- Where is B.A.R.C. located?
B.A.R.C. does not have a central location or office. We are a registered non-profit organization of volunteers who live throughout north Florida and south Georgia. Specifically, our operational range encompasses the area from St. Augustine/Jacksonville to Pensacola and the areas in between and down to Gainesville in Florida. We also operate in the 229 and 912 area codes in Georgia. Some areas, such as Jacksonville and Tallahassee, typically have more activity than other areas.
- Why is there a need for Boxer rescue?
The Boxer is one of the most popular breeds in the country. They are a large, energetic breed that demands attention and companionship. Often they are acquired by people who don't realize the commitment that owning a Boxer takes and subsequently, they are abandoned at animal shelters across the country. Animal shelters in Florida and Georgia are often overflowing with animals that need homes. B.A.R.C. works in partnership with animal shelters by taking Boxers into our program. There are five Boxer rescues in the state of Florida alone, and sadly, we still are not able to save all the Boxers that need our help.
- Why does B.A.R.C. only handle Boxers? Can you take Boxer mixes?
We can only take in as many dogs as we have foster homes to house them. We almost always need more foster homes just to handle the purebred Boxers in our region. This one extremely popular breed keeps our volunteers more than busy. For this reason, we cannot take Boxer mixes. By handling a specific breed exclusively, we have become specialists of a sort in the breeds' temperament, health problems, etc. This helps us assist the people who adopt from us in having successful adoptions!
- Where do the dogs come from?
The vast majority of the dogs entering the B.A.R.C. program come from animal shelters where they have been abandoned. B.A.R.C. works in cooperation with animal shelters and animal control in receiving dogs that have been confiscated in cruelty and neglect cases. B.A.R.C. also receives some Boxers who were strays after an attempt to locate the owner has been unsuccessful. Finally, B.A.R.C. has dogs surrendered directly from owners who no longer wish to keep them.
- Where are the dogs located?
Our program dogs are fostered in the private homes of volunteers who live throughout our above stated coverage region.
- I am interested in a particular dog on the B.A.R.C. website; can I visit the dog before filling out an application and going through the screening process?
No, B.A.R.C. does not have a facility where you can visit the dogs prior to going through the screening process. You may be able to meet some of our adoptable dogs at local events; however, our foster families are all volunteers busy with their families, jobs, etc. and we do not ask them to open their homes to unscreened applicants. Once you have gone through the screening process and been determined a good candidate for a particular foster dog, the foster home will welcome you to come meet the dog. We ask that all family members, including any current dogs, travel with you to meet your potential new family member.
- I want to adopt. How do I meet the dogs available for adoption?
Once you are approved to adopt, we ask that you drive to the dog that interests you, regardless of where the dog is located. Foster parents cannot meet you in a parking lot or other public area, as this is not a viable place for a pre-adoption meeting. Seeing the dog in the home where he is comfortable will give you an idea how the dog will behave in your home once he is adopted. Adoption counselors work with you to find the best match for your family and this may not be the dog closest to you-be prepared to travel to meet your dog.
- I don't live in north Florida or south Georgia but I would like to adopt anyway. Can you make an exception?
No, we are not able to make exceptions to this policy. Being a small volunteer organization, we just don't have the time or resources to be able to do home visits, follow up, etc. outside of our stated coverage area. We abide by the American Boxer Rescue Association code of ethics that states that rescues must place dogs in the geographic area in which they operate so as not to intrude on the efforts of Boxer rescues in other areas to place their dogs. If you are looking for a Boxer rescue in your area, we would be happy to refer you to one.
- How long does the adoption process take?
Adopting from a qualified rescue does take some time. B.A.R.C. has no paid employees. Members of B.A.R.C. have work and family commitments in addition to the volunteer work we do. On average it takes one to several weeks for us to check references, review applications, conduct telephone interviews and home visits. Applications are processed in the order they are received and we try to be as fast as possible. We understand that not being able to adopt immediately after applying is frustrating for some people. If you are not willing to be patient through the adoption process, adopting from a rescue may not be your best option. There are many nice dogs in shelters that may be able to go home with you today!
- I have a female Boxer already. Can I adopt another female Boxer?
As a rule B.A.R.C. does not place two female Boxers in a home together, as we feel that the chances of a successful adoption are higher when the Boxers in the home are of opposite sexes. Female-female aggression in the breed is very common and can develop over time. Often this is something people have to see themselves to believe.
- Can I adopt a Boxer who is not spayed/neutered?
No. B.A.R.C., like every reputable breed rescue in the country, does not place animals that are intact. We are in the business of reducing the unwanted pet population, not adding to it.
- Can I adopt a Boxer puppy?
Most of the dogs that enter the B.A.R.C. program are adolescents. This is the most common age they are abandoned because they were acquired as a cute, little puppy that grew into a big dog that the owner didn't want anymore. B.A.R.C. rarely gets very young puppies in the program. When we do, they are usually puppies that were born to a purebred Boxer that gave birth in a shelter and they are usually not purebred themselves. The benefits of adopting a slightly older dog are many-ranging from less chewing, more settled behavior, and less housetraining issues.
- Can B.A.R.C. recommend a good Boxer breeder?
No, we are not a source for breeder recommendations. Good breeders do not sell their dogs through pet stores or newspaper ads. We recommend you contact your area breed association and do research as to which breeder health tests their animals, etc.
- I cannot foster a dog or adopt at this time, is there another way I can help?
Absolutely! We can always use volunteers to help with transporting dogs, staffing events, processing applications, etc. Please fill out our volunteer application if you are interested in joining us. Donations are also greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible.