I am writing this review in support of all the dedicated and caring people who work for the PA Boxer rescue. We have adopted two boxers from this organization. The volunteers and foster parents have always been very accommodating to us. The first boxer we adopted was a special needs dog and was one of the BEST dogs we ever had. Shannon allowed us to visit several times prior to the adoption process to allow our current boxer to adapt to our new Buddy. She was extremely patient with all of our questions regarding his health and issued us all veterinary documents without hesitation. Also, she gave us a leash, collar, blanket, meds and food... more than generous. When Buddy who had a serious heart issue passed away, PA boxer rescue supported us during the grieving process, especially Shannon, counseling me through some sobbing sessions and then assisting us to heal by guiding us to a beautiful new female boxer puppy. Raising Boxers is no easy task, you need to be prepared for their energy, strength, and goofiness. Sometimes I feel people adopt and believe the tough part is over but you really need to be a dedicated parent to a Boxer...I disagree with the negative reviews I read on this site , I truly believe some people overestimate their abilities to care for a dog.
We adopted Travis in 2011. Travis was more than a dog he was family. He was by my side every where. He had flaws but so did I. I could never replace him . Travis recently passed after fighting a bout with cancer and a bad heart . He was still able to lick my hand and wag his tail and still stayed by my side until his last breath. I served in the Airborne Infinitary two tours in Vietnam and never thought of my self as a wuss . When I lost my Travis a piece of me died with him. I have never felt such hurt or cried as mush as I have loosing him. I don't think the hurt will ever go away. I will miss him til the day I die. I am grateful to Pa. Boxer for allowing Travis into my life we were perfect fit everyone saw it. My vet said that I didn't own Travis but that Travis owned me , and I loved my owner with all I had.
DO NOT ENGAGE in business with this rescue. They claim that they are about the animals but clearly they are not because they would be doing their utmost to ensure a successful adoption process. They approved my adoption application within a matter of days which is fine however I come to find out that they didn't even bother to address anything on my application to include I never even spoke with anyone at the rescue. We went to meet the pup and drove all the way to Pennsylvania from Maryland and in that short visit of time the foster parent basically said to us, "oh I'm so happy you can take the dog with you today "which was not anticipated at all. He even indicated that it was unusual for an adopter to meet the pet outside of the rescue. When I engaged Rescue further about adoption questions I got no response either via email or via phone. They simply dumped information into an application which they have created to store the animals information. When I came to get the pup the foster parent didn't even want to give us the collar that was on him which means that for the $450 donation the rescue wasn't even providing the actual up-to-date current rabies tags and immunization tags that are required by law in most States. Immediately within the first 24 to 48 hours the dog was not housebroken as indicated and was in fact jumping over gates and getting out of his crate. My child was fearful because this dog could get through anything. When I engaged The Rescue I got no response however the foster parent said please bring him back. Once I made the journey to bring him back the rescue never responded to me. I let them know that he had been returned and inquired about a possible refund or at least a partial refund to which I still got no response. It was not until I actually filed a dispute against them that I then got a threatening email that attempted to accuse me of neglecting animal. Within less than a week of the dog coming back to the rescue they adopted the dog out to yet another family at another $450 donation. This kind of business is only interested in their own self enrichment they're not truly interested in a successful transition for these dogs. The only email I got was from a person named Chris and I did not appreciate the threatening tone and it was quite odd to me that if there was an issue that I was not made aware of it immediately upon the dog's return. No sooner am I being told this almost two weeks after the fact that the dog has been adopted out to another family. Even further, they coincidentally deleted all info within the Maddies Pet app to include my input with regards to events with the pup named Buster. Think twice about working with the PA boxer rescue or even giving donation money to them!
Horrible rescue. We adopted a boxer and was told her was a perfect angel just excitable. We specifically said non aggressive as we have a 4 year old. The first day we take her for a walk and she tries to attack two other dogs. When told of the problem they said I must have overstimulated her because she lived with other dogs and never had any issues. None of the paperwork matched with what they said. We were told she was 2. Paperwork said 1. They said it was owner surrender but she had no rabies tags or numbers. We were just supposed to believe that she had her shots. The vet was actually a school. We got them to take her back after 24 hours but they refuse to refund $450 donation because it was our fault she was aggressive. DO NOT ADOPT FROM THIS RESCUE!!!!!
Horrible organization, they adopted me a dog that due to being spayed by them now has intotience issues. She will just lay down and the per just runs out of her. She also has trampled my 5 year old daughter multiple times and knocked me down when I was 8 months pregnant. I contacted them 8 months ago to see if they could help me with this dog before I gave birth to my youngest daughter. Because we had fallen in love with her and did not want to give her up but I didn't trust her not to hurt my babies. The rescue told me i was on my own. This dog is also very destructive she has given us over 1000$ for of damage to our home. When i brought this up to them they told me that the dog was a perfect lady at the rescue and there was nothing they could do. I recently have contacted them because I can no longer care for this Nimal and her destructive nature. I gave birth to a baby girl in April and she has severe health issues and we cannot afford to continue to pay out for this dogs destructiveness and i don't trust the dog to not trample my children. The volunteer that contacted me was extremely rude and degrading to me. She told me how bad of a person and dog owner I was....if I'm such a horrible dog owner why did they adopt this dog to me in the first place? I will never deal with this rescue again. I'm still waiting on someone to get a hold of me to let me know what to do with this dog as I can no longer care for her. I have every single degrading email from them and will continue to report them and get them shut down. This rescue should not be open all they care about is the money and not the animals or the people adopting these animals.....please please think twice before adopting from them
Expect large vet bills. These dogs are not seen and or treated by a real vet before they are put up for adoption. Two dogs adopted one had mange one heart worm. Easily had to come up with a thousand dollars for each just to get healthy. One was blind in one eye I was told it was just a cataract. Do not support this dog rescue they do care about the dogs just about getting your money. Had to give one star to post this or it would have been 0
I have adopted 2 dogs from this rescue and both times everyone was nice and helpful. We love our boxers and won't use any other rescue.
Review from Guidestar
Horrible organization!!! Do not ever attempt to adopt with this rescue if you even want to call it that. They are in it for the profit, and could care less about the dogs. Trying to get them shut down as of now. Do not support this horrible "non profit" they call a rescue!
The volunteers and adopters do an awesome job, but it seems that the "leadership" of PA Boxers has outgrown the service of rescuing boxers and are only interested in the profitability. The more fees collected by placing dogs without doing the homevisit or checking on the suitability of the dog to the new family just leads to more damaged boxers..so after several successful rescues from PA Boxer, I must withdraw my support and my donations
Our family adopted a dog from PA Boxer. She was instantly part of our family. The kids couldn't have been happier. It is wonderful to show our kids to give a dog a home. Especially since our Maggie is a senior. Thank you PA Boxers.
I adopted a boxer from this organization a few years ago. He is one of the best dogs I have ever owned. When I am ready for my next boxer I will be contacting this organization.
I adopted a Shih Tzu from PA Boxer on Saturday, 10/8/2016. I am writing this on 10/18/2016. The dog was described as timid. This was an understatement, but I was willing to give the dog a home. The dog was described as 2 years old and surrendered by the family. My vet estimates the dog at a minimum of 4 years old. If surrendered by the family, why did they not know the dog's name? The name Molly was given her by one of the children in the foster family. Additionally, the rabies certificate states an age of 3 weeks on 9/26/2016 Really?.
The day of adoption I was promised the vaccination certificate would be sent and it was not sent until I made repeated requests for the certificate and the rabies tag. I just received a PDF copy of the certificate by email today. I am still waiting for the rabies tag.
The dog was loaded with fleas when my wife and I picked her up. When we got her home, we took her straight to the bathtub and gave her a flea bath. Good thing!!! We then washed everything the dog had come into contact on the Sanitary cycle.
I have contacted the vet directly to get the straight information and they are sending me a rabies certificate, tag, and receipt for services as I am suspicious of whether they performed all of the vaccinations and flea & tick treatments they claim on a data sheet they provided about Molly on one of their forms. They provided no documentation from the vet.
I am not saying all adoption experiences with PA Boxers Rescue will be handled in this fashion, but I am saying be skeptical and careful. Know good questions to ask before you adopt, and ask them. Find a respected reputable adoption organization.