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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. 

Brewster NY
Brewster Nov 20 - free at last!

I know you have all been looking forward to seeing Brewster again and we are thrilled that we can finally show you all the progress he has made since October 13. Compare this little jumping bean to the Brewster we saw in the early videos - just incredible that he has come so far already <3

Posted by Adopt a Boxer Rescue on Friday, November 20, 2015

What a few weeks and a bit of food can do!  Brewster is recovering from his abuser, and is living life as he should.  Thanks to all who have been following his story and asking for his status and to help.

We are now able to post pictures and give some updates, but his abuser and Brewster's case is still in process. 

Thanks again for caring and helping.

10/19/2015 - Update

Brewster is doing better and his abuser has confessed.  Let's hope justice is delivered.

And now to his future...

So…you want to adopt Brewster. Here is what you need to know before applying –

It will be several weeks before Brewster is well enough to be released to an adoptive home. During that time, he will be fostered in close proximity to one of our vets so he can continue to receive medical care.

Our adoption area covers a span roughly from CT south through northern VA. You MUST live within our coverage area to qualify to adopt. We will not ship a dog out of our area.

Brewster can only be adopted by one home. We anticipate receiving many, many applications. Apply if, and only if, you are willing to adopt a different dog from us should you not be selected as Brewster’s new family. We have over 50 other dogs who need homes just as badly as Brewster.

To apply, click on the link above to Adoption/Foster. Read through the information carefully. Within that document, you will see a link to the actual application.

Our volunteers are just that – volunteers. We anticipate getting dozens of applications for Brewster. Please give us the time to work through them all. And when we find the perfect match for him, please be happy for him and then be ready to open your heart and home to one of his brothers or sisters on our website.

Thanks for caring about all the boxers needing homes.


Brewster was found as a stray.  He is estimated to be about 3 years old, and is one of the worst cases of an emaciated boxer we have ever seen.

Our volunteers were able to visit with Brewster today, and he was waggin his little nub! He is holding his own, but not out of the woods yet. Our vets and volunteers will do everything possible to care for this great little boxer. 

Words can't describe how angry this makes us.  How did he get this way? Was he a stray that no one saw until he got like this... Or was he starved and then pushed out to die?

To donate towards his care, please click on the donate link at the top of this page.

We will update you when we know more.

Brewster, Rescued Oct 13, 2015


Update: Oct 14, 2015

AABR has a new Adoption Application!

10/04/2015 - We are getting applications, but it's been reported that the confirmation portion of the application may not be working. Please don't hit the submit button more than once.

08/31/2015 - We have just posted a new Adoption / Foster Application (Link Above in the header).

If you should encounter any problems with the new application form, please use this link to
 AABR Adoption App Issues to report and describe the problem.  This email notifies the website volunteers of problems with the form.  It is not to be used to get status on your application.  Thank you.

The new application will allow you to suspend incomplete applications and resume inputting data within 30 days. 
An email will be sent to your email address with instructions on how to resume.



Update 8/26/15


Want some fun? Only have room for one dog?  Abe is ready made for you!

And with a little patience, Abe could fit into a family with an easy going female.

Abe is a great dog that has had some hard times.  But he's past all that and wants you to know that with three legs, it will be hard for most to keep up with him... LOL

If you really want to "rescue" a dog, Abe's the prize.  Email  AABR Special Adoptions...  I'm up for it! and tell us where you're located, and that you are interested in ABE! 


07/24/15:  Focus on: Seniors

Summer is typically a bad time for RESCUE. 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. 

For the rest of the summer, 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:









Charlie (AKA Spike)


Jan 04, 2015

Hi Everyone,

We are filling up with mill dogs. They are super easy dogs and bloom in time. PA is out of fosters because of them. We are in trouble. We have Mindy, Janie, Pearl, Kisses, and Lucy. They are super sweet and all are housebroken now. They need a fence and would do best with another dog. They are crate trained and never make a peep in the crate. Sadly, its only a matter of time before we get more.

Be a hero and help us help them.


Dawn Karam

LOST Boxer in Fredrick MD - Update on location


The address he was last seen at is 2301 Oak Drive Ijamsville, MD 21754, He will come if called, he is very very people friendly and not timid at all. Adopter's phone number is (301) 514-6185. We have not gotten any leads on sightings so far.


Tyson is LOST:

Tyson from AABR, adopted in March of 2008 (he was "Wilshire" on our website), is LOST 11/02/2014

He was being dogsat for the weekend in Frederick, MD and at 5:30 a.m. Sunday they took him out to go to the bathroom and he got away. His adopters need our help.

"We have searched endlessly the past 2 days, and have flyers everywhere in addition to posting his information at every shelter, animal hospital and animal control within the nearest 3 counties. Additionally he is posted on many facebook missing sites as well."

Recent picture of him to the right ...

"He was wearing the red harness you see in the picture. The harness did not have his ID tags, those are only on his regular collar.  He is approximately 11 years old according to his vet, and has some medical issues as well. So finding him soon and getting him back on his medications is very important."

Thank you for any help you can provide!

Please email if you spot him.

NOTE: Please keep ID tags on your pets at all times.  You never know when you'll need them.


Tozer is still Missing

If you can help search for Tozer, please contact Dawn ASAP!

Update: 10/09/14 - A group of volunteers searched for hours with no sign.

Missing from East Lake Rd, New Milford since Saturday, 9/27/14.English Bulldog-Boxer mix, male, neutered, docked tail. He is very friendly and will come to you as long as you don't chase him. He escaped from his fenced in yard around 4:30 p.m. We are frantic to find him. Reward. #607-765-7828.  

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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



We are honored to receive from the

Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia
Standout Rescue of the Year

We are very proud of the efforts of our volunteers,
especially around the Philadelphia area, who go above
and beyond to save the many dogs we take from the
 shelter there. 

Without them, those dogs would not have a chance.

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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