same time, we ask approved candidates to start looking at the available dogs on our site to see if you feel any may be a good match for you and that you are interested in.  This is the time everyone gets excited about including us!
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