WCBR Adoption Events

West Coast Boxer Rescue hosts adoption events most Saturdays in Southern CA at Shanderin Kennels and on every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at Andy’s Pet Shop in San Jose. Please submit an adoption application and come and join us!

West Coast Boxer Rescue's Stewart is adopted

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Saving Cory

Cory Day 1


In 2015, Cory was saved from Stockton Animal Shelter by West Coast Boxer Rescue. He was emaciated with terrible mange, initially unable to stand, but made huge progress and is now a happy, strong boy enjoying life with his forever family. Cory’s journey was full of hurdles. He has a lesion in his heart, and it needs to be either treated or removed.  Please watch his video and see his will to live he has an amazing spirit!

Transformations like this can’t happen with out donations from supporters just like you.  Make a difference to a boxer: https://westcoastboxerrescue.org/help/donate/. Thank you so much for your support.

Please watch Cory’s video

This is Cory currently. We still need to resolve his heart issue, mange, etc. but he is a happy boy.

Cory loves to play with his stuffed toy.

Cory loves to play with his stuffed toy.

Cory is a typical goofy Boxer boy!

Cory is a typical goofy Boxer boy!



Faith’s Story

Taking a walk down memory lane, winter 2014, Faith, a sweet little girl rescued from Los Banos Shelter with a a huge tumor the size of a softball hanging off her side. Owner apparently dumped her after using her for breeding puppies because they didn’t want to care for her.  We discovered it was mast cell tumor, common to Boxers, but we have never seen them left to be this size.  It shows pure neglect by her previous owner.  Our veterinarian removed the huge tumor, a smaller growth on her back, and 3 corn cobs from in her stomach. It was a major surgery, blood transfusion was needed, and we weren’t sure our Faith was going to make it. But she is a tough little girl, and she pulled through. Luckily, the tumor did not spread, so it was only grade 2 and she can resume her normal life now.  This surgery was made possible because of our amazing group of donors, providing the funding.  (Thank You, donors!)

Faith's tumor

Faith’s tumor prior to surgery


Faith is now recovered from the surgery and doing great.  She is about 2-3 years old and weighs about 50 lbs. She is a sweet girl who loves to give kisses. It is very clear that Faith is an typical Boxer girl, as she craves to be with her people. She loves people more than other dogs, but has been having fun playing with another male dog in her foster home. Despite the neglect she experienced in her life, all she wants is to love and please her people.  We are thankful that Faith has found her forever home!

Faith healthy post surgery with no tumor, sleeping comfortably on a sofa at her foster home

Faith healthy post surgery with no tumor, sleeping comfortably on a sofa at her foster home

Cliffy and Mikey to Appear on Thanksgiving TV Show!

West Coast Boxer Rescue’s Cliffy and Mikey appeared on Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular, a 2 hours special, on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2014, they made us proud! They are both awesome dogs and will be available for adoption after the program. The show features many celebrities including Hilary Swank, Jane Lynch, Scarlett Johansson, Betty White, Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell as well as singers Fergie, Miranda Lambert, Paula Abdul, LeAnn Rimes, Kesha and many more.  We look forward to being invited back!

Please read more about it here: https://www.facebook.com/CauseForPawsFOX


Summer Surges with Boxers Needing Help!

tjcharlieSummer time is lots of fun for everyone including your dogs. Vacations, camping trips, fun at the beach… the possibilities are endless. But what does that mean for homeless dogs?

Summer is one of the worst times of the year for homeless dogs. From late May to August, huge numbers of dogs are dumped on the streets, surrendered, and abandoned. Shelters are inundated with dogs, and rescues are full to capacity. Many dogs lose their lives in shelters because there is nowhere for them to go. Why does this happen? People go on vacation and don’t want to take their dogs with or board them so they dump them instead. People move into places where dogs are not allowed. Dogs escape their yards due to loud noises like fireworks, and their owners don’t look for them. Back yard breeders decide their dogs are no longer making them money or are sick so they turn them loose to fend for themselves. For all of us in rescue these things are unthinkable, yet it happens on a daily basis.

violetAdoption and fostering also slows down during summer. During the busy season, we are able to adopt 20-30 dogs per month. In the summer months we only adopt 10-15 dogs a month. Fall can be challenging too as kids go back to school and we gear up for the holidays with our loved ones.  We also take in more dogs during the summer because of the volume of dogs on death row.

We need your help to make this right for our abused and abandoned Boxers NOW. We can only continue to keep saving lives with your help. Please will you consider:

1. A one-time donation: You can donate to help the dogs in our care right now plus more dogs we continue taking in. We need funding to cover medical issues, food and boarding and behavioral issues for all of our dogs without foster homes until they are adopted into forever homes: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/it-s-summer-and-rescue-boxers-need-your-help-/215727

2. A recurring donation: You can sign up to make a recurring monthly donation. Yes, summer is a really bad time, but around holidays it can be equally as bad. We are only three months away from the holiday season. We need year-round help with funding in order for us to keep saving lives. You can sign up here: https://westcoastboxerrescue.org/monthly-donation-post/

3. We need more people to adopt and foster. Adoption and fostering slows down during summer & fall time. Having more adoptions and foster homes will help us save more lives. You can read about adopting here: https://westcoastboxerrescue.org/adopt/. Fostering info can be found here: https://westcoastboxerrescue.org/help/foster/.

4. We need help transporting. We have a regularly scheduled transport on Saturdays 2X a month. We need people who can drive from Rowland Heights, CA to Coalinga, CA, as well as, San Jose, CA to Coalinga, CA. If you are able to do this once a month or so, please sign up to volunteer with us: https://westcoastboxerrescue.org/help/volunteer/


Featured Dog: Pluto Needs a Forever Home

In 2014, Pluto was rescued from a bad situation – his original owners had him tied to a chicken coop and was feeding him chicken feed, until a kind couple took him in and took care of him until we rescued him. Pluto is a big boy, weighing in around 80+ lbs. He has been around kids, loves people and takes treats gently. With proper introduction, he gets along with other dogs. He has been working with a trainer and knows his commands. He is a big boy, so he is best with strong people.  He has been waiting for his forever home and it brought us joy to see him get his wish granted with a loving family.  This is why we do what we do!



Monthly Donations Saves Lives

NO FOOD, NO HOME, NO LOVE. For just 60 cents per day, you can help rescue, feed, and provide comfort for abused an neglected boxers in need. Please help by committing to a monthly donation below:

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Featured Dog: Dodger Needs a Forever Home

In 2014 this head tilting handsome boy, Dodger, tugged our heartstrings, we had to get him to a better place.  He was rescued from Downey Animal Shelter.  Dodger is a smaller guy, only about 50 lbs.  Dodger is a lover, but he can be dog selective from time to time, and will do best in a home with strong leaders.  He has been in training with our trainer and knows many commands.

Dodger found his forever home and is thriving!

Boxer Bash was a success!


Boxer Bash 2014 Banner

Adopters, volunteers and WCBR alumni enjoyed an amazing day of great food and drinks to raise funds for Boxer dogs in need!

Check back for future Boxer Bash info!

WHAT: West Coast Boxer Rescue Boxer Bash 2014!
WHEN: Saturday, August 30th, 11 am to 3 pm
WHERE: Crown Memorial State Park @ Crolls Garden Picnic Area – 1252 McKay Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
WHO: All dog lovers are invited! Friendly dogs (of all breeds) are welcome.
HOW MUCH: $24.00 a person, kids 12 & under and dogs eat free. All proceeds benefit dogs in need!


We plan to gourmet BBQ, salad, chips, etc.!  This is included in the ticket price.


Water and soft drink is included in the cost, beer and wine are available at extra cost.


Photography by a professional photographer and you can get your photo taken together with your dog
Raffle and silent auction to benefit rescue.
Dog park for the dogs to run around in
Beach access for people (dogs are not permitted on the beach)


Adults: $24, kids 12& under and dogs eat free!  Get your tickets today here:  http://wcbr2014.eventbee.com


Parking costs $5 per car, plus $2 surcharge per dog applies at this state park.
Boxer Bash 2014 Map

Blanca Needs A Home

Blanca is a beautiful white Boxer who is EXCELLENT with kids.  She is a love and a wiggle butt, only about 2 years old.  The only issue Blanca has is that she is somewhat dog selective.  She would be great in a home with no other dogs or submissive male.  Blanca is looking for a foster home or forever home.  Won’t you open up your heart and home for Blanca?  More pictures of Blanca can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.450078935105379.1073742192.174943279285614&type=3.


Read our Adopters Handbook

Considering adopting a Boxer?  If so, please read our Adopters Handbook.  It will give you an overview of what you need to know prior to adopting a dog.  Some of the topics discussed in the books are:

  • Adjustment phase and expectatons
  • House training
  • Crate training
  • Walking tools
  • Food
  • Microchip registration
  • and much more…

Even you are an experienced adopter, we ask that you take a  moment to read through our material.  We’re sure there is something new for everyone.  You can download the handbook here.