Help! I have a dog that needs to come into rescue!
We receive eight to ten (sometimes more!) notices of purebred boxers in pounds and shelters in middle and east Tennessee every week. Those dogs usually have very little time to live if they aren't adopted, returned to owners, or sent into rescue. Our facilities are extremely limited, as are our foster homes. For this reason, we must give first priority to these dogs; even so, we must turn away most of them. Regretfully, this means we are frequently unable to accept owner-surrendered dogs. We will gladly help owners re-home adoptable dogs by posting photos and information on our webpage. Instructions about how to have your dog posted are below.
Requirements for surrendering your dog
Regrettably, our expenses have skyrocketed, and our adoption fee does not come close to covering our expenses. Therefore, if your dog is not up to date on inoculations, and/or is not spayed or neutered, you must either:
1. have it done before we bring the dog into our program;
2. pay our costs for those services (at our discounted rates);
3. take your dog to an Animal Control, Humane Shelter, or other facility that is willing to release a dog to rescue (and includes inoculations and spay/neuter in its adoption fee), pay their adoption fee, and tell the facility that Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue is willing to adopt the dog.
It is important that you coordinate with us if you choose option #3, so we know to get your dog from the facility.
Your dog may not be a candidate for Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue
If your dog is injured, ill, or otherwise requires expensive veterinary care, its odds of finding an adoptive home are extremely slim. For this reason, we sadly must often refuse to accept such dogs. Manageable, inexpensive conditions (such as a need for thyroid medication) generally will not be a problem.
If your dog is up in age (there is no specific age - it depends on the dog), and especially if the dog has been with you most of its life, it also is extremely difficult to find an adopter. In many cases, it would be more humane to euthanize than to have your much-loved house dog spend the rest of its life in a kennel.
We wish we could help when someone calls about a stray. Unfortunately,we cannot take strays. If we did, we would have to keep the dog for eight weeks, and advertise the entire time, so that an owner would have a chance to reclaim the dog. We could not put it out for adoption during that time, and for those eight weeks, we wouldn't be able to use that run to save the lives of dogs facing euthanasia in pounds and shelters. Our goal is to save as many dogs as possible; deliberately tying up a run for that long may cost the lives of many other dogs. Strays should be taken to your local Animal Control or Humane Shelter. If they are not reclaimed or adopted when their holding period is up, we can legally take them into our program and immediately put them up for adoption. However, our ability to take them depends on the availability of our kennel space or foster homes. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that the dog would be safe if you take it to Animal Control or a Humane Shelter.
We also cannot take boxer mixes. They are extremely difficult for us to adopt out, since potential adopters come to us looking for a purebred. An adopter wanting a mix would likely start by going to a pound or shelter. We have accepted mixes in the past, and most have been here for months - some for more than two years! Again, we would not be able to save the lives of many other dogs during the time a run is tied up with a mixed breed. This would not serve the goals of Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue, which are to save as many boxers as possible. As with owner-surrendered dogs, we will gladly post boxer mixes on our website to help find an adoptive home.
How to list your dog on the Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue website
It is possible that we can help you place your boxer or boxer mix without having to actually bring him into our program. What we can do is put his photo(s) and information on our web page and refer potential adopters to you. You can send us some photos and a few paragraphs of description (age, color, size, tricks, does he get along with other dogs? cats? kids? any health problems? housebroken? crate trained? any training?, etc.) - anything that might make him interesting to someone who might be looking for a dog just like that? Please say where he is located. Photos should include a head shot, a full body photo, and (if possible) a photo that shows your dog looking cute or cuddly, or at least happy.
We would put your email address or phone number (you say which) on the webpage so people can contact you directly.It would be up to you to satisfy yourself that the applicant would be a good home. Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue would not be involved in any manner in the process, beyond posting the information.
We do require that all dogs on our webpage be spayed or neutered (verification from your vet required).
If you are interested in our putting your dog on our website, please send us photos and descriptions. You can look at the bottom of the "Females" and "Males" pages on our website to get ideas about how to write a description.
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