In Memory of Mike

There is a lot about volunteering for rescue to love: The joy and relief you see on the dogs face when first pulled from the shelter. How your heart swells as the dog emerges from their shell and shows you what an amazing dog they’re going to be. 
The happiness in the eyes of the new adoptive family. The photos and follow-ups that show what an amazing life these dogs now get to lead keeps rescuers going from day to day.
But there is a lot about rescue that is rip-your-heart-out-of-your-chest, stomp-it-in-to-the ground, burn it, put it through a blender and then shove it back in and try to get it to work again too. 
And that is dogs like Mike. Mike must’ve had a happy, stable and loving home for most of his life. His indomitable spirit and smile attested to him once being loved and well cared for. It’s a long story that put Mike in the shelter, on the list for euthanasia, unable to use his back legs.
Thanks to the love and generosity of LE Officer and  Ashley, Mike was able to be saved. He was able to have a loving home for the months leading up to his final day. He was able to be reunited with his brother, separated by the shelter and reunited by circumstance. He was able to have one last romp in the grass.
With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to Mike: may you run free at the rainbow bridge on all four legs. We love you.

Mike

10 year old male boxer

Say hello to Mike. He was a "stray" which is pretty odd considering that he couldn't walk... So he was abandoned. Mike is adjusting to his wheelchair and LOVES being mobile again. He just wants a home and love. Please give Mike a chance.







Adoption Fee: $250


Breed: Boxer   
Age: 10 Years
Size: Large
Gender: Male


Good with:
Dogs: Yes
Kids: Yes
Cats: Yes

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APPLY HERE FOR ADOPTION
Before you adopt, we would like to request that you consider few things:
 1. Dogs 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 kind of commitment.  If you think that you may not be able to make a commitment to make it work, then we kindly request you reconsider adoption.
2. No dog is 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?  Dogs have the average develepomental level of a 18 month old to 3 year old child. They need love and attention.  If your life is busy and you 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.  .
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.

Before you Adopt

  1. Visit us at an adoption event or on-line at www.boxersandbuddies.com  
  2. Fill out an adoption application
  3. Get a letter of permission from your landlord or homeowner
  4. A volunteer will call you to "meet and greet" the dogs you're interested in
  5. Once you've found your new family member, a volunteer will schedule a home check to make sure it's an appropriate and safe environment.
  6. 100% of your donation goes to the care of the dogs. Our donations are tax-deductable and are as follows:

Steps to Adoption


Puppies - $350
Adult Dogs - $250
Seniors for Seniors - $150

Please feel free to give more. This is not a purchase price for the dog, but a donation to the organization so we may continue to rescue and save.

You must be 21 or Older to Adopt 
If you do not own your home, a letter from your landlord or the homeowner is required.
All current pets must be: Spayed/Neutured, Current on Vaccinations, Registered with your Local Animal Control (Yes we do call and verify this information)
We require ALL of our adopted dogs to attend a minimum 5 week professionally run obedience course. 
Be aware of your local pet regulations and limits, we do follow them when placing and dog.
Our dogs are family companions and MUST sleep inside the house. If you don't lock your kids outside or in the garage for the night don't expect to put your dog there.
Our dogs are lifelong companions - not disposible accessories. Expect to make your future life decisions: marriage, new jobs, moving, new baby, additional pets, with your dog in mind. They will live 12-18 years. They deserve a stable home.

Adoption Requirements: