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16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my involvement with the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue in 2006, when I adopted my first boxer from them.
I have since become a volunteer, helped with fundraising, helped with transport. I have never run into any unprofessionalism with anyone that is helping.
All of our fosters are placed into volunteers homes, we don't have a local center to come and visit. All of the volunteers are strictly volunteers. We do this because we love this particular breed, and we want to help them.
I have adopted two dogs from the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue and I have fostered over 20 dogs in almost 3 years of fostering.
I love the people in this organization, and I am very proud to be a part of this organization.
We are always looking for new ideas, new volunteers, New foster homes etc. If you want to be part of a fantastic organization please get in touch with us.

Karen432

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In response to the lady that said she left several messages & her calls were never returned. We don't have a rescue center, all of our dogs are fostered in homes with families. We don't have a central phone number to call, so I am not sure who she was calling. Our adoption process is clearly stated on our website, as well as explained on our Facebook when folks ask questions. Personally, I have adopted 4 dogs from BRBR. The adoption process is not quick but it is thorough, as the rescue wants to be sure that each dog finds the right home. After adopting our first BRBR dog, we became interested in volunteering & have been doing so for 5 years now. I have acted in many capacities as a volunteer, from fostering, fundraising, transporting, doing home visits, processing applications & being an adoption coordinator. Are we perfect? No, we are always looking to improve. We are human. We are all volunteers, all of our volunteers have families, their own dogs, most of us multiple dogs, 99% have full time jobs. We are doing the best we can. We can always use more volunteers & more foster homes. I have been VERY blessed with the dogs I have adopted. Have my dogs been work? Yes, they all came from different situations. But if they were perfect, then whoever had them to begin with, would not have thrown them away. Rescue is not perfect, nor is it easy. However, I am VERY proud to say I am a volunteer with Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was all set to visit brbr and start the ball rolling on adopting my son his first dog. I have called several times to ask some questions as this is my first time going thru a rescue center. After leaving numerous messages and getting no response from them at all I decided to look for reviews on the organization. After seeing the reviews I am so glad I didn't tell my son ( I wanted to surprise him with the visit ) . Thanks for not returning my calls and making me wonder why reading the reviews opened my eyes ..... I will be searching for another rescue center.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have adopted 3 boxers from BRBR since 2008 and all 3 have been wonderful!! Everyone we dealt with at BRBR was professional and very helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to adopt another dog from this group. They do wonderful work rescuing these precious animals and trying to match them to the perfect forever home. We donate to them several times each year in the hope that we can help in some small way. Keep up the good work BRBR! Thanks to you we've had 3 cherished angels in our family who will remain in our hearts forever.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my first full Boxer from BRBR and I am now volunteering with this group. I have also volunteer and currently volunteer with other dog rescues. I have been extremely happy with my dog and with volunteering with this group. I want to dis-Spell a couple of things that I read on some of the reviews that I know for a fact are either blown way out of proportion or just out right not correct. I'm not saying their aren't improvements needed to any group. I'm not saying that anyone is lying but there are 3 sides to every story ... yours, theirs and the truth. But some of these I know are just not correct.

BRBR does pay 100% of all APPROVED veterinary costs when you foster a dog with them. I have been fostering with them for years and I have never had them refuse to pay for any approved services. Their have been times when for convenience sake I have gone to my personal vet and paid out of pocket simply because of convenience. But thats my choice and I knew that going in. Not even when I had to take a dog without approval to an emergency vet did they have any issue with paying the bill. They also send you a heartworm pill for your foster is applicable.

You pay for food, flea med, leashes and toys just like if he or she were your normal pup.

This is an organization based on volunteers only. Their are no paid employees. All the money the rescue raises goes directly back to the dogs or the support of the dogs. Yes they do buy stamps and envelopes to send heart-worm pills to volunteers or other meds. Yes there is some cost to booths and events but I would say 98% of all the money raised goes to just vet bills and boarding That's it. $250 may seem like a lot of money and i wondered too why adoption fees are so high? How and why do the dog Rescues charge so much are they getting these dogs for free from the shelter, right?
Your average vet bill in NC to get normal shots (first set only, there are normally 2 and 3 if its a puppy) and exam is about $125 (thats middle of the road). If you get spayed or neuter add around $150. If your dog has heartworms which probably about 60% to 70% of the dogs they pull from shelters do. (Most rescues won't take Heartworm positive dogs just due to costs.) That treatment starts $375 and thats super cheap. If you can find it cheaper and a safe method please let me know. Grant it BRBR does get a rescue discount but we are talking about a 20 to 25% cost of difference here in the long run.

There is no correct way to match families and dogs. A lot of is is gut instinct sure you can hit all the basic variables... house trained, crate trained etc. But you know what, a lot of that stuff can go right out the window when a dog gets in a new home. How the dog reacts to new environments, the energy the dog feeds off of, the people personalties, diet, schedule all of these things play a huge part of how a dog reacts to a new home. Just because a dog acted in one way in one home does not mean the dog will act exactly the same way in yours. There are a ton of variables. I have fosters dogs now for several years and I can pretty much know with in about 20 minutes if someone is right for the foster I have and if the foster is right for the family but that comes from experience and sometimes I'm wrong. You have to consider both and its hard. I kind of specialize in the "special" dogs the ones that need more structure or have issues. But I didn't start off doing those doges. I started off with a puppy. If you are unsure if you can handle a dog thats coming straight from a shelter which means only very little is known about that dog. Then ask to do just puppies, owner surrenders or very young dogs to start off with. Grow with what you are comfortable with. Fostering can be so much fun and it can be frustrating but in the end its very rewarding.

Rescues would love to get it right %100 of the time because their are lives at stake but they don't because there are humans and animals in the mix and things can go either way.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

When we submitted our adoption application, I noted that we were interested in a particular dog. Our application was approved so we had a home visit, which was also approved. I was later emailed by a coordinator, and she told me the dog I wanted had already been adopted. I told her that she must be mistaken because I had been watching their website and the dog is still listed as available. She then told me that the dog was still available but another family was interested in the dog and besides she and another coordinator did not feel like we were a good fit for this particular dog. She then offered two other dogs. A female and a male. This made absolutely no sense because I specifically stated that we could not take a male because we already have a male and he does not get along with other males.
We were good enough for the dog(s) they wanted us to have but not good enough for the dog we wanted. Keep in mind, that these two coordinators never met us; all they knew about us is what they read from our application.
It is unfortunate for these sweet babies, but I would not recommend anybody waste their time with these people.
My dogs are well taken care of, spoiled rotten, and showered with love.
All of this took place in December 2015, and it is now March 2016, and the dog we wanted has just been listed as "adoption pending" which, to me, confirms that she was still available when we wanted her. I just hope she was placed with someone who will love and care for her as much as I know we would have.

2 Bunny M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is a misguided organization. The adoption "contract" they want you to sign is not even a contract and not enforceable in any court of law. You cannot adopt out and then retain superior title and hold the adoptive family responsible for all financial--that is called fostering but having the foster family pay for it. The manner in which they run their adoptive organization really deters smart, good dog owners from adopting because no one in their educated right mind would sign this so called contract. I feel sorry for the dogs because then they are not placed in the best situations. I was also told that they will chase you down if they do not get updates from you. That is called harassment. They misuse their resources. It is no wonder they are always in the red. All of it is unethical and not legal. It is a sham.

5

Client Served

Rating: 1

This company needs to be shut down. It is unfortunate because it is a great cause, but they are extremely unprofessional. PLEASE DO NOT ADOPT THROUGH THIS COMPANY! If i could give no stars, I would.

Six months ago, we adopted a 75 pound 10 month old puppy from BRBR. We were told he was our "perfect match". I have never been a dog owner before, I only weigh 140, and my husband travels every weekend Thursday-Sunday. We live in a small apartment with no yard or doggy door and we have a small dirt dog park across the way. Our coordinator seemed over-eager to give us this puppy. The same day of our home visit, which was a Sunday, we adopted the dog. Our paperwork had not been processed, and technically we had not been approved. My husband and I thought we got lucky, but I'm pretty positive they just wanted to get rid of this dog. We were not offered a trial period, like many other families were. Our puppy chewed up three down comforters, a Savafieh bedroom bench, picture frames, sunglasses, clothing, even vitamins and other things that are extremely unhealthy. No matter, I love this dog. He is a cutie and so sweet. He follows orders and is completely off-leash trained. He listens to me and is perfectly house-trained. My husband and I agreed we were not the right family for our guy five months after adoption (even though I knew it from the beginning). we have been trying for three weeks to return him, but we are being poorly treated. My guy doesn't know his own size or strength and I am not strong enough to handle him. We need him gone, but they claim to have no available foster homes. To top it all off, our coordinator came to take him on a home visit a few days ago and brought him back saying he was trying to bite, he was growling, and he is "unadoptable". We spent a lot of money to give him the best possible training, two weeks of one-on-one. I know he has NEVER been "mouthy", and I have never heard him growl in the six now months I have had him. I am offended and seriously livid. For the sake of space and time, I will not get into details, but I will post my whole story eventually and come back and post a link. I truly feel this company should be shut down and I am not stopping here. I am passionate enough about this to go to BBB, write a blog, many more reviews, and actively pursue this.

3

Client Served

Rating: 1

We are experienced dog owners and were very specific in requesting a SUBMISSIVE male dog good with other dogs. Things went well when we drove to another state to pick up the dog BRBR recommended for our family, and we brought our new dog home. within a few days there had been several fights between our current dog and our new dog. We were encouraged to continue, and assured it would work itself out. I wrote all the required updates advising the rescue staff of our inability to leave the dogs in the house together, the dominance issues, and trips to the emergency vet. None of my requests for help were addressed, nor did we receive any of the promised support. It has been over a year and the dogs continue to fight. It breaks my heart that the boxer we adopted and love is now back on their site for adoption because he isn't safe in our home. We have agreed to keep him here while waiting for a new family. I couldnt help but notice they are asking $250 for his adoption and requesting people sponsor him. Outrageous! He lives with us and we pay for everything. What a sham. They weren't honest about his behavior. They weren't honest about the support they offered. And they clearly aren't being honest about where the money is going. Shame on them.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to NC a few years ago and began to look for a group to volunteer for. I had been involved in dog rescue in New England for several years. Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue is an organization of the highest quality. They care for all their rescues as if they were their personal dogs. The foster family provides food and flea treatment. The rescue for provide heart worm treatment and all other medical care. The volunteers work tirelessly to raise funds for these poor unfortunate dogs who through no fault of their own have had a tough life. The rescue also screens prospective adopters very throughly. After all the dogs have had more than their share of questionable care. This rescue is of the highest caliber.