Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue

Rating: 2.23 stars   13 reviews


PO Box 1855 Hickory NC 28603 USA


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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

What a TERRIBLE ORGANIZATION. I mean, I understand the frustration, but this is how one of the board members and coordinators talks to people/volunteers on their google groups form for all volunteers and foster homes. VERY SAD.

Written by Sonya, coordinator:
I feel like this rescue is crumbling out from underneath me!
If you can foster either of these 2 dogs please email me privately. I really need to find somewhere for them to go by Thursday.
I leave Friday & you guys, I REALLY cannot do rescue while I am away. I simply cannot. So many people seem to throw their husbands in my face, so I just want to say for mine that he puts up with more than I can even explain or that most of you understand & I refuse to let rescue ruin our 1st vacation in 5 years. I am sorry to sound harsh, but I am stressed, overwhelmed & just a little pissed off right now. I hate feeling this way b/c it is not me, I feel like I am going to EXPLODE!!!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They are terrible. They are unorganized. They don't always take back returned dogs in a timely manner (which all other rescues do). They browbeat and yell at their fosters and volunteers. They do not do required legal paperwork as required by the State of NC. They do not manage their finances. They are a singularly awful organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Everything. They need new board members, new management policies, new volunters policies, new everything.

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I had a HORRIBLE time with this agency. I said up front what I can and can't work with- NO aggression towards my other dog or cats. The dog I got was a sweet dog one on one, and he loved my dog, but he wanted to nom my cats, and that is UNACCEPTABLE. I had to play animal tetris to keep everyone away from each other. Then I couldnt walk him anymore, because while he liked my dog, he would bust off his collar to try to nom other dogs. I liked him, but I lived alone, and this was beyond my abilities at that time. When I told them after a week he was too aggressive for me and he needed to be moved, it took a week to move him, and they acted like I was irresponsible for requesting a new placement. I was treated pretty poorly for having boundaries and "not giving it enough time" though I was upfront from the beginning. In the meantime, he had horrible worms, I told them that up front, I asked for the funds for medical care, the medical director at that time left for a week to Italy, no one wanted me to take him to the vet until they could get a "good vet deal" it took so long for them to approve him, I then had to treat my own praphylactically treat my own dog, which cost me out of my own pocket, though she had just had her annual checks.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get better organized and do more fundraising.

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