“When Can I Meet The Dogs?”
Thorough biographies for each dog and all the info we have at the time is posted online for everyone to read. If you are interested in a Boxer and want to more information, you must be a screened and approved applicant (this is for the protection and safety of our dogs and foster families). Most applications are processed within 48 hours of receipt.
“I found a Boxer. Can you take him?”
First and foremost, thank you for caring about the welfare of an abandoned Boxer dog. RDBR is made aware of several Boxers PER WEEK, that have been abandoned, are roaming neighborhoods or are known to be starving or neglected and confined to their yards. We want to help every single Boxer we are contacted about, but in reality, we know we cannot. If you are a person who knows of a Boxer that is being neglected or has been abandoned PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY IMMEDIATELY. If animal control investigates and takes the dog, RDBR will most likely be contacted if the dog is in danger of being euthanized. We work extremely hard to maintaining positive relationships with many shelters and animal controls in Oklahoma and we work with these agencies to ensure Boxers have the best chance at adoption and do not die needlessly. We do not recommend that you remove the dog from the property for obvious reasons – you may very well want to, but we ask that you take the proper steps and call animal control first, to make a complaint (which can be anonymous). If you do find a stray animal, please do not expect RDBR to be able to assist you immediately. We must legally follow regulations when we come across a stray animal. We have a specific intake process and a waiting list of dogs to consider. We also must have time to find a foster home. We can say with certainty, that we are almost always “full to capacity,” so if you pull a dog, and would like us to help you, you must be patient. Be prepared to provide care for this stray for as long as 2 weeks in some cases. When you email us please provide as much detailed information as possible including photographs and location found. We must reiterate that we do not recommend “rescuing” dogs on your own and then calling us to take them. If you do so, you severely limit our ability to help that Boxer as we can have difficulty making arrangements at a moment’s notice.
“Do You Take Boxer Mixes?”
“Do you take Boxer mixes?” Regretfully, the answer is no for various reasons. It is not an exaggeration to say we almost always have a lack of foster home space. At any given time, we are paying a variety of kennel operators to care for the Boxers on our waiting list until foster home space opens up. Generally, when people apply to adopt a Boxer through our rescue, they are seeking a purebred Boxer. If you have a Boxer mix you no longer wish to keep in your family, we encourage you to contact us and we will do our very best to refer you to an all-breed rescue or shelter that may be able to help.
“How Do I Adopt A Boxer?”
Visit our Available Page to view all of Our Boxers for adoption. Everyone must fill out an adoption application to be considered. Your application will be reviewed by the adoption committee. We try to process your application within 2-3 days. You will receive either a telephone call or an e-mail stating your application’s status. If approved, you will be contacted, have a home visit and then permitted to visit any of the Boxers within our program that would be a good match for you. …Learn More.
“Why Is There An Adoption Fee?”
100% of your adoption fee pays for operating expenses which are primarily: vaccinations, sterilization operation, heartworm test, exam, rabies tag, microchip (when applicable) and general care while the dogs are in the rescue program. Red Dirt Boxer Rescue is made up entirely of volunteer help; we have no paid positions or officers!
“Can I Adopt An Intact Boxer?”
Nope. Red Dirt Boxer Rescue and every legitimate breed rescue will only adopt out dogs that have been altered (spayed or neutered). The reason animal shelters and rescues have to exist, is because there is a horrendous pet overpopulation problem in our “disposable pet” society. We often do not know the backgrounds (genetic and behavioral) of most of the dogs that come into rescue. More importantly, we definitely do not want to be a party to contributing to additional unwanted animals being born; therefore, ALL dogs leaving rescue will be sterilized, unless there is a medical reason to delay it.
“Where Does RDBR Get Its Boxers?”
Red Dirt Boxer Rescue receives Boxers in a few different ways. Many come to us from shelters and animal control facilities. We pull them out if they are in danger of being euthanized because of shelter overcrowding. RDBR also gets many Boxers from families who give up their dogs for a variety of reasons. If we are given vet records we will have them in a file for the new family at the time of adoption. We also acquire some wonderful Boxers as strays! They are found by Good Samaritans who in turn give the dog to us, so we may have his health evaluated, attempt to find his family, and failing that, find him a good home. We do on occasion accept Boxers into our program that is severely abused. In such a case, we have a trainer/behaviorist evaluate the Boxer to ensure a proper, safe, and successful placement.
“Where Is RDBR Located?”
RDBR has no “official” location. We do not have a kennel facility. We have wonderful volunteers throughout Oklahoma. Boxers in our rescue program all stay in our private foster homes that can be found throughout Oklahoma, but primarily in the Oklahoma City metro area.
“How Old Are The Boxers?”
The Boxers in Red Dirt Boxer Rescue’s program, are generally from age 1-8 yrs. The average and most common age of a Boxer in rescue is 12 months-3 years. There is a reason for this. A Boxer is late to mature and tends to be in his adolescence at this time, something an inexperienced and uncommitted person may not want to deal with. Occasionally RDBR will gain custody of a Boxer younger than 12 months and older than 8 years of age.
“What Did The Boxer Do To Get Stuck in Rescue?”
As previously mentioned, Boxers are a late maturing breed (around age 3) and as such, they are often misunderstood. A Boxer between the age of 12 months to 3 years, is typically in his “adolescence.” A Boxer that age can be hard to handle for the novice who did little or no research before acquiring one. If not given the proper amount of exercise and attention each day, Boxers can be destructive to belongings. Many people who do not want to take the time to train their dogs appropriately, turn them over to rescue. Some families fall on hard times and feel they can no longer properly care for their boxer.
“I Have A Boxer I Can No Longer Keep. What Do I Do?”
RDBR will help you IF there is space in our rescue program and IF the dog is socially stable and exhibits traits common to the breed standard. We regret that we cannot accept Boxer mixes. There are two ways in which RDBR may be able to assist you in finding a new home for your purebred Boxer.
#1 If we have no space and if your Boxer meets the requirements above. We will list your dog on our website. We will need a bio from you with a picture. You must agree to keep your dog safe at home with you and not give it away, sell it, or surrender it to a shelter. You are encouraged to bring your Boxer to adoption events as this gives them a better chance to be adopted.
Volunteers at RDBR will screen applicants for your dog by reading over their application, checking vet references and performing a home visit, if applicable. There is a fee to you, as you can see, volunteers take their own free time to make long distance calls and visit homes in an effort to place your dog appropriately. We provide this service because we can’t bear to think of what happens to many dogs who are just given away randomly for free. Until we have an endless supply of foster home space, this is the only option we have for helping each needy Boxer we are made aware of.
#2 If space allows and your Boxer meets our requirements above, we may be able to place them into our foster program. You will sign a document releasing custody of your dog to us.