Our Mission Statement
SouthPaw Boxer Rescue is a non-profit, foster based rescue serving North and South Carolina. SouthPaw Boxer Rescue launched in April 2020, born of the desire to help alleviate the number of Boxers in shelters. These include abandoned and/or abused as well as owner surrenders who reach out asking us to accept the one(s) they can no longer care for or want.
Led entirely by volunteers, we hope to raise awareness within the community via social events, fundraising efforts and providing opportunities for individuals to get involved. Educating the general public and potential adopters on the importance of spaying & neutering their animals as well of the life- saving benefits of heartworm prevention.
Facts About Boxers
Average is 10 – 12 years
Fearless, Cheerful, Devoted, Intelligent, Energetic, Loyal, Bright, Confident, Friendly, Playful, Calm, Brave, Goofy
Female: 55–64 lbs), Male: 60–71 lbs
White, Brindle, Fawn
Life With A Boxer
They slobber; they burp; they can (and do) jump 6’ fences; they chase squirrels (and cats and birds); they love attention; they are stubborn; they don’t know personal space; they bend in half (aka kidney bean); ultimately they give love unconditionally
Notice the temperament listed before? It says ‘calm’ – well, if you have ever been around a boxer, you know this usually only applies when a boxer is sleeping or wants to cuddle with you (or ON you). Boxers are smart dogs and learn very quickly but this takes patience and training. Unfortunately, boxers are also prone to various medical conditions that can shorten their life spans and cause for some expensive vet charges.
SouthPaw Boxer Rescue's Board of Directors have all been involved in animal rescue for many years and all but one Director has a Boxer as part of their family. All Board Members live in and around the Charlotte, NC area.
A Few Words from Our Founder
Animal welfare and rescue has been a passion of mine for many years. My very first rescue was actually a kitten my son found abandoned over 20 years ago that we made part of our family and named Sam. Sam was with us until he passed away at the age of 16.
We would sometimes foster sick and/or bottle babies for local rescues. The little ones would really pull at my heart-strings. Over the years we’ve adopted seven of our fosters, some of which have since passed from old age or illness. Although it’s always sad when they leave us, I take comfort in knowing we gave them a wonderful home even if it was for only a short part of their lives.
For the past fifteen years I have been consistently involved in rescue. Helping save the lives of the helpless, deserving animals has now become my mission. Serving as an Area Coordinator for a local rescue for over seven years along with supporting various others led me to realize the overwhelming need for a Boxer specific rescue in North and South Carolina. Although I am a lover of all animal breeds, I have a particular fondness for Boxers and Boxer mixes. With the help and shared passion of my amazing husband Randy and a few Boxer loving friends like myself, SouthPaw Boxer Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit was launched in April 2020.
Our first Boxer saved was an eight-week old female boxer mix that we pulled from a shelter in Lincoln County, NC on May 4, 2020. I am proud to say that since that day in May when she came into the SPBR family and now in October, we have saved over 20 wonderful dogs and placed them in amazing forever homes. Without the support and commitment of our great team of volunteers (that include doing home visits, reference checks, transporting, fostering and helping with fundraising events) we wouldn’t be able to do the heart work we’re all passionate about. I hope that you too will consider joining our team and help us save more and more boxers throughout North & South Carolina.
If you’re not familiar with how a rescue operates, here’s what you should know. We pull boxers from shelters and take in owner surrenders. We have various expenses that often exceed the adoption fees. Routine expenses such as vaccines, spaying and neutering, microchips, Heartworm tests, monthly heartworm and flea prevention and other medications. Ideally, a SouthPaw doesn’t need anything when entering our rescue except a place to call home until they are adopted. However, oftentimes that isn’t the case. Many of the dogs we rescue need more medical attention than just vaccines – some are heartworm positive requiring expensive treatment; some have masses that need to be removed; some have internal medical issues that have to be addressed.
Our adoption fees can range anywhere from $200-$400 depending on age and medical conditions.
Let’s answer the biggest question we receive — Do you make money? SouthPaw Boxer Rescue is NOT a for-profit organization. We do not pay any of our volunteers; founders; directors; etc. We do not ‘shop’ for boxers and we don’t pull just the healthy boxers. All of our volunteers, founders, directors, etc. own boxers and live in the areas we serve (NC and SC). All of our donations and expenses are carefully tracked and monitored by several board members. We are in rescue to save the SouthPaws.
-Last Updated 10/24/20
SouthPaw Boxer Rescue’s commitment is to provide the best care to each Boxer we foster while preparing them to find their perfect forever family. Learn how you can get involved!