MustLuvBoxers Rescue

Lake Stevens, WA   |  www.mustluvboxersrescue.com

Mission

MustLuvBoxers Rescue is a registered Washington non-profit, Federal Charitable Organization 501©(3), all donations are tax deductible. Our organization strives to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome unwanted and abandoned Boxers within Washington state. Along with our rescue efforts, it is our goal to inform people about the realities of pet guardianship and provide education and resources to pet owners. We will promote spaying/neutering, and encourage responsible care of the Boxer to enhance the lives of owners and their companions alike. We will always strongly support and promote rescue whether it is from a shelter or an individual--anywhere there is a Boxer in need of a loving home and we will continue in this endeavor until none are left behind.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder/President

Holly Adams

Main address

11931 44th Street NE

Lake Stevens, WA 98258 USA

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EIN

46-4391597

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Each year, hundreds of Boxer dogs across the West Coast lose their homes. In some cases, they are surrendered by their owners, in other cases, they are strays or are removed from abusive situations. These dogs often end up on the streets or in overcrowded, high-kill shelters--in fact, Boxer dogs are consistently among the top ten most common dog breeds found in shelters in the U.S. Many of these dogs need to be spayed/neutered; some of them need more intensive medical care or behavioral rehabilitation, especially if they suffered severe abuse or neglect or if they have diseases or disabilities. Without someone to advocate for them, many of these Boxer dogs are euthanized or die in the streets.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption Program

MLBR is all about adoption! Each year we rescue dozens of Boxers and work tirelessly to prepare them for their forever homes, as well as to prepare their new owners to care for their new pets. The adoption program involves preparing Boxers to be rehomed (including necessary medical or behavioral preparation), photographing and advertising available Boxers on our website and social media, and managing applications for adoption. We only adopt our Boxers to applicants with stellar applications who have passed our rigorous home checks. Adoption fees help to cover the costs of caring for the dog during their time in MLBR. After adoption, we continue to check in with new owners to make sure that they have the resources they need to provide a happy, healthy life for their new furry friend.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our foster families are the lifeblood of our work at MLBR! In between being rescued and being adopted, our Boxer dogs stay with one of our foster families. We provide foster families with food, bedding, and all other necessary supplies for the dogs. In return, foster families care for the dogs, feeding them, walking them, playing with them, taking them to necessary medical and behavioral appointments, etc. Fosters are also vital to help us match each Boxer with a perfect adoptive owner, as they provide us with insights into the dog's temperament, energy, whether the dog is comfortable with children or other dogs, etc. In many cases, fosters help to rehabilitate dogs that have been surrendered because of behavioral issues: by teaching these dogs how to live in harmony with humans, they make it far more likely that the dog will not be surrendered again for behavioral reasons.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MLBR partners with many shelters across Washington, Oregon, and California to rescue Boxers who are at risk of being euthanized. California shelters are especially involved in this program, as many California shelters are in locations that are "saturated" with Boxers, which means that Boxers make up a significant portion of their shelter animal population and are less likely to be adopted. By transferring Boxers from these "highly-saturated" geographical regions into the relatively "low-saturated" region of Washington state, MLBR increases the chance of adoption and prevents unnecessary euthanasia. In recent years, we have established a special position to serve as liaison to our California shelter partners because of the growing need to rescue dogs from this region.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MLBR believes that financial worries should not keep a loving Boxer owner from keeping their beloved furry friend. Each year, MLBR helps to fund low-income Boxer owners who love their dogs and want to keep them, but just need a little extra financial help to give their pet the resources they need to live a happy and healthy life. Whether helping with medical expenses, locating donations of food and supplies, or assisting with behavioral training, MLBR strives to keep Boxers and their owners together whenever possible. In future years, MLBR plans to add a free spay/neuter service to this program which will be especially designed for those in rural locations who either cannot afford to spay/neuter their Boxer or who cannot make the trip to a veterinary clinic.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

All eligible dogs who enter our rescue are spayed and neutered before they are adopted.* We believe in responsible pet ownership and educate against dangerous practices such as backyard breeding and keeping an unaltered boxer. In the future, this program will work with the "Keep your Boxer" Assistance Program to run a free spay/neuter service that will be especially designed for those in rural locations who either cannot afford to spay/neuter their Boxer or who cannot make the trip to a veterinary clinic.

*Dogs may be ineligible for spaying/neutering for medical reasons or because they are too young. Adopters who adopt puppies from the rescue are required to sign a contract stating that they will spay/neuter their dog at 8 months old; we check in with adopters to make sure they have spayed/neutered their puppy after 8 months.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MLBR frequently rescues Boxers who have been abandoned or surrendered due to medical issues. In many cases, the Boxers in our Medical Program require thousands of dollars in medical procedures to help them live their healthiest lives. We work with a network of trusted veterinarians and animal hospitals within northwestern Washington to ensure that our Boxers receive the finest care. We also carefully select our fosters who house these dogs and make sure they have the training and resources necessary to care for them and their health issues.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MLBR works with a trusted network of dog trainers in northwestern Washington to make sure that Boxers who come into our rescue with behavioral issues are rehabilitated in preparation to be adopted. Boxers are rambunctious and high-energy dogs--if they are not trained while young or if they experience abuse, it is likely for them to develop negative habits that makes it more likely for them to be returned to the shelter. By working with these dogs to improve their behaviors, we dramatically increase the odds of their adoption. We also counsel with newly adoptive owners of Boxers about what kind of behavioral training would be best for their dog, offering them referrals and discounts for accessing the services of a trustworthy and experienced dog trainer.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Most of our foster volunteers foster a dog for a matter of months before the dog is adopted, but some of our special foster volunteers open their homes to foster a dog for the rest of the dog's life. Dogs are placed in the Forever Foster Program because they are unlikely to be adopted because of their advanced age and/or serious health issues. MustLuvBoxers Rescue supplies crates, bedding, food, and medical care to Forever Foster dogs. The majority of Forever Foster dogs are senior dogs, and the rescue typically adds one to two new dogs to our Forever Foster program each year. We look forward to expanding this program in the future.

Population(s) Served

All eligible dogs who enter our rescue are microchipped before they are adopted.* We make sure to include our rescue's information in the microchip. Microchipping makes it much more likely for lost dogs to be reunited with their owners, thereby decreasing the chance that our dogs will return to a shelter.

*Dogs may be ineligible for microchipping for medical reasons or because they are too young.

Population(s) Served

We run a private, social-media-based support group for adopters to get advice from trainers, volunteers, and fosters about how to best care for their dog. While most of the support happens online, adopters can also receive in-person assistance with their dog in their own home. Adopters have access to this support group for the life of their dog.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Foster Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MustLuvBoxers Rescue's goals are represented by our programs:
-Foster Program: to take in Boxers from shelters and owner surrenders from Washington, Oregon, and California, and provide them safe and loving foster homes;
-Adoption Program: to connect Boxers with the perfect adoptive families for them;
-Spay/Neuter, Medical, and Behavioral Health Programs: to spay/neuter Boxers to limit irresponsible breeding and to provide Boxers with medical and behavioral care that prepares them to lead happy, healthy lives;
-Community Outreach Program: to educate the public about responsible dog ownership and how to care for the Boxer breed;
-Aid for Owners Program: to provide financial resources to low-income Boxer owners so that they aren't forced to surrender their dog just because they cannot afford surgery or training.

Our strategies for achieving our goals are:
-To build and maintain positive relationships with other dog rescues, animal advocates, and shelters in Washington, Oregon, and California so that they will contact us when they know of a Boxer dog who is in need of our assistance;
-To build and maintain positive relationships with local veterinarians and dog trainers so that our Boxers can get the best medical and behavioral care possible;
-To organize and grow a network of volunteers that foster rescued Boxers until they are adopted, perform home inspections for potential adopters, and transport our dogs to their foster homes, medical/behavioral appointments, and eventually to their forever families;
-To raise funds to care for our rescued Boxers through grants, community events, and partnering with local businesses;
-To connect with the public online and through social media in order to find prospective adopters, give the public trustworthy information about how to care for Boxers, and provide resources for owners who need financial assistance to care for their Boxer or may need to surrender their Boxer.

MustLuvBoxers Rescue has a strong, wide-ranging network of volunteers who serve in many different capacities. We have dozens of foster volunteers who provide homes to our rescue dogs in between their intake and adoption. We have volunteers who provide free transportation when a rescue dog needs to be delivered to their foster home, to a veterinarian or training appointment, or to their adoptive family. We also have many volunteers who specialize in fundraising, community outreach, web design, and all of the other work that keeps our non-profit afloat. Finally, we maintain and grow mutually beneficial relationships with other animal advocates along the West Coast and with local veterinarians, dog trainers, pet supply stores, and other businesses who help us in our mission to rescue and adopt Boxer dogs.

Since our inception in December 2013, MustLuvBoxers Rescue has taken in 555 dogs and adopted 512 dogs, with currently 5 senior dogs in forever foster homes, and 1 young physically challenged pup also in a forever foster home. Our capacity to rescue dogs has grown each year:
-2014: Intake = 51, Adopted = 36
-2015: Intake = 61, Adopted = 51
-2016: Intake = 73, Adopted = 58
-2017: Intake = 84, Adopted = 79
-2018: Intake = 88, Adopted = 92
-2019: Intake = 123, Adopted = 111
-2020 (so far): Intake = 70, Adopted = 85

As we have progressed, we have also expanded our programs. We started out with our foster and adoption programs; in 2013, we added our spay/neuter and medical programs. In 2015, we began our behavioral training program, which trains Boxer dogs who have behavioral issues that keep them from being adopted to be good canine citizens. We currently have four trainers in the rescue who provide these services. We are currently planning to grow our community outreach programs and aid for owners program by joining with local veterinary clinics to offer free spay/neuter days in rural Washington. We also are working towards our long-term goal of opening a brick and mortar rescue, complete with indoor/outdoor kennels, a dog park, and a therapy pool for our senior and medical dogs.

Financials

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MustLuvBoxers Rescue

Board of directors
as of 5/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Holly Adams

Chris Zanassi

Vice President

Bridget Conner

Secretary

Carmen Shepherd

Treasurer

Laurie Harmon

Director

Brenda Dawson

Director

Beth Bearden

Director

Kerri Butts

Director

Averyl Dietering

Director

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Disability

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