CKBR is now taking in a limited number of dogs due to a lack of foster space. We are reserving our foster dog space for those Boxers who do not have owners and who are in danger of being put to sleep in local animal shelters. If you own a Boxer that you need to re-home, we will assist you in placing your dog, if certain criteria is met. Your dog must remain in your home until it is placed with an approved adoptive family. You must take your dog to the vet and have it spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, intestinal worm tested and treated. You dog must not have any history of aggression towards people or other animals. If you're willing to take care of your pet until we place it with a family, please contact Kelli at email@example.com or 859-319-1531.
WHO WE ARE:
CKBR was formed in 1999 by a group of Boxer dog loving people. We spend a great deal of time, money and energy saving individual Boxer dogs from certain death in Kentucky shelters and dog pounds. CKBR volunteers take in abandoned and unwanted Boxers and foster them in their homes while helping the dog become adoptable. All rescue dogs are given a thorough medical exam and are vaccinated, heartworm tested, microchipped and spayed/neutered prior to adoption. The dogs are crate and house trained and taught basic obedience commands while in care. All dogs are tested for compatibility with other dogs, cats and children. While there is never a guarantee, we try to adopt only those dogs with sound temperaments.
We strongly urge you to research the Boxer breed before purchasing a puppy or adopting an adult. Boxers are wonderful dogs, but they are not for every household. They are high energy dogs and although very trainable, they do require a great deal of supervision and strong leadership. Boxers want to be with their families every minute of every day. They will become very destructive when left alone if not properly trained. Older Boxers are usually perfect pets because while they are still active and playful, they also settle down to sleep on the floor at your feet. If you have a very inactive lifestyle, you'll not be happy with a Boxer and the dog won't be happy either!
Adoption fees barely cover the basic medical expenses of vaccinations, microchipping, spay/neuter and heartworm testing. Most of the dogs we receive in care need much more and some need surgeries costing thousands of dollars. We survive on donations from people who care about making a difference to unwanted dogs.
If you would like to make a donation, please mail your check or money order to: CKBR; P. O. Box 4638; Frankfort, KY 40604. If you have PayPal, our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
SURRENDERING A BOXER:
CKBR will accept owner-surrendered dogs that can no longer remain in the home due to divorce, relocation, or whatever. We cannot accept a dog with a history of human aggression or unprovoked dog aggression. Because our resources are extremely limited, we require that the dog be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated for any medical condition prior to coming into care. Our limited resources are used to treat Boxers that do not have owners. If you can no longer keep your Boxer and don't want to take it to a shelter or pound, please take care of its basic medical needs prior to surrendering it to us for re-homing so we will have the financial means to continue to help dogs without owners.
ADOPTING A BOXER:
Adopting a rescue dog is not for everyone. We're searching for the most responsible pet owners who are willing to go the extra mile and make room for very special dogs, some whom have baggage from past experiences. There is no perfect dog, other than those that you train to be perfect for you. Our dogs are ready and willing to give you all their love for years to come.
If you are interested in adopting, please contact Kelli for an application for adoption via email. While the absence of a fenced yard does not preclude adoption, it will limit the number of dogs available to you as most Boxers need a safe place to run off energy free of the constraints of a leash. You will be required to sign a legally binding contract that requires all dogs adopted be kept as indoor pets only and that they be kept up to date on vaccinations and on heartworm preventative medication year round. We also require that all current pets be altered and up to date on vaccinations and heartworm preventative.
OUR POLICY REGARDING BOXERS AS GIFTS:
Please note that we will not adopt a dog as a gift to another person. Choosing a companion animal is an extremely personal choice. If you want to give a pet as a gift, we recommend that you purchase a collar, leash, food bowls, dog bed, toys and chew bones and wrap them all up, along with a "coupon" good for the price of the adoption fee. When the gift recipient is ready, he or she can choose his/her own pet.
OUR POLICY REGARDING STRAY DOGS:
If you find a stray Boxer, please take it to your local shelter, or if it is injured, to a local veterinarian. If a dog has an owner, that is the first place they will look for their pet. Under the law in KY, a stray must be kept for 5 business days in the custody of the animal control facility for that county. If the owner doesn't come looking for the dog, ownership then passes to the county and the dog may be adopted out. We must obtain legal ownership of a stray in this manner, therefore, we do not take in stray dogs that people have found. If you find a Boxer, take it to your local shelter and send us an email letting us know the dog is there. That will enable one of our volunteers or members to go visit the dog, check it's temperament and offer to pay for medical needs, if the dog is ill or injured. After the five day holding period is up, we can take the dog from the shelter and have LEGAL ownership of the dog thereafter.
SPAYING AND NEUTERING:
Our philosophy is that all companion animals should be altered to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. CKBR volunteers have to visit humane society shelters and dog pounds every day of the week, so we have daily reminders of the thousands of unwanted babies that are produced each year by irresponsible pet owners. Don't even ask to adopt a dog unaltered. It will NEVER happen. If you have a pet you intend to breed, please do not contact us about adopting a rescue Boxer. Every puppy you produce means puppies in a pound somewhere will die. There are other benefits to spay/neuter that shouldn't be overlooked either. Most bites inflicted by dogs are from testosterone driven intact male dogs. Spaying and neutering animals removes the "hormonal" temperament and makes your dog a better household pet. Bitches often develop pyometria, or infection of the uterus when left unspayed. Male dogs are much more likely to develop testicular cancer if left unneutered. Please spay and neuter your pets.
WHERE ARE WE?:
We do not have a shelter facility. All rescue dogs are kept in our private homes. If you would like to meet an individual dog, we require a fully completed application for adoption. We will then contact you to schedule an appointment for you to meet the dog(s) we think would work well with your family and lifestyle. Please be patient with this process. All CKBR volunteers work full time jobs and are very busy retrieving and caring for the foster Boxers. This process cannot and should not be rushed. These dogs have been though a lot already and our goal is to find a permanent home for them. We exercise extreme care in approving families for adoption.
Central Kentucky Boxer Rescue, Inc.
P. O. Box 4638
Frankfort, KY 40604-4638