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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of at-risk, purebred, Boykin Spaniels.

Results: We are incredibly grateful to the over 500 volunteers throughout the US who allow us to care for the Little Brown Dogs that need us. Each year, the number of intakes continues to increase. In addition, we carry over 20 dogs in our Permanent Foster Care program for those dogs who are unadoptable due to medical or emotional reasons. It is through our donors that we are able to do this work.

Target demographics: BSR is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of at-risk, purebred, Boykin Spaniels.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 78 intakes in 2019 (including 7 new PFCs); and 22 Permanent Foster Care Dogs in 2017

Geographic areas served: Throughout the US

Programs: Medical and Emotional rehabilitation, spay/neuter, heart worm treatment, Permanent Foster Care, Junior Volunteers, Brown Dogs in the Military

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Julie C.9

Board Member

Rating: 5

I got my first LBD in 1985, and have had Boykins since. I was so pleased with BSR when they placed us with our first rescue almost 20 years ago. Since that wonderful rescue, we made the decision to always have at lease two LBDs. We always adopt/rescue. Love this breed - best breed ever!! PLUS, BSR is the best rescue organization for Boykins. So compassionate and caring. A well run organization with total focus and mission to the rescue, care, and placement of this special breed. Great job BSR! Keep up the good work.Meet our boys, Remy and Victor!

Susan K.10

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for BSR since 2002 when I fostered my first rescue Boykin, Reesie. After months of training, Reesie receive his therapy dog certification and he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama. Reesie crossed the bridge in 2014, having dedicated many years of service to humankind. The current resident (and spoiled rotten beyond redemption) Boykin is BSR Alum Dobby. Happy go lucky Dobby joined the pack in 2015 and has been devoted to his family ever since. It has been my absolute pleasure to give my time, talent, and treasure to this organization and support the mission of helping Boykins in need. Such devoted volunteers...Their love for this breed is amazing!

JoAnn C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Boykin Spaniel Rescue is one of my favorite charities to support because I know they are fiscally responsible yet incredibly generous in providing aid to dogs in need. They are a lean machine and I have seen them work miracles in terms of rescuing and rehabilitation, even in extreme cases requiring long term care. They are professional, resourceful, creative, and caring. I appreciate all of the unending hard work and results driven approach of this organization. They are nimble, efficient and effective. These are not traits commonly found in the world of nonprofits.

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1 Kelli O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in dog rescue for years and I have never worked with such a professional rescue organization that truly puts the dogs first. The vetting of applicants and volunteers provides great comfort knowing that any dog that comes into BSR will have top notch care and will be paired with the right family and/or volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so happy to be a volunteer with this wonderful organization. Boykin Spaniel Rescue has excellent leadership and support for its volunteers and constantly strives to provide the best experiences for the dogs who come into care and the people who care for these special dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BSR is a wonderful organization that takes excellent care of all the boykins who come into care. The network of volunteers are second to none and jump in to assist at a moments notice. The board and volunteers have a heart for these dogs and place the needs of the dog above all else. I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experiences with this rescue.
-Kristine Mantel

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud supporter of the Boykin Spaniel Rescue and an owner of four of these wonderful dogs. It would be easy to go on and on about all the reasons to adopt a Boykin Spaniel. They are smart, athletic, fun-loving dogs who adore their human companions.

The main reason for my review is to endorse this charity as a well-run organization and one that you can feel good about supporting financially. BSR makes its annual Balance Sheet available for review to all of its donors. I encourage anyone who loves Boykin Spaniels to consider donating to this wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, Regional Coordinator and now Director of Operations of Marketing since 2012. I have fostered 4 Permanent Fosters, who have been such a joy. The BSR community is second to none. So many people, whether volunteers, fosters, donors, sponsors or fans-- have become friends I will treasure for the rest of my life. We work so hard to make sure each dog is not only healthy, but find that special home where they will not only be loved but will lead a life which is fulfilled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to volunteer for Boykin Spaniel Rescue. It is a true community of people willing to act on a moment's notice to jump in and help a Boykin Spaniel in need, whether to transport, ID, foster, donate or in so many other ways. I have made so many wonderful friends and I am truly grateful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

What a colossal waste of time. I registered and paid the fee January 28. I provided personal, and family member references. I provided access to our vet who we know personally. I did the zoom walk through on my personal residence, showing the huge fenced in back yard. we are just finishing a major update and renovation which included a new doggy door in the master bedroom. We are dog owners. I explained that we had 3 dogs for the past 12 years. Two of those went do doggy heaven over the past year and a half. We are down to just just one dog. Rocky is lonely as he has only know having the other dogs with him. Anne Williams was not satisfied with my house. She wanted pictures BEFORE the renovation. Which seems a bit creepy. Oh, my son started a service group at USC that coordinates volunteers to work at local shelters. HOWEVER, we can not meet the requirements to be a forever home to a Boykin Rescue. In my opinion this organization has some very power hungry people that put their egos above the dogs best interest. NOT A FAN.

Mary P.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Beau, my angle and BSR alumnus. He was found as a stray and had some health issues. He was fostered by a generous volunteer for several months and was put up for adoption once healthy. I saw his photo and rushed my application in sooner than I was “ready” for a furbaby. At 5 years old, this hyper, crazy, loving, loyal, light of my life joined my home and changed me forever. BSR helped make the transition from foster to my home after a thorough background check and home visit. They continue to support their rescues and all Boykin Spaniels in need. Donations are well spent and love is given freely.

winterstime

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Julie, a volunteer with Boykin Spaniel Rescue! Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to support BSR by doing several roles, including some of the following: home visits with potential adopters, short-term fosters (usually associated with transport), transport, and assist with some of the organizations business/administrative functions.

Being a volunteer for BSR means so much to me. I love being able to assist in helping the rescued Boykins find their furever homes. There are so many roles and functions and it is important to me to find small and large ways to help out.

BSR as an organization is extremely well run and as a volunteer they make it easy for me to assist and make me feel like my efforts count. I am really proud to be a part of BSR and believe so strongly in our mission to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of at-risk, purebred, Boykin Spaniels. To learn more about BSR visit: https://www.boykinspanielrescue.org/

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BSR is a wonderful organization doing much needed and very high quality work to rescue, care for and rehome Boykin Spaniels.

The organization managers and volunteers work smart and tirelessly to do what ever it takes when a Boykin needs help.

My experience with BSR has been wonderful. BSR has a good system or method to establish dog need and determine the right fit so that the forever home is found. BSR has several programs that range from rescue, behavior modification training, health care, rehoming to permanent foster care for the seriously ill.

Passion, caring and love for Boykin Spaniels matched with a solid organization run by dedicated leadership and volunteers means it is all about doing what is best for the dogs.

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

Thank you so much!

Donor

Rating: 5

Boykin Spaniel Rescue is ALL heart. We followed their work for 20 years and have watched it grow, saving the lives of countless Little Brown Dogs across the US. The love, energy, and enthusiasm for the breed AND individual LBDs, they have continuously shown is amazing.
In looking forward to retirement, my husband wanted to work with them, if only to help with transportation. Unfortunately, our "people" plans did not put us on that path, and our own housing and health issues prevented participation. After having 2 Boykins Babies (Gracie and Beau) of our own, my love for the breed continues. Which reminds me to go get my checkbook and send in financial support. That is the least I can do to celebrate and remember the 2 LBDs that owned US (1998 to 2016). I know BSR will best use Memorials and Donations to rescue, medically care for, foster and rehome other LBDs. That leads to a success story for both the LBDs and the humans that THEY end up rescuing heart-wise. Boykin Spaniel Rescue is compassionately funded and operated. I always felt any contribution to them is well used with direct LBD support, and so "the check will be in the mail" as I tearfully, but happily, remember my 2 kids. - Mary Mallaney

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was on the wait list for what felt like forever. Every time a new dog came up I would rush to make sure they knew we were interested. It was torture, and every time they would respond with "don't worry, the right dog will find YOU!" And they were absolutely right. We adopted my third child, as my other two kids call her, about 3 years ago. She is the perfect fit for our family checking all the boxes possible. BSR does an incredible job matching families with the right rescue. We have had two different friends fall so in love with Ellie that they have contacted BSR themselves and been matched. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this group and their volunteers!

Board Member

Rating: 5

After having two Boykins, we decided to adopt a rescue. Chipper was our first, and the experience with BSR was flawless. Chipper came to us missing one eye, and very shy. The foster and the regional coordinator for BSR made the transition smooth. After several months of gentle work, and the foundation built by the foster, Chipper got back to being an incredible hunting retriever. After Chip passed, BSR reached out to us with the opportunity to foster/adopt another male that had showed early hunting tendencies. They want all the dogs they rescue to be able to realize their full potential, and felt “Oats” would be a good fit, whether we adopted, or just fostered. Now, 2 years later, Oats is a bird hunting machine, never meets a stranger, two or four legged, and we are, happily, “foster failures“.
These experiences made me want to do more, so we began to volunteer more for BSR, and I recently became a board member. The people that make up this organization continue to impress and inspire me.
David & Robyn D’Agresta

1 Beth Wilkinson H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am blessed to have found this organization. Everyday is a day of encouragement and support for those who need it. I look forward to being able to support their endeavors in the future. This is work that is vital for the support of Boykin spaniels who need respite.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where do I start? I took in two owner surrender Boykins in 2015. BSR played a crucial role in helping transporting the Boykins from South Carolina to Texas
In 2017 we took in a male Boykin, with the intent of fostering.
He had some medical issues. BSR was on board and very active in helping him get healed. They assisted us both monetarily and morally .
We were always able to call on them for help We ended up adopting our foster. Thus becoming foster ‘failures’.
I have been a volunteer for BSR for a very long time. I have done several home studies and background checks. BSR is very diligent and makes sure the rescues go to the perfect home.
An unwanted Boykin is a very sad thing, but the best place for them to end up is with Boykin Spaniel Rescue (BSR).

ScottandSusan L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son had a Boykin Spaniel puppy, Hanna, and it was love at first sight. A few weeks later we were given an opportunity to adopt a three year old Boykin, Jesse. When our son passed away, we inherited Hanna. We love our LBD’s beyond measure. They are intelligent, anxious to please, gentle spirited and loving little monkeys, and no one can resist their beautiful expressve eyes.
Because of our fascination with these dogs, I volunteered with BSR. It can keep me busy at times, but it is so worth every minute to know that we are able to work together to find good homes for our LBD’s.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BSR is a wonderful, well-run organization that truly cares for each dog and ensures he or she will live the rest of their life in the best possible situation. They provide support, training, and education to all who encounter the rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 4

After our beloved 13-year old Boykin Spaniel, Baxter, died, we turned to BSR to adopt a Boykin in need of a good home. As a retired couple, we knew that an adult dog would be the best choice. Six months later, we adopted Bella, who was 6 1/2 years old. She came to us with some anxiety and fear issues, which we continue to work on. After 8 months together, we are delighted to have this sweet, goofy little brown dog in our family. We are very impressed with the BSR. The volunteers and staff are professional, and committed to providing loving homes for Boykins looking for forever homes. This is a first-rate organization; we highly commend them for the wonderful work they do!

Ginger Fewell S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BSR rescued our Boykin when he lost his sight due to juvenile cataracts and was given up by his original owner who was not able to keep him due to his aggressive behavior. BSR saved his life by paying for his cataracts to be removed. They selected us, a retired couple, to give him a new home and a new life.. All the volunteers work hard to do everything possible for Boykins in need

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed that a diverse group of individuals have rallied around a common goal of rescuing individual dogs that are experiencing difficulties, some life threatening. Members enroll for different tasks: home visits, transportation, foster care, permanent foster care, etc. This is all strictly voluntary, which makes it all the more remarkable.

Linda Dianne R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had 2 BSR dogs in the last 12-14 years. These are rescues and I knew they would possibly have issues but that did not matter. My first one, a female, had separation anxiety and it took a very long time dealing with it. She became my beloved dog and I would never have traded her for anything in the world. I became a volunteer with BSR just because of my sweet Lady. I fostered dogs, helped transfer dogs and then fell in love with another Boykin foster, a male, and ended up adopting him.

This organization has an amazing group of volunteers that network and will go to the ends of the earth to save our Boykins. The support from BSR is over the top and they are constantly on the look out for Boykins that need help.

I financially support this organization and rate them on a scale of 1-10 as a 10+. Way to go BSR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were called in 2014 to foster a very ill 7 month old Boykin Spaniel that had been diagnosed with diabetes and possible pancreatitis. He was not expected to live. BSR supported his critical care treatment and we brought him home to try to get his disease under control. Jackson is now 5 years old! His health problems include 3 leaking heart valves, seizure disorder, and diabetic cataracts. The diabetes continues being an issue, an he has been treated twice for recurrent pancreatitis. Through it all BSR has supported us emotionally and financially. A low estimate of the financial support is $10000! Jackson is an active, happy, goofy little boy that charms everyone he meets. We pray for his continued good response to treatment, and are so thankful for his friends from BSR! The first photo is from his first week at home, showing his emaciated body. The last two are recent pictures.

Susan H.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am on my 4th Boykin Rescue. My first one is now 16 to. 2 have passed and I got my 4th one last year from them. This dog would not have survived had he not had treatment for heartworms and other intestinal parasites. He is as an awesome addition. This group does an amazing job of screening and homing these wonderful Little Brown Dogs! Thanks Boykin Spaniel Rescue and Little Brown Dogs!!! Thanks for my wonderful dogs and gor your lifesaving work.! Susan D.Hundley,MD





1 Dana W.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit group is made of wonderful hardworking individuals that truly care about the well being and safety of Boykin Spaniels all across the states

Carolyn D.4

Donor

Rating: 5

BSR is an organization whose volunteers and staff are dedicated 100% to the welfare of all Boykin Spaniels in need. I was so fortunate to have been selected as an adopter after my (now) boy Bodie was surrendered by his former family. The vetting process was a very thorough one. The needs of each dog are first and foremost. It's not about finding the best dog for each adopter, but instead, it's about finding the best home for each dog, where they can live their best life possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have a rescue from BSR, best move ever! They took a dog that had never been in a house, to ready to be adopted in a short time. They also took care of all his medical needs! Don't know what I would do without my boy Baxter, BSR 1043! Love my boy, got to go, he's waiting for me to throw that ball!

Heather F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Boykin Spaniel Rescue is such a great nonprofit organization because they take in the sick, broken, unwanted Boykins and turn them into the most memorable family member you will ever know. Even if the LBD (little brown dog) only has a very short time left on this earth, BSR makes sure that dog knows love.

I am so proud to support this nonprofit in every way I am able.

Mary S.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are 100% heart. My daughter adopted a dog that had been surrendered by his owner through this group, and they were wonderful. They offer extensive support for the charming Boykin Spaniel dog breed, finding foster and forever homes for unfortunate victims of circumstance. They assist with transportation and medical expenses in some cases. Their processes and administration are transparent and operate with integrity. They really are a great non-profit!

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

Thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate it so much!

Gina Phipps A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BSR exceeds my expectations in every aspect that I have interacted with them...from transporting to helping us find the perfect rescue.

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

Thank you! And, he is pretty perfect!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We think Boykin Spaniel Rescue is an awesome organization! We were able to volunteer with them to help transport a dog to a foster parent who then was able to help the sweet dog to get well enough to be able to have a new forever home. They do so many wonderful things for our beloved Boykin Spaniel breed. We were able to adopt a rescue Boykin Spaniel from them last year and he is certainly living proof of how much this organization is needed and how much hope and love they can bring to a neglected or abused animal. We are forever indebted to them for our precious boy.

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

Thank you. Ruger sure hit the jackpot with you!

Karan A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group of people who rescue, foster and re-home Boykins. They support certain dogs who have life-long, chronic health problems through their permanent foster care program. This gives dogs that would otherwise have to be put down, a good, healthy life, in a loving family, with no worries about vet bills, expensive test, etc. This group is 100% dedicated to this breed. When puppy mill breeders reject 'breeding stock' or dog hoarders are forced to give up their dogs, when a family simply cannot care for their Boykin, due to changing circumstances - whatever the reason - BSR steps in and gives every dog love, and care, and the promise of their best life.

Keith M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

All of our dogs over the last 30 years have been adoptees or rescues. Our experience with BSR was excellent. Anyone planning on adopting or rescuing a animal should understand that the goal of the agency placing the pet is to find that pet a "forever" home. Doing so requires matching the right pet with the right situation. This requires gathering information, home visits, etc. BSR did a tremendous job of explaining their process and were very transparent along the way. It took a while to find Leia, but we couldn't be happier. She is the perfect fit for our family, and brings us a boat load of joy everyday (sometimes literally). Thank you to everyone we interacted with at BSR. We highly recommend them if you are looking to rescue a dog and want the best fit for your situation.

Jane Holgerson T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From a small group of passionate Boykin Spaniel lovers to a highly organized, extremely effective volunteer organization, BSR is well managed. Having worked in the nonprofit world for over 15 years, I have no qualms about making donations to BSR knowing that it will not be squandered.

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

Thank you for your faith in us! We work hard to maintain that!

Teresa Long B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue is extremely transparent and does a wonderful job of finding new homes for Boykin spaniels.

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

Thank you so much!

Nancy White W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experience both as an adopter and a volunteer. This is an organization that truly cares about our Boykins and goes above and beyond to help them. I have seen them drop everything to help a Boykin in need, from the top down to the volunteers helping pull and transport. They have wonderful volunteers, who may not be huge in numbers compared to other rescues, but are mighty in the way they love the dogs and respond to a need. Below are also 2 of my reasons to believe in them and support however I can.

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

We now have over 400 volunteers throughout the US! And growing! Thank you for your dedication to BSR!

Carol Kiggans C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for a long time.
They are great at helping Boykins and their peeps.
I fear what would happen to all the Boykins if they weren’t there to step in and help.
This is the face of a Rescue.
Buddy came to us in Aug 2018. It took until April 2019 to get him healthy. What would have happened to Buddy if BSR hadn’t stepped up?
It does take a village and BSR along with its Army of volunteers are that village.
BSR ROCKS.

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

Oh Buddy, we are so happy you are in such a great home!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is composed of the most passionate, dedicated, professional people I have ever dealt with. Their purpose is to rehabilitate and rehome Boykin Spaniels who have been relinquished to them for various reasons. Most rescues have medical and/or behavioral issues and many are senior dogs. No dog is ever turned away and many are in the permanent care of Boykin Spaniel Rescue. Volunteers sometimes drive miles and form relays to identify, pick up or transport dogs to fosters or adopters. The transformation of some of these dogs is remarkable, thanks to the wonderful volunteers and generous donors who support Boykin Spaniel Rescue.

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BoykinSpanielRescue 05/22/2019

Thank you, we sure appreciate your support!