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Adopt A Boxer Rescue is proud to be the recipient of a grant by The Boxer Rescue Foundation

Adopt A Boxer Rescue - proud and grateful recipients of a grant from the ASPCA

AABR recently received a grant from the ASPCA Philly RAP for $2,050.  Thanks to the hard work and good relationship of AABR Philadelphia, PA area volunteer Colleen Kane, this grant will help AABR rescue and care for many of the dogs coming for the Philly area. 

Philadelphia, PA is one of the ASPCA's targeted Mission Orange Sites. You can read more about it by clicking on the link below:

ASPCA Target Orange

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We at AABR, believe that a Boxer is just about the perfect friend.  However, he or she will demand a lot from you.  They'll rely on you for nearly everything; food, water, shelter, protection, training, exercise, grooming, veterinary care, and of course love and companionship.  While it is important to choose the right Boxer for your needs, it is equally important to ensure that you can meet theirs.  You must prepare for their arrival, and make them a well-mannered and welcome  member of your community.   The responsibilities of being a guardian of any dog are great, but the love and friendship you'll receive in return is priceless. 
Adopt A Boxer Rescue is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) charitable organization formed to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned boxer dogs. We work within Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, Washington DC and Rhode Island.
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We have a fun fundraising opportunity!   AABR alum Abby Girl has her own Instagram page, Abby_the_boxer_

and Abby"s owners will donate $1 for every new "follower" up to $7,500 over the next sixty days!   Abby's page will be updated daily with terrific photos of Abby living a grand life in Florida and Colorado, all thanks to AABR and its wonderful volunteers.  This is a great opportunity to raise money for AABR and see some wonderful boxer pics.   (Remember the underscore at the end, as there is another Abby the boxer on Instagram, or just click on the link above.)

Help us Save the Missouri Mill Dogs

The Story

Adopt a Boxer found out recently that one of the largest puppy mills in Missouri is shutting down, and as a result, is auctioning off all of its dogs on August 6. Of the estimated 700 dogs representing close to 30 breeds, there are 12 boxers going on the block. We have committed to helping these dogs, especially any who are injured or in need of medical care.

If you have followed our rescue over the past several years, you know we have dedicated many of our resources to saving the mill dogs from our own back yard, Lancaster County PA. Each year, we have been able to get more dogs out of the mills and into loving homes. These dogs range from needing just a little TLC, to needing major socialization. From just needing a spay and vaccines to needing tumors removed and subsequent care. From needing overly long nails clipped to getting rotted teeth removed. From having minor skin infections treated to having mange and secondary infection all over their bodies.

Attending an auction will be a first for us. We will be working with local rescues to get as many dogs to freedom as possible. We don't want any to end up going right back into another mill. We will need you help to get the job done. Please consider making a donation towards our goal of $10,000.

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Broadway Barks 18 - Saturday July 30, 2016
3:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Shubert Alley , NYC

AABR will be there... Will You?

Can't wait to see you there!

2016 is for all Earth's Creatures!
MAX needs our help!
Max update - 07/11/16

Max is doing well and wants to say thank you to all of his fans.  Max is definitely turning the corner but we're a long way from covering his medical bills. If you'd like to help with Max's medical costs, please consider donating using the link at the top of the page.



Max is leaving the hospital tomorrow. He is on oral medication now and so far so good. His cultures are negative. We are still waiting for the tick profile test results. His bill is close to $16,000 Max also has a full cruciate tear and a few separated ribs (sort of like a fracture). The ribs are a result of the blood and infection that was in his chest. The cruciate might have been the incident in his home when he was outside playing and started to cry. There is no way Max is a candidate for any surgery so the knee will form arthritis and hopefully not cause too much discomfort. We will post some pictures tomorrow when he gets settled in at his foster home.
Please consider donating to Max's medical care. Although he is going home, we still have a very large bill topay and will also need to cover his continuing care. Donate using the DONATE link at the top of this page.


Max is off oxygen, but is still in the critical care unit.  We have reached our current goal of $9,000, but we anticipate his final bill will end up closer to $15,000.  We will have a better estimate once it is determined if Max is able to have surgery to clear up the multiple abscesses around his spine, groin, and abdomen.  His doctors at UPenn are consulting with the doctors at Cornell, so we know Max is getting the best care we can provide.  Max would like to thank everyone for the donations towards his hospital stay!  We will keep his page updated as the doctors learn more about his condition. 

5/29/16 -

At only 8 months of age, Max is in urgent need of your support.  On Thursday morning, he was brought to the vet with a high fever and complete paralysis.  As he was treated at the vet's office, Max's pain level increased.  He is now able to move his legs, but is unable to stand or walk.  The slightest movement caused him to scream out in pain.  Max was transported to an emergency hospital in Maryland on Friday evening.  They indicated that his fever was 104.2.  Max had a high respiratory rate, bruising on his legs, and fluid in his chest.  His platelets and red blood cell counts were very low.  The emergency hospital felt that the next 48 hours would be critical for Max. 

This evening, the decision was made to move Max to the Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital.  He is in critical condition at this time.  Max will have a blood transfusion this evening.  They are then hoping to tap his chest to examine the fluid.  There will be an ultrasound completed to examine his internal organs.  Max is receiving oxygen to help his breathing. 

The vets do not know if Max will win this battle, but we are doing everything we can to save him.  This boy really needs a miracle.  To help with his care, please donate using PayPal using the DONATE link at the top of this page.

Brewster New York - Finally a Happy Ending!


Happy Ending and Memorial

It is with sadness and great joy that we advise of the passing of beautiful Shannon

The sadness is obvious... the joy needs some explanation.  The joy comes from knowing that Adopt A Boxer Rescue found a wonderful forever home for a dog that somehow, years ago, had ended up in a shelter.  Amazingly, despite all our efforts and meticulous review of applicants, we are never really sure that the home we have selected will turn out to be our dog's forever home.  Tonight I raise my glass of wine and toast to Shannon, and to her family, and to all the great volunteers who helped select this family. Remember this moment and this feeling.

Her family wrote:

We adopted this beautiful girl in 2005 named Shannon. We are so sad to say she passed away peacefully In our arms yesterday. We were lucky enough to have her love for 11 years and we were able to care for her with diabetes successfully for that long as well. We feel blessed that she was in our lives and want to thank you for making the connection.
Thank you,
Stacey and Bryan Rossano



05/22/16:  Focus on: Seniors

People are dumping their dogs in record numbers, and many of these boxers are SENIORS. We need your help with seniors.  They need great families to step up and and give them the forever home and love they deserve. 

AABR is reducing the adoption fees for seniors to $100...

And if you are a prior AABR adopter, the adoption fee will be $50.

Please consider adding a senior boxer to your family.  If you have had a boxer into it's senior years, think about how terrible it would be if for some reason your senior boxer needed a new home, and most of the potential adopters only wanted 1 to 3 year olds.  Imagine your dog's photo is in one of the boxes below, or click on the link to the right to meet Your Senior Boxer.

Needs Foster Home

Your Senior Boxer

Just some of our Senior Boxers:


Tyson Memorial

Rosie Memorial






Charlie (AKA Spike)


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Stand up for Pennsylvania Dogs

Dear Dawn,

Pennsylvania's dogs need you! The Office of Dog Law Enforcement has struggled for years for the finances to adequately inspect kennels, investigate cruelty, and crack down on cruel puppy mills. Money from the Dog Law Restricted Account, which is used to enforce puppy mill laws, is being diverted to an unrelated account while enforcement efforts go underfunded.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to Sen. John Blake (717) 787-6481 and urge support for HB 913 to allow the Office of Dog Law to keep all revenues generated by fines imposed on unscrupulous breeders.

After you call, don't forget to send a follow-up message.
Wayne Pacelle
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO



Please take a second look...

If you are interested in adding a new member to your family, and have decided to rescue a boxer, please take a minute to understand what rescue is.

Rescue is taking in a dog in need, no matter what age, sex, color, cuteness, etc..  AABR does that.

What that means is that if most of the adoption applications we get, are for females, under two years old, flashy fawn, and good with kids, dogs, cats, etc.. then what do we do with all our three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve and thirteen years olds?

And what do we do with all the white and brindle dogs? Or the males and females that don't meet your wish list? Granted we try do are best to match the "good with kids, dogs, cats, etc.. " for safety sake, but many dogs, if given the right training and time, can fit into many complicated households.

And consider the following... What would happen to your own dogs, if for some reason you needed rescue to take your dog, or worse, your dog became a stray and ended up in rescue.  Would people overlook your dog because of their age or color?  Or maybe you have not successfully trained your current dog to be "good with kids, dogs, cats, etc.. ", limiting their appeal to someone looking to adopt a dog. What would become of them?

So we ask you to take a second look at the 60 to 70 dogs on AABR's available dog page.  Maybe they are a bit older then you may think you want, or the wrong color, or have a bad picture that doesn't show their true beauty, but they are all beautiful.  Consider what RESCUE really is, and please take a second look at the dogs outside of your original criteria.


The NY State Pet Dealer Bill is law!

Thank you New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo!

Today the Governor signed what is known as the Pet Dealer Bill, a bill that gives local municipalities the right to enact stricter legislation protecting animals in our communities.  In the United States there are seven puppies or kittens born for every human born.  There will never be enough homes for all those animals, so a good percentage of them are destined to be disposed of via euthanasia.  When someone can go out shopping for clothes, and come home with a puppy they passed in a pet shop in the mall, you know that even the "lucky" puppies that make it to a home often don't last there very long. 

The surplus of animals is wrong for the animals who are cruelly treated, wrong for taxpayers who foot the cost of managing the welfare of surplus animals, and just plain wrong for society. 

This is just a first step to solving the pet overpopulation problem.  In other states where similar laws have already passed, pet shops, now without the endless supply of puppies, have begun working with shelters.  The pet shops are now providing adoptable shelter animals to the public.  Laws should now be passed at the county level, and even right in your home town, banning the sale of puppies and kittens raised in cruel and unhealthy puppy mills.  Challenge your town board who now has the right and the responsibility to adopt ethical and tough new laws to crack down on puppy mills and bad breeders who place profit above the health and safety of animals.  It's the right thing to do.

Sandy Trehy
Adopt A Boxer Rescue


Rescue Awareness Campaign

Nine times out of ten, when we ask dog owners out in the community, where they got their pure breed dog from, the answer will be a "pet shop".  When asked if they knew about rescues, most have not. When given enough time to talk to them about rescue, a majority of them say that had they known, they would have rescued a dog from a breed rescue. 

We need to do a better job of educating the public on breed rescues, and mixed breed rescues, also.  A dog is a dog, and a life saved is a life saved.

Rescues can commit to the care and training that most municipal shelters can't.  By taking in dogs, rescues relieve the pressure from shelters, freeing up kennel space for the next stray.  Rescues do this without any tax dollars.  We get to know our dogs, and we get to know our applicants, to make the best match possible...  to find the dogs their forever homes.

Somehow owner surrenders know or learn about rescues when they are looking to he-home their dog.  We need to talk up rescue and make rescue the place people think about first when looking for their next furry friend.  We know that we have thousands of potential rescue advocates out there.  You are one of them!

Can you please help? We know if you are reading this, you are aware of rescue.  But do you make a point of mentioning it in conversation?

Please COMMIT to telling your rescue story to one new person each day.

Make a Difference today!

The Good News and The Bad News!


The Good News is that Adopt A Boxer Rescues' adoptions for last quarter have beaten all prior quarters in AABR's history!  Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and to you, our caring boxer lovers.  You helped by either providing a home for one of our great dogs, or by helping to educate the public about rescuing dogs instead of adding to the overpopulation problem by shopping for puppies.

The bad news is that it costs a lot of money to rescue dogs.  For the first time in AABR's history, we lost money last fiscal year.  But already our volunteers and our friends, the same caring folks that love boxers, are stepping up and helping us fill that gap. 

We had a "Get back to Black" Friday that helped, and volunteer Charlie Kernochan will be running the NYC Marathon for the boxers of AABR.  (see below). 

And during this same time frame we were lucky to have had a co-operative grant from an organization called Mixed Breeds in Need, that funded an ad running in four Long Island movie theaters over the last eight weeks.  Click here to see it.

We think all this has made a big difference.

Please help by supporting one of our fundraisers, ( see our Events in the right column), or by asking friends and families to contribute to AABR, in lieu of a birthday gift or other celebration. 

And thanks to all of you who help AABR help the Boxers!



Calendars, Cards, Wine and More make great holiday gifts ... And help the dogs!



Save lives: Become a pet foster

Gila Todd
 January 13, 2013

Being a volunteer foster for any animal shelter or rescue is one of the most invaluable volunteer services you can offer. It will leave you feeling rewarded knowing you have saved a life.

There are so many reasons to become a foster. Reasons that are not only beneficial to homeless pets, but to you, your family, and your pets as well.

  1. Fostering frees up much needed space in an overcrowded shelter.

  2. Saves animals from a probable death due to overcrowding, illness, or injury.

  3. Removes pets from noisy, overcrowded shelter where they receive little individual attention.

  4. Allows pets to thrive in a home atmosphere where more of their true habits and personalities show.

  5. Gives you an opportunity to keep a pet without long term commitment.

  6. Gives any current pets you may have a playmate.

  7. Provides companionship for your children while teaching them how to care for another being.

  8. Prepares you for the long term commitment of one day having a pet of your own.

The responsibilities of fostering can vary from pet to pet depending on many factors like overall pet health, age, breed, etc., but the basics are all the same; love, care, shelter, and companionship. If you are prepared to provide even the basics for a foster pet, it’s something you may be well suited for and should look into further.

Each pet shelter or rescue has its own set of guidelines for fostering. Check with your local pet shelter or rescue to see if your situation meets their guidelines. Sit down and talk with their foster counselor and determine what type of pet would be best suited for you. Once a pet comes in, that meets mutual criteria, you will be notified.

Many times shelters or rescues will provide food, medical care, and other necessities for their foster pets. But if you’re one of those people who consider the expense as part of the fostering process even the law gives you a little shelter for your donation dollars. As of 2012 the law has determined that many expenses incurred while fostering pets for a 501(c)(3) non-profit shelter or rescue, to be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

During the time you are fostering you’ll be expected to treat the animal as your own, not only providing necessities, but love and companionship as well. Some fosters go the extra step and provide some training for their foster pets.

Fostered animals stand out as being more adaptable and better socialized than the average shelter dog or cat making them more attractive to potential adopters. Foster pets are settled into more of a normal daily routine and will easily make the transition from foster to their forever homes.

While fostering, you will have an insight to each foster animal that workers in a shelter might not see. You have the ability to build on their profiles used to show them off to potential adopters. You also have unbridled access to each of your foster pets which means plenty of opportunity to take photographs or video to add to each animal’s bio. Any detailed information you can give, including images, makes your foster that much more attractive to potential adopters. The more they can know and see about the animal, the more interested they will show.

If you are interested in become a pet foster, please contact your nearest shelter or rescue and inquire about their registration and qualification guidelines.

This is what AABR volunteers in NY State have been calling for! This is the closest we've ever been... We need your help to make a change in NEW YORK STATE's regulations regarding pet dealers.  It takes less than 2 minutes to do.


UPDATE 06/21/13: New York State Animal Advocates......The bill  has passed, The bill has passed!
The NYS Senate bill PASSED!!  S3753
Allowing local municipalities  HOME RULE on pet dealers in our communities.

 THANK YOU ALL  for being part of this life changing bill.
ALL Your phone calls, emails , prayers  made the passage of this bill possible.
Puppy mill dogs, pet shop puppies and consumers will all benefit from the passage of this bill.
Thank you to Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and her staff, Senator Mark Grisanti and his staff.
Without their commitment  to animal welfare this bill would have never been.
Please , please send them a thank you email

We now need Governor Cuomo to sign this bill into law
Still have much more work ahead of us on a local level, But  not today.

 Today we CELEBRATE!


According to the American Humane Association each year in the United States approximately 8 million stray and unwanted animals are turned into animal shelters.  Nearly half of the animals turned into the shelters, approximately 3.7 million will be euthanized due to the lack of good homes.

We have a terrible pet overpopulation and animal cruelty problem, and finally New York State is poised to make way for a change.  New York is one of the last states to maintain regulation of pet dealers solely at the state level. New York State’s pet dealer regulations do not adequately protect dogs in the state’s many commercial breeding facilities. These dogs typically spend their entire lives in tiny, cramped wire-floored cages that are stacked on top of each other—often outdoors, with no protection from the elements. Their puppies, which are purchased in pet stores, online and even on a breeder’s property, often go to their new homes with diseases, parasites or congenital and hereditary conditions. New owners are given the choice of returning sick puppies to pet stores where they will most likely be euthanized, or incurring the often lifetime costs associated with treating these illnesses.  (Read more and please act...)

This is what AABR volunteers in CT State have been calling for! This is the closest we've ever been... We need your help to make a change in Connecticut regulations regarding pet dealers.  It takes less than 2 minutes to do.

Advocacy Center

Action Alert
Connecticut: Be the First State to Ban Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs in Pet Stores

CT H.B. 5027—Prohibits Sale of Dogs and Cats Obtained from Substandard Animal Mills
Sponsor:  Connecticut Joint Environment Committee
ASPCA Position:  Support ONLY as amended on House Floor
Action Needed:  Ask your Connecticut state senator and state representative to cosponsor and Governor Malloy to support the Bipartisan Amendment to require Connecticut pet shops to sell or adopt out only dogs and cats who have been humanely sourced from public animal control facilities or nonprofit rescue organizations.

Thanks to Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield), Connecticut is poised to enact the first state law in the country to ban the sale of commercially bred dogs in pet shops!

If amended on the House floor as hoped, H.B. 5027 would prohibit pet shops from selling commercially bred dogs and cats as of January 1, 2016, instead requiring that only dogs and cats who are humanely sourced from animal control facilities and nonprofit rescue organizations be sold or adopted out in pet shops. This measure would help end the demand for puppies from cruel puppy mills, who are often sold in pet stores, and would reduce pet overpopulation and the resulting high rates of euthanasia.

What You Can Do

(1)  Even if you have done so previously, please call your Connecticut state senator and state representative in Hartford to urge them to cosponsor this Bipartisan Amendment.  Your message can be as simple as: “As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor the Bipartisan Amendment to House Bill 5027 that would require pet shops to sell or adopt out only dogs and cats who are humanely sourced from public animal control facilities or nonprofit rescue organizations.” You may look up your CT senator's and representative's names and phone numbers here.

(2) Please call Governor Malloy at (860) 566-4840 to request his support for this Bipartisan Amendment. Your message can be as simple as: “As your constituent, I urge you to support the Bipartisan Amendment to House Bill 5027 that would require pet shops to sell or adopt out only dogs and cats who are humanely sourced from public animal control facilities or nonprofit rescue organizations.”

Thank you, Connecticut!

This is what AABR volunteers in PA are calling for to enforce the PA Laws that have not been funded properly.  It takes less than 2 minutes to do.

Advocacy Center

Action Alert
Pennsylvania: Support Bills to Fund Dog Protection!

PA H.B. 913/S.B. 718—Funding for Dog Law Enforcement
Sponsors:  Rep. Katharine Watson/Senator Charles McIlhinney
ASPCA Position:  Support
Action Needed:  Urge your state representative and state senator to cosponsor these important bills to help sustain the enforcement of our humane laws.

Pennsylvania’s people and pets rely heavily on the Office of Dog Law Enforcement, which is charged with inspecting large-scale commercial dog breeders, investigating dog bite incidents and picking up stray dogs. However, since 1987 most of the fine and penalty money obtained from violations of the Pennsylvania Dog Law has been diverted for non-animal-related purposes, rather than directed toward the agency’s critical work.

Fortunately, the state is considering legislation (H.B. 913 and S.B. 718) to ensure that all Dog Law fines and penalties will be used to sustain the Office of Dog Law Enforcement’s operations.

What You Can Do

1. Find the names and phone numbers of your Pennsylvania state representative and state senator here, then call their offices in Harrisburg.

Your message can be as simple as, “As your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor H.B. 913 and S.B. 718 to ensure that all Dog Law fines and penalties are used to fund the Office of Dog Law Enforcement’s critical operations.”

2. Send the below email letter to your state representative and state senator to reinforce your request.

Thank you for your help, Pennsylvania!


New York State - New Animal Protection Initiative!

A.G. Schneiderman Launches New Animal Protection Initiative

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the formation of a new Animal Protection Initiative aimed at shutting down criminal animal fighting rings, ensuring compliance with New York State’s Pet Lemon Law, charging those who abuse or neglect animals, and cracking down on the abuses of so-called “puppy mills” in order to protect the welfare of the animals being sold and the consumers. Drawing on resources from the Office of the Attorney General’s regional offices as well as many of the Office’s bureaus, this new initiative will use civil and criminal remedies to target allegations of animal cruelty and unscrupulous sales of pets and other animals.

In announcing the new Animal Protection Initiative, Attorney General Schneiderman also highlighted a string of recent successes in combating animal cruelty and related issues. Today, he announced a civil settlement with a Yonkers pet store that was keeping animals in unsafe and inhumane conditions. The settlement includes a $20,000 fine and an agreement that the store cease its illegal activities.

To read more:


Send this link to your legislators asking them to put forth legislation to prohibit the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet shops ...



We have a lot of Seniors and some Extraordinary medical bills to pay... Please sponsor a dog, attend a fundraiser, or purchase flower bulbs, soap, or wine in support of AABR!

Adopt A Boxer Rescue takes in sick dogs, injured dogs, and older dogs.  We do it because it is the right thing to do, and also because you expect us to... You call us and write to us when you see a boxer that needs help.  Now we need your help to continue to help the dogs.

If you would like to help with a particular cause, please write it in the memo field of your donation. 

Some of the dogs with big medical bills are...

  • Fawn - Two badly repaired broken legs needed additional surgeries $$$$$$

  • Greta - 1 yr old with liver cirrhosis - $$$$$$$

  • Ziggy - Eye Ulcer and heart problem

  • Precious - 3 month old pup with no use of her back legs - $$$$$$

  • Harley - Double hip replacement - Going this week to Veterinary Specialist - Estimate ~ $3000 / hip

  • Max - Mandibulectomy $4000, complication from mandibulectomy requiring removal of salivary glands $3000

  • Cash - Pancreatitis $1000

  • Sunflower - Allergies $2000

  • Abby / Axiel - Spay/ Neuters - ~ $200 /dog + Cherry Eye operation ~ $400

  • Abby's Puppies - Spay/ Neuters - ~ $200 /pup

  • Rambo - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Diagnosis, meds, behavior modification ~$2000 so far.

  • Heartworm Treatments - Currently 5 boxers ~ $500 each


Dog Food Recall -

Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Jerky Treats Recall



In researching the newest of pet food recalls, I found the following!!!

Back in 2007, many dog foods were found to be contaminated with Melamine. See FDA Summary of that recall.  There was a large list of brands that made it to the list immediately, and then the "better" brands started to be added.  But a month had pasted when I thought to myself how wise a decision I had made in choosing the food I had for my dogs... It had not made the list... Until it did!  And then I realized how dumb I had really been for keeping my loved ones on that brand a whole month more then I should have... Since then I have only given my guys home made human grade food... And I now only have to worry about human food recalls... or do I?

I kind of thought that since treats make up such a small percentage of their diet, I could get away with still giving them to my dogs.  It also seemed somehow too hard to make treats although I did try it a few times.  So I read the ingredients in the treats, and thought I was doing a good job until today when I realized I had sweet potato treats in by cabinet that were on the new "suspect" list. AaaahhhhhHHHHHH!


Pet Treats You May Want to Avoid

The brands allegedly implicated in the sweet potato treat problem are:

  • Beefeaters Sweet Potato Snacks for Dogs (16 varieties of yam-related treats)

  • Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good Dog Treats (Nestlé Purina)

  • Dogswell Veggie Life Vitality (4 varieties)

Keep in mind that although the problem treats are often identified as “jerky” treats, they also go by a host of other names, including tenders, strips, chips, wraps, twists, and several others.

Per Poisoned Pets 2, in 2010 the FDA found that a sweet potato dog treat made by a certain company in China was contaminated with phorate, a highly toxic pesticide.

There is speculation there could be problems with pork treats and cat treats imported from China as well.

For more information on why you need to be vigilant about reading pet food labels, making phone calls to manufacturers, and really doing your homework on what you’re feeding your dog or cat, read my article Pet Food and China - More Cause for Concern?

So I am asking for your input on this... If you have a good and easy treat recipe you'd like to share, write me at  I have a food dehydrator I haven't unboxed yet... I bought it when the chicken jerky treats started making it to the news as being suspect with kidney failure in our dogs. 

And please, if nothing else, don't feed any processed "pet food" that wasn't "completely" made in the United States or Canada. 

And this is my opinion... if you do feed processed pet food, slowly introduce and cycle into your pet's diet, many diverse brands and recipes.  Dogs fed 24/7/365 on one brand and type of processed food will be the first and worst effected by any poison found in that brand.  Mixing it up gives you and your dogs a chance that they will be on the next food recalled for a shorter period of time.

Slow and Steady WON the race... New Adopters and Adopter Wanna Be's Please Read.

08/09/12 Happy Beginnings - Box


I wanted to write something to you guys that may be helpful to your future adopters.

My family and I decided to adopt a boxer from the rescue back in Feb. after seeing them at a pet expo in Long Island. We had been thinking about it for a while because we wanted our 4 year old female boxer (Mahalo) to have a friend and we just love the breed so much... //...

Arriving home we followed what we thought was the proper way to introduce the two. I walked Box in the street past the house a few times and my wife brought Mahalo out on a leash. Ok we are ready!  Not so fast, Mahalo didn't feel as happy as we did. She wasn't feeling our joy. I thought they were going to eat each other, I heard sounds like I never heard before. Not to mention the sounds coming from my wife and children. The thoughts I had of two dogs running and playing together, sleeping together , smiling children all came to a screeching halt.  My wife and I sat on the front lawn 20 yards apart with two dogs that wanted no part of each other. At this point I think the dogs had a better chance of survival than my wife and I. (read Story)

Unusually High Number of Dogs Being Surrendered to AABR Due families not socializing and training their dogs!!!!!

As with any breed, obedience training is essential for a well-mannered companion. Boxers are an intelligent, clever breed. It is important to remember that an intelligent dog can devise many ways of getting into trouble. Boxers must be trained in a firm but fair manner - they do not respond well to (or deserve) harsh treatment.  It is your responsibility to train your dog early, and continue training throughout your dog's life.  A puppy training class at the local pet supply store is not all the training your dog will need to make him or her good canine citizens.  Without proper leadership, a typical boxer may very well take on that role.  That role is the decision making role of the pack.  No dog should ever be handed that role in the family... It leads to problems... and then rescues and shelters get those problems.  If you are having problems with your pack, please ask for help BEFORE asking us to take your dog. 


Unusually High Number of Dogs Being Surrendered to AABR Due to New Babies in or Expected in the Family -  Please Read...

The best way for pet parents to help a companion animal cope with the arrival of a new baby is to plan well in advance of delivery day. Goals should include:

  • Designing a daily schedule that covers all your pet’s needs for good nutrition, physical activity, and social interaction/playtime.

  • Making gradual changes to your pet’s daily routine before bringing the new little person home.

  • Reviewing training needs, especially for dogs in the household. If your pup’s response to commands and general behavior needs some fine-tuning, the time to do it is now, before your hands are full with a new little one.

  • Familiarizing your pet with all the new gear that comes with baby, especially in the nursery.

  • Read More

From Mercola Healthy Pets Article

Interesting Viewing...




 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines Revised in 2011

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Task Force has updated their vaccination guidelines for 2011.

For those of us that have been watching this and speaking about this for years, it is good to see the AAHA Guidelines changed.  We have known much more about the good and bad aspects of vaccinations, for a very long time.  We have been over vaccinating our pets for years, and over vaccination is just as bad or worse, in some cases, as under-vaccination.  I posted this in 2008, see below...

Consider this about yearly vaccinations:

"Would you rebel if your doctor told you to have measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and hepatitis shots every year of your life until you died, instead of only a few doses as a child?" [Michele Welton]

The truth is that it would be wrong to do it to ourselves or our children, and it is wrong to do it to our pets.

The highlight is that all core vaccines with the exception of the rabies (1 yr dose*) are now recommended at 3-year or greater intervals.

*note: Rabies vaccination is strictly governed by law.  Check your state law to see if a 3 yr rabies shot is permitted. If so, ask your vet to administer the 3 yr dose.  Consider going to a vet who will administer the 3 yr dose, if your vet will not work with you on this request. [Please do not be a even a day late on renewing your dog's rabies vaccination, unless you and your vet have a medical exemption for your dog.]

Even more exciting is the task force has acknowledged that in the case of the non-rabies core vaccines, immunity lasts at least 5 years for distemper and parvo, and at least 7 years for adenovirus.

Hopefully these new guidelines will help more dog owners understand the long-lasting effect of those puppy shots! And hopefully, more dog owners will now request titers , (a blood test to test immunity in lieu of automatic re-vaccination), rather than automatically revaccinating their canine companions for distemper, parvo and adenovirus.

A link to the actual AAHA Guidelines is posted on our health page.  They are long, complicated, and written with veterinarians in mind. 

Summary of New AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines for 2011


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New LOW COST Spay and Neuter Program !

Adopt A Boxer Rescue is looking to extend its current spay/neuter program to those who cannot afford the full cost of spaying or neutering an existing dog in their family.  AABR currently spays or neuters each dog in foster, before allowing adoption. 

Our new low-cost neuter program is intended to help families in need of help to get their existing family boxer(s) spayed or neutered.  This program is in need of funding.  Donations to this program will be used to seek matching grants.  All donations will be used for the actual medical costs of spaying and neutering. 

Please consider contributing to this program.  Shelters and rescues like ours are battling a never-ending tide of too many animals with not enough families to give them “forever” homes.  AABR is trying it’s best to do our part… Please join us in stemming this crisis.

Please mark Donations to this program as for "Spay/Neuter Program". Thank you!!!!!!

To apply for low cost spay or neuter for you boxer... Click on link below

LOW COST Spay and Neuter Program

Please read: Adopt A Boxer Rescue is going GREEN

We are going GREEN because we care for the EARTH, and we also want all your contributions to go to the care of the dogs and not administrative costs such as paper and postage stamps.  Each year, AABR prints out and mails donation THANK YOUs along with contribution TAX letters to our many contributors.  We would like to do this through email, which will save us a lot of money.

When you "MAIL" your donation to us using a check, please add your email to the memo portion on the check.  You will receive your Thank You/TAX letter via email.  Thanks!

If you would like to help please mail a check to:
 Adopt A Boxer Rescue
PO BOX 270551
West Hartford, CT 06127

When you "MAIL" your donation to us using a check, please add your email to the memo portion on the check.  You will receive your Thank You/TAX letter via email.  Thanks!

or use

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Adopt A Boxer Rescue is a s a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization
Contributions to Adopt A Boxer Rescue, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

Please mark your donation as "anonymous" if you do not wish your name to appear on our Donors Lists.


Please Help

AABR is spending hundreds of dollars a day just to maintain the dogs we have with food and boarding fees, not to mention the medical costs...

You can help by sponsoring a dog.  $10 pays for 1 dog for 1 day at our least expensive kennels.  We need your help now!

Another way to help is if you have an occasion coming up where friends and family would be giving gifts, ask them to donate the cost of the gifts to the boxers!  It will save a dogs life, and if you really don't need another shirt or tie from Aunt Bess, why stuff it in the closet.

And if you have adopted from AABR in the past, and have the room for just one more, please consider fostering.  Contact the volunteer that worked with you, and tell them you want to help.  Thank You!

Unable to Adopt?  Sponsor A Boxer! 

We know a lot of people love Boxers and would love to adopt another, but can’t for a variety of reasons.  If you are unable to adopt or foster, then please consider sponsoring a Boxer that touches your heart.  You probably have a favorite dog on our web site--there are so many to choose from!   Your donation helps pay for food, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery, heartworm preventative and other costly medical tests, such as x-rays, blood work, ultrasounds, biopsies and heartworm treatments.  We are stretching our resources to accommodate the increased need and increased expenses -- now you can help by sponsoring one of our Boxers while they wait for a forever home.  Your sponsorship can be a one time gift or a monthly contribution. Please know that every little bit counts and donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated.  

Sponsoring a boxer is a great way to honor your own dog or to serve as a memorial of a dearly missed boxer.  They also make wonderful gifts for holidays or milestones like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations.   If you donate $50 or more to sponsor a dog, your name will be listed as a Sponsor on that dog’s page.  Please don't hesitate to be a second sponsor if a dog already has one sponsor.  Many of these Boxers have so many medical needs and they need all the extra help we can get from loving, caring people like you!

Donations are Tax deductible!!
Please be sure to designate which boxer you would like to sponsor in the area marked "message to seller" on the PayPal donation screen.

If you would like to help please mail a check to:
 Adopt A Boxer Rescue
PO BOX 270551
West Hartford, CT 06127

or use

It's Fast and Easy to Use.

Adopt A Boxer Rescue is a s a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization
Contributions to Adopt A Boxer Rescue, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

Please mark your donation as "anonymous" if you do not wish your name to appear on our Donors Lists.

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For each new shopper you refer to, will donate $5 to your favorite charity! Send them your personalized Tell-a-Friend link (included below) and the pre-selected cause will be Adopt A Boxer Rescue! It can mean thousands for your cause.  A few things to remember:

  • Referrals must join through your personalized Tell-a-Friend link
    Referred friends must shop through iGive within 45 days of joining.
    The $5 bonus donation will appear in your friend's account.

 Help Us Get The Word Out About AABR!!!!! 
AABR flyers WORK!!! 
Foster Home Job Description

We have gotten NEW FOSTER HOMES because they saw our Flyers posted around town!!!!!!  Spread the word about
Adopt A Boxer Rescue, and how great it is to
Save A Life...

Click here to print out an AABR flyer, and ask your vet, pet supply store, local restaurants, etc., if you can post it in their window. 

Thank You For Posting Them!!!!!!.

Note: There are 3 pages available to print out depending on your display needs. 
Page 3 has "tear strips" at the bottom that should be cut through on 2 sides before posting.

Click on a Name Tag to Name A Dog




  • Have you seen too many "Rockys", "Brutuses" or "Sashas" on the available dogs page?  Here's your chance to change that.

  • Many of the Boxers we rescue arrive without names. Many keep their new rescue names for life. (Please consider that when submitting a Name :-).

  • This new program is a fun way to honor a friend, loved one or cherished pet, or just . It would make a fun birthday or holiday present too!

  • And our program is a unique way for you to support Adopt A Boxer Rescue. 

The minimum donation is $25.00 per name.

"Until we extend the circle of our compassion to all living things, we will not, ourselves, find Peace..." ~~Dr. Albert Schweitzer
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