Organization gives shelter dogs a second chance at life

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Giving shelter dogs a second chance at life is the motivation behind the local non-profit Boxers and Buddies.

"It's a small group dedicated to saving dogs," said Sue Bugajsky of Boxers and Buddies.

And they're pretty good at it, rescuing thousands of dogs since it was founded by Sarah Anderson in 2005. And don't let the name fool you; they're not exclusive to helping boxers.

"All breeds, all sizes. All levels of ability," said Anderson. "We've placed blind and deaf dogs; we have deaf dogs available now. And I think it's also an education thing for people to realize that the only one who sees it as a disability is you. These dogs don't understand there's anything different about them. They're still dogs."

They find these dogs at local shelters and evaluate them to place them into foster families. Are they good with kids? Can they co-exist with other dogs?

"That stepping stone from a shelter to a foster home can make all the difference for a dog," said foster coordinator Jodi Horner.

And that's their biggest need right now. Despite all the dogs they've already been able to help, the lack of foster homes prevents them from doing even more.

"The more foster families we have, the more dogs we can save. Without those foster families, those dogs are going to be euthanized," lamented Anderson.

The dogs are then highlighted on their website, and eventually adopted.

Boxers and Buddies is a 2019 KOLOCares Pillar Partner. You can find more information at Boxers and Buddies.