RENO, Nev. - Most people are familiar with animal rescue shelters like the Humane Society or SPCA. But one local non-profit is helping find homes for dogs deemed unadoptable by many shelters.
Boxers and Buddies provides a safe haven for Boxers who have been abandoned.
The dogs come from local shelters, the streets, or from owners who are unable to care for them. The director of Boxers and Buddies, Sarah Anderson, says her organization is the last hope of finding a new life for these dogs.
"If dogs are turned in and have aggression issues or are not fairing well at the Humane Society, they'll call us to come pick them up," Anderson said.
Anderson also travels to high-kill animal shelters and rescues dogs who would otherwise be killed.
"I couldn't imagine these dogs being euthanized," she said. "They're so wonderful."
Since Anderson started Boxers and Buddies in 2006, the programs has adopted out about 2,000 dogs.
But many of the dogs have been with the organization for years. Some have even been there since the program began.
"People love to rescue and help, but they think there's a magic pill that will solve all behavior problems," she said. "Pets take work, and many times rescue animals are returned because the animals need extra attention."
Fortunately, Boxers and Buddies receives help from foster families who take a dog in and care for it until it's adopted.
"They appreciate it," John McGhee said. "They know what they've had and they know what they are getting now, and they appreciate being in a nice home."
McGhee had fostered a dog named Runts for about a year and a half.
"There's so many nice dogs out there," he said. "You don't have to go out and spend $600-$1000 on a nice dog. Just look around at your local shelters."
The organization focuses mainly on rescuing Boxers, but there are some options available if you're looking for something a little bit smaller.
"I'm a sucker," Anderson said. "If I go to a shelter to pick up a Boxer, a lot of times there will be other dogs so I just try to take as many of them as I can at that time."
Boxers and Buddies often has Pugs, Yorkies, and other smaller breeds of dogs available.
To find out more information on how you can help rescue these dogs, visit www.boxersandbuddies.com