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Think Before You Adopt

Before you adopt a Boxer or any other animals, we would like to request that you consider few things:

West Coast Boxer Rescue's Chiclet is adopted1. Boxers may live for 15 years.  Are you able to make a long term commitment for the duration of your dog’s life?  Please consider that your lifestyle may change.  You may not have the same job where you are able to come home at lunch, you may not have the same roommate,  you may graduate from school or move to a smaller house.  You may have a baby, get married or get a divorce.  Are you going to be able to make a commitment to a dog and make it work even when/if your life changes?  People don’t dump their children because of these life changes, but many dogs end up in a shelter or rescues because their owners do not make the same commitment to their dog.  If you think that you may not be able to make a commitment to make it work, then we kindly request you reconsider adoption.

Fostering2. No dog is ever perfect, just like people are not perfect.  It requires work to make things work.  Your expectations needs to be realistic.  Do you have small children or a baby?  Boxers are just like them.  They need love and attention too.  So if your life is too busy and don’t have a lot of time for your new dog, we ask that you reconsider adoption.

3. Are you familiar with the breed?  If not, you may want to look into fostering with us before making a decision to adopt.  Boxers are a highly affectionate breed but also very energetic.

4. Do you have the financial means to care for the dog?  Annual food and medical cost can add up.  Even for a healthy dog, the first year can cost up to about $2,000 if you include the basic supply listed below, food, treats, toys and vet bill.

5. Are you older and wanting to adopt a young energetic dog?  Please think about more mature dogs that need homes.  Everyone wants a young dog but if you are a mature human being, please consider more mature dogs that have been waiting for their forever homes for a long, long time.  They are just like you and need TLC.

Adoption Criteria

We have some guidelines of what is acceptable and what isn’t.  Here are most, but we reserve the right to refuse adoption to any home which we deem unsuitable.

1. Dog must be an inside dog.  It is OK to have an outside dog run with inside access.  This is because Boxers must be protected from heat and cold.

2. Dogs are family members and do not sleep in a garage or outside.

3. We accept application from families with small children, however, you are required to have 100% supervision between the dog and your child(ren) at all times.  If you expect that the new dog will not react when a child hits them, throw toys at them, takes away their toy or food, etc, then please do not adopt from us.

4. You are not required to have a fenced yard.  However, if you do not, you will need to take the dog out for a potty break at least 4 times a day, more if they do not feel well.  Same goes for a home with a low fence.

5. If you are looking to adopt a puppy, please be realistic.  Any home where no one is home for more than 6 hours a day 2-3 times a week will be rejected for puppies.

6. We do not do female to female placements of bully breeds.  That means Boxer, Bulldog, Pit bulls, etc.  We will consider female to female adoption of dogs with extreme age and size difference.

Basic Supplies

You will need some supplies prior to your adoption date.

West Coast Boxer Rescue's Cody was  adopted in San FranciscoHere are basics you will need:

  • Flat Leash – Nylon, cotton or leather, 6 ft long
  • Good quality food with no corn additive
  • Food and water dish
  • Blanket and/or dog bed
  • Crate

Here are some nice to have supplies:

  • Toys such as tennis balls, Kong, etc.
  • Chew toys and bones
  • New collar – we recommend martingale collar for your dog’s safety
  • Harnesses such as Sensible Sensation, Easy Walk or Halti Harness
  • Dog tag with your contact information
  • Training treats
  • Treat bag
  • Positive reinforcement training book
  • Positive reinforcement training class