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In Memory of Dr Avery, from For the Love of Pets Veterinary Hospital

NCBR is very saddened to report that Dr. Avery passed away in January 2022 after a two-year battle with lung cancer. Dr Avery was a primary veterinarian for NCBR from 2008 to Jan 2, 2020, when he retired from practice.

Dr. Avery was a brilliant veterinarian but equally important was his kindness with the boxers he treated.  NCBR dogs are frequently challenged, and Dr. Avery was able to successfully treat these boxers with little or no difficulty.

Dr. Avery was also a wonderful friend to rescue. He would take our rescues with little notice and hold them while we found foster care. He was always available for medical consults, often at times that had to have taken away from his personal life. He always helped us with difficult decisions in the most compassionate way.

Dr. Avery will be missed by everyone at NCBR but especially those that worked with him frequently. Read Dr. Avery’s Obituary here

In Memory of Ron Flagel, a Dedicated NCBR Volunteer

Ron Flagel was an NCBR volunteer for over 14 years. He stepped up to help in so many ways. He transported dogs for many years, fostered NCBR boxers, adopted a boxer, donated toward the care of our boxers, performed home visits, and helped transport food and supplies from Oakland to various locations.

If NCBR needed an urgent transport in the Central Valley, Ron would make himself available. He loved all boxers but especially Durango, a wonderful but challenging boy that Ron fostered and ultimately adopted.

NCBR, and many others, will miss Ron immensely.

Karen Heald
Executive Director NCBR


Norcal Boxer Rescue held their annual Boxers and Brew fundraiser at Bike Dog on Saturday November 20th. Over 150 people joined us, showing their love and support for our boxers while enjoying Bike Dog’s fine crafted beer and getting their holiday shopping done with some amazing vendors. In between all the fun, we were able to raise $710 from raffle ticket sales, calendar sales and generous flat donations.

This event would not have been successful without the help from our friends:

  • Thank you Sage, Owen and Ben from Bike Dog Brewing. You and your team are phenomenal in everything you do and we are forever grateful for your generosity and partnership.
  • Thank you to our amazing NCBR volunteers Rhonda, Victoria, John, Jessica, Melissa, Launa, Terri and Mike for helping make the day run so smoothly. We sincerely appreciate your time and energy on Saturday.
  • Thank you to our wonderful local vendors who came out supporting our fundraiser and overall mission:
    • Marjan with Summergirl Wild
    • Jake with Big Jakes Sauce
    • Stephanie with Cabbage Mouse Studios
    • Callie with Cals Creation Shop
    • Gabby with Gigi Box
    • Jen with Its Jen Made
    • Patty with Leash and Collar
    • Julie with Pluto Bakery
    • Jillian with The Joyful Jungle
  • Thank you to Rochelle and Hyatt from Petfood Express, your generous swag bags were the talk of the event– everyone (and their pups) loved the goodies you graciously donated.

AND A HUGE THANK YOU  to Jasmine H. for organizing such an incredible event! We couldn’t have done it without you!

Cheers to boxer wiggles, great beer and shopping local!

Donor Spotlight: Doreen Murotsune

For many of us who give our hearts, time, or dollars to rescue, we are first inspired by the love of a single special dog. That was the case for Doreen Murotsune, whose life was touched by a beautiful NCBR alumna named Hana. Hana belonged to friends of Doreen, but Doreen and her boxer, Benjamin, fell in love with her. Benjamin and Hana were best friends, and Benjamin was always on the lookout for Hana and ready to protect her from any yappy Chihuahua who tried to intimidate her.

When Hana passed away, Doreen began giving to NCBR because she was grateful for the time she had spent with Hana and because she knew Hana could easily have lost her life years sooner without NCBR’s intervention.

Doreen continues to be moved – sometimes to tears – by each dog’s story. In addition to being an active Strut Your Mutt teammate for each of the past 5 years, Doreen browses the boxers in our care and sponsors many dogs whose stories warm her heart. Doreen is deeply invested in NCBR’s mission of providing personal, attentive care to its dogs. She not only sponsors dogs with single or repeat financial gifts, but also inquires about dogs with prescription diet needs and then purchases those diets on an autoship schedule, having the food mailed directly to foster homes. Doreen keeps our dogs’ bellies full, and our hearts full!

We so appreciate Doreen’s dedication to each dog. Thank you, Doreen, for caring so much about dogs like those you’ve loved!

Planned Giving

If you have ever loved a dog, you know that – while their lives are short in comparison to ours – the love you share is timeless.  When the nose prints on your windows have faded and the lint trap in your dryer stops filling with fur, your heart still swells remembering the sparkle in your dog’s eyes when he gazed at you, the weight of her paw on your lap, or his happy invitation to play.  One way to honor the enduring nature of a dog’s love by making a gift that will endure beyond your life.

By including NorCal Boxer Rescue in your Will or Trust or naming the organization as a beneficiary on certain accounts, you ensure that for years to come, NCBR is able to continue rescuing boxers, providing them the care they need, and uniting them with families who will love them forever.

Dogs are an incredibly important part of our lives.  You can make them a part of your heritage. Click here to learn about the different options.

Growing Old with You

We know that the best place for an old dog is home with loved ones.  NorCal Boxer Rescue has partnered with The Grey Muzzle Organization, a national organization that envisions a world where every senior dog thrives and no senior dog dies alone and afraid, to develop the “Growing Old with You” program. We can provide up to $1,000 support for veterinary expenses to help people welcome a new senior boxer into their home or keep the senior boxer they already love.

Click here to find out more about the Growing Old with You program.

Strut Your Mutt 2020 Was an INCREDIBLE Success!

Strut Your Mutt ended in October, and we were blown away by your support!  We raised just over $97,000, not only setting a new fundraising record for NCBR, but also becoming the top team out of all of the participating organizations in the country.  The funds we raised will be used to provide much-needed medical care and behavioral intervention for the dogs we love so much.

Our success this year demonstrated what we already observe each day in rescue: that it requires a team of people all willing to pitch in to make a difference.  Even without an in-person event this year, a record 162 people registered to be on our Strut Your Mutt team, and we received nearly 900 individual donations.

In addition to the hundreds of individuals who gave to our Strut Your Mutt team, many businesses offered their support through in-kind donations that fueled our team challenges.  Thank you to Barkbox, The Blissful Dog, Burnin’ Love Art StudioEarthbath, Earth Rated, Great Shots Photography, Max and Neo, Naughty Boy Vineyards, Pet Photos By Olin, Santa Clara County Parks, Stark Naked Creative, and Sweater Hound for your support!

THANK YOU to each of you who paid it forward this year by contributing in some way to this fundraiser.  We are proud to have such dedicated and compassionate people on our team.

Grey Muzzle Thank You!

We are so honored to be a Grey Muzzle Organization grantee again this year! Thanks to Grey Muzzle’s support, the next 10 senior boxers who are adopted will come with up to $1000 of post-adoption support, which will be reimbursed to adopters for any veterinary need that arises within the first year of adoption.  We know that many of you have a soft spot for frosted faces, but that the cost of caring for a senior boxer has given you pause when it comes to adopting one.  We hope that this support will give you the security you need to give your heart away to a beautiful older soul.   Thank you, Grey Muzzle, for trusting in us and for supporting our efforts!  We are grateful for your partnership!

Thank you, Hoven Foundation.

Each dog who enters our lives is a gift.  They bring us untold joy and share with us their unconditional love.  They teach us to be better people.  For nearly 10 years, The Hoven Foundation has not only appreciated the gift that each dog represents, but they have given back generously.  The continued support of the Hoven Foundation has meant the difference between life and death for countless beautiful souls.  Thank you to the Hoven Foundation for what you give to our dogs and, in turn, to all those whose lives those dogs touch.

Thank you, Pet Food Express!

Thank you Pet Food Express for your generous donations to our pantry for our foster dogs. This is just a very small example of how much this company has helped our organization. As you can see, the pups also enjoy getting to join in on supply pick up days.

Introducing Eusoh – an Insurance Alternative

Eusoh is a revolutionary, affordable, subscription-based alternative to veterinary insurance.  Subscribers become group members who share veterinary costs with each other.  As a member, you make an initial $48 deposit and pay a $17/month subscription fee.  80% of veterinary costs are reimbursed to group members, with funds drawn evenly from all members’ $48 deposit.  At the end of each month, you pay as much as is needed to restore your balance to $48.  This means that, at most, you will pay $65 per month ($17 deposit plus $48 balance) to remain a member.  However, your contribution will vary by month and may be as low as $17.

Subscribe now, and enter the code “NCBR!”  NorCal Boxer Rescue will receive $40 for each referral!

Donate to NCBR

Your generosity is what enables us to continue our mission to “Leave No Boxer Behind.”  Regardless of a boxer’s age or potential health issues, they ALL deserve a second chance at a well-lived and well-loved life.

NCBR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax deductible.

We now accept vehicle donations!

Donate your car, boat, RV, motorcycle or farm equipment. We’ll pick it up whenever you want – for FREE! And we’ll get the most value from your donated vehicle. Plus you get a tax deduction!

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