NBR Clarification Letter – PLEASE READ
There have been several misconceptions that have been brought to our attention regarding Northeastern Boxer Rescue. We will address these inaccurate comments one at a time, since it is important that people have a better understanding of our rescue program.
“NBR obviously has a large bank account to be able to care for so many dogs with expensive medical needs”.
§ The philosophy of NBR is to try not to turn away a dog who needs critical medical care. We often take dogs into our rescue program that other organizations have chosen to ignore because of the costs involved. Closing one’s eyes to these dogs may be the best choice in a business sense, but NBR is based on the premise that we will attempt to help dogs that have no other chance at life as long as we are financially able to do so. Since NBR was founded over 14 years ago, we have placed our faith in people to support our efforts. We have been extremely fortunate over the years to have been able to cover these expenses, however, this is no longer the situation. The last few years have been extremely difficult for everyone and our bank account is reflecting this hurdle. Despite this setback, we vow to continue our mission of saving the most difficult dogs until we no longer have the money to do so. We are confident that you agree with our mission and will do whatever you can to help us help these special dogs. NBR cannot survive without your financial help.
“All of the dogs available for adoption appear to have problems…..you have few good dogs.”
§ NBR’s primary focus is to take dogs into our rescue program that have nowhere else to turn. Many of these dogs have medical problems when they come to us or were considered "unadoptable" because of so called "behavioral problems". We do whatever it takes to mend the physical or emotional injuries of these dogs who, through no fault of their own, have been cast aside. We have found that these dogs are truly grateful for the chance to become wonderful companions and show their gratitude by becoming the “best dogs” you would ever have the pleasure to meet. The majority of these injuries leave no serious permanent damage and do not affect longevity.
“NBR is not concerned about people who contact them since the NBR volunteers are sometimes slow to respond or don’t respond.”
§ NBR is contacted by a huge number of people each day. Most of our volunteers have other jobs and families and have very limited time to respond to everyone. I will assure you that we do our very best to reply to as many people as humanly possible. Our first commitment is to the dogs in our care, and we ask that you try to comprehend the sacrifices our volunteers make each day. Our volunteers first devote themselves to the dogs we are responsible for and secondly to the people who are interested in our rescue program. Sometimes our best efforts fall short of your expectations, so we ask for your patience and understanding. Please consider volunteering. Having more dedicated volunteers would aid us in our efforts to make NBR more efficient.
“NBR must not want to place dogs with people because we are a good home and we were rejected... OR …we contacted NBR about adopting/fostering and no one got back to us.”
§ The welfare of the dogs in our rescue program is extremely important to us. NBR makes a commitment to each and every dog to make sure that they will continue to be given the best of care. We do all we can to thoroughly ensure that we place them with people who can and will provide the wonderful lives these dogs deserve. Achieving this is not an easy task and we occasionally lose appropriate homes because we are so cautious. Doing a good job takes a lot of time, but we feel that taking shortcuts will not do the dogs justice. We do not mean to offend people, but our primary concern is with the dogs who entrust us with their lives.
“We would like to come to your facility and meet the dogs.”
§ Many people do not understand that NBR has no physical facility or shelter and that we rely on individuals to open their hearts and homes to our rescue dogs. Our dogs are in foster homes over a wide geographical area and while we have no problem letting people meet a dog that they want to adopt, you cannot expect to do this until you are approved and we feel confident that both you and the dog are a good match. We do not want the dogs or their foster families to be disturbed unnecessarily. Our dream is to one day have a facility where we can house and help a greater number of dogs. Nevertheless, we will always need foster homes and we are always looking for more people to help in this way. Foster homes are a vital part of our rescue program. Sadly, we are forced to turn away approximately 5 boxers a day who we cannot help because we do not have enough foster homes to care for them.
“Your $395 adoption fee is much too high and your application process is much too long. If you want to place dogs you should be more reasonable.”
§ NBR survives on donations alone. People need to understand that 100% of ALL proceeds go directly back into our rescue coffer and help the needy dogs in our program. There are no paid NBR positions. Each of our dogs receive basic medical care including spay/neuter surgery, inoculations, heartworm and fecal tests etc. In addition, many of the dogs we rescue cost NBR thousands of dollars in medical bills. Our rescue fee is not about purchasing an inexpensive dog. When you adopt one of our dogs you are helping to support our cause. The adoption fee is not waived whether you presently foster or have previously adopted. It is a noble gesture to want to help a homeless dog, however, if you cannot afford the adoption fee or their future care please do not fill out an application, as it is a waste of your time and effort as well as that of our volunteers. Sadly, there are a huge number of homeless animals in this country and, should you decide not to adopt one of our dogs, we encourage you to go to your local shelter or find another rescue organization to adopt through. Wherever you find your dog, we implore you to make a lifetime commitment to them.
Many people also complain that our application process is much too lengthy. If this is the case, then PLEASE, rethink the reasons you are adopting. NBR can only assume if answering our questions, which are meant to help us match you with a compatible dog, is too time consuming then it is reasonable to assume that a lifetime commitment to one of our dogs would be overwhelming for you. We strive to make the rescue experience enjoyable and, once you adopt, we consider you part of the NBR family.
“NBR must have many volunteers who manage the work load of this extensive rescue operation.”
§ There is a tremendous amount of effort that is required to keep NBR functioning. Unfortunately, the majority of the tasks are done by a very small group of very dedicated individuals who are all overworked. We are desperate for more volunteers and more foster homes. We welcome and appreciate all levels of participation and there are many small and large ways people can help. Not everyone who applies to foster has a suitable environment to help a rescue dog, however, there are many other ways to help. We only ask that if you decide to volunteer that you make a commitment to whatever job you choose to undertake. Please consider joining the NBR team. The dogs need you.
Northeastern Boxer Rescue is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT
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