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7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a volunteer for the organization and while in that role I was interested in adopting one of their dogs. I was approved and got the dog but the description of the dog's character was completely misguided. I discovered, in a few short days, that the foster had NEVER walked the dog so did not observe that the dog had a severe neurological disorder from a head injury inflicted prior to the dog coming into the rescue. Even the vet that the agency uses never noticed that the dog stepped on her own feet, drank 3 quarts of water per day. I was also told that the dog was crate trained (she was not) and that the dog was housebroken (she was not). I had to put the dog down within 1 month after, I discovered, the agency had paid over $3000 in vet bills, yet NO ONE caught the dog's severe issues. Sad.

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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.

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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.

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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.

4 Missy J.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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!!!!!!!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

Review from Guidestar