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Fostering dogs through Boxer Rescue
Personal Development & Community: Volunteering

This is an amazing experience. We had previously owned a Boxer, his name was George, that we got when I was pregnant with my first son. We loved having him around and he was a great part of our family and is missed every day. We lost him on May 6, 2011. We went through our summer not really talking about getting another dog because we go away in our camper a lot and it's not big enough for us to bring a dog with us. A friend had suggested that we foster, so I started researching the area and found the New Jersey Boxer Rescue. We asked all our questions and they addressed all of our concerns. They gave us a home visit, checked out our house, our personalities, our family, our property, our neighborhood (probably all the stuff they go through for adoptive families as well). That all went well. We got our first foster in mid-October. His name was General (my husband called him "The General"). What a completely awesome dog. He came to us because his family was getting separated and no one was moving to a place where dogs were allowed so he was surrendered to the rescue. He was so completely awesome that he was adopted within 2 weeks (just in time for us to go away for a weekend without having to worry having the Rescue kennel him for a weekend. Then, we got home from our weekend away, and got a call on Monday that there's a deaf girl,all white boxer, about 6 years old who needs a foster home. She came to my house on Monday night and we fell in love. She doesn't stop kissing. Because of her deafness, she's extremely alert in other ways and wants to always be near us. We are still waiting for her to get adopted. We've had her since mid-November. I will miss her when she does get adopted, but I know that our home is not the best place for her. She needs a place where people are home more than we are during the day. Bianca was a stray, so we don't know her history, but from the looks of her when we first got her, I can't imagine it was a good history. I can't even express the feeling of being able to assist in some way to the rescue of these dogs, and hope that I can continue for a long time to come.

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