Adoption Process

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Our Adoption Process:

Interested in adopting a Boxer?  If so please fill out our adoption application by going to our Adoption Application.  Due to the volume of inquiries, we are unable to answer about a specific dog unless we receive an adoption application.

Once you have filled out our application, you will hear from our Adoption coordinator between 1-5 business day.  If you do not hear from them in 1 week, please email us at westcoastboxerrescue@gmail.com to inquire about your application.  We will get back to you ASAP.

Please note, we are a 100% volunteer organization. We try to be as efficient as possible, but sometimes it takes longer than it should.  We are working hard to do things better every day, so your patience is greatly appreciated.

Step 1: Fill out the adoption application at http://www.westcoastboxerrescue.org/adopt/app/.

Step 2: Download and read our Adopters Handbook

Step 3: Adoption Coordinator will contact you to go over your application via telephone

Step 4: A volunteer in your area will schedule a home check

Step 5: Once the home check is approved, Adoption Coordinator will contact you to discuss potential dogs available for adoption

Step 6: Proceed to Adoption

Adoption fee:

Adoption fee for a dog between 1-6 years old is a donation of $300-$500.  You are able to set the dollar amount within that range.  Anything you can do above and beyond the base amount is very much appreciated, as funds are always needed, especially for medical cases.  We are 501(c)(3) non-profit, and the donation is tax deductible.  We are also a 100% volunteer organization, and everything goes towards saving more dogs in need.

  • Adult dog 1 year – 6 years old: $300-$500
  • Puppies 8 weeks – 6 month $400-$600
  • Puppies 7 months to a year – $350-$450
  • Senior dogs 7 plus years – Negotiable

Adoption fee includes Rabies, DHPP, Bordetella vaccinations, microchip and spay/neuter.  If there is a known medical condition, we cover the medication.

Puppies that are too young to be vaccinated will come with appropriate vaccination for the age.  The adopter will be responsible for completing the remaining vaccination.  If the dog is not yet spayed or neutered, we will cover the spay/neuter cost if they are brought to our vet.  If they opt to use their own vet, we will reimburse up to $100 towards the spay/neuter when the proof of spay/neuter is provided with receipt.

Why is Adoption Fee So High?

We are sometimes asked why our adoption fee is high.  We are a private rescue organization that is NOT funded by government.  Local animal shelters run by the city or county receives funding from tax dollars.  We do not.  Well established organizations like the SPCA or Humane Society handling multiple breeds also receive funding from grants and have a larger donation base.  For a breed specific rescue funding is harder to come by.  So why specialize in one breed?  Because we know this breed; we feel we are better qualified to help Boxers find their forever homes.

For your reference, here are costs we incur when we save dogs:

Basic Cost for Dog with Zero Medical Condition *** Note: most rescue dogs will have some kind of condition

Procedures Low Common High
Office Visit $0 $35 $75
Spay/Neuter $0 $125 $250
Microchip $5 $10 $50
Rabies $10 $15 $25
DHPP $10 $15 $25
Bordetella $10 $15 $25
Deworm $10 $15 $80
Basic supplies (collar tags etc.) $5 $10 $25
Food $0 $20 $70
Boarding when there is no foster home $0 $100 $500
Total $50 $360 $1125

Common and Uncommon Medical Conditions for Rescue Dogs

Procedures low high Approx % of Rescue Dogs Affected
Kennel Cough $40 $250 85%
Pneumonia 150 4000 1%
Urinary Tract Infection $75 $200 2%
Spay/Neuter Complication $100 $300 3%
Heartworm Treatment $500 $1500 1%
Valley Fever TBD TBD 1%
Demodex Mange $100 $500 15%
Tumor Removal $150 $400 20%
Cherry Eyes $150 $400 2%
Conjunctivitis $50 $200 1%
Ectopic Ureter $40 $250 less than 1%
Parvo $300 $1500 1%
Cancer Diagnosis $300 $1000 4%