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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019, is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, and as in the past, we are focusing our giving on our beautiful Wizened Wiggle Butts.  Facebook is matching $7 million in Giving Tuesday donations, which means that your gift has the potential to make twice the impact for our grey-faced friends.  DONATE NOW

In just the first three quarters of 2019, NorCal Boxer Rescue served 28 senior boxers and spent an average of $207 each day on their care . . . $207 each day to remove masses, perform dental work, assess abnormalities of all kinds, and provide daily medications.  But more importantly, $207 each day gave 28 senior boxers a chance to enjoy their golden years in comfort and with dignity.

One of those 28 senior dogs is Kilkenny. Kilkenny entered our care in April this year, and was classified as hospice due to a chain of intramuscular masses that a biopsy suggested was an aggressive and invasive cancer.  Seven months later, Kilkenny’s become best buds with his canine foster brother, he’s enjoyed morning snuggles, he’s romped in his first snow, and he’s made friends with everyone he’s met.  But one thing he hasn’t done is seen his masses grow!  After reevaluating the chain of masses, our vets now feel that – strange as they are – the masses are benign!

Kilkenny is now available for adoption, and will surely make somebody the sweetest companion.  Kilkenny never would have seen this day had you not made it possible for us to take in senior dogs to continue treating dogs with terminal illnesses as long as their quality of life is good.

Your gift, whether directly to our Wizened Wiggle Butts Fund or to our Facebook Fundraiser (where donations up to $7 million are matched on Dec. 3) enables us to continue serving dogs like Kilkenny. Donate through our Facebook Fundraiser on Giving Tuesday by clicking here.

Thank you for adding our senior dogs to your list of gift recipients this year!  Happy #GivingTuesday!

Karen Heald


It’s time to Strut Your Mutt again! Last year NCBR was the top fundraising team in San Francisco and the fourth most successful in the country!  Our team of over 100 teammates raised over $73,000 this year our goal is to raise $45,000.   This would be enough to fund the care of 23 incoming dogs. Can we do it again? Only with your help!



In addition to the fundraising incentives that Best Friends offers throughout the competition, NCBR will have our own fundraising incentives and mini-competitions just for our teammates thanks to our sponsors!

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Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at Larkey Park in Walnut Creek, 12pm – 3pm

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We are very excited to announce that this year we are one of 62 animal welfare groups chosen from 240 applicants to receive a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization to help senior dogs!

Our grant will fund the production of several interactive kiosks that will be placed in veterinary waiting rooms and provide information about our Wizened Wiggle Butts Program!  Our hope is that these kiosks will expand our foster home capacity for senior boxers and help educate pet owners about caring for senior dogs.
“This grant will help us serve more senior dogs Bunny – providing her the veterinary care and behavioral intervention she needs so she’ll be ready to go to her forever home,” says Karen Heald, our Executive Director. “No one is more grateful or loving than an old dog, and we’re looking forward to helping more senior dogs like Bunny get the second chance they all deserve.”

In the past 11 years, the national nonprofit Grey Muzzle Organization has provided almost $2 million in grants to support its vision of “a world where no old dog dies alone and afraid.”  “Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like NorCal Boxer Rescue make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer says. “Many senior dogs in Northern California are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of NorCal Boxer Rescue.”

Thank you, Grey Muzzle, for helping us continue to save our wonderful Wizened Wiggle Butts!

MARCH FOR BOXERS was a huge success!

78 of our supporters logged 2,466 miles during the month! Thank you for your support and keep walking/jogging/cycling for NCBR.

Every time you walk, jog, or bike (with or without a dog) and use the free mobile app, ResQwalk, in support of NCBR, you help our dogs because NCBR will receive a donation from Best Friends proportional to the number of miles our followers log!

Download the free Android app or iPhone app now!


We’ve also put together instructions on how to follow and support NCBR within the app to ensure your miles count for us.

Maddie's FundNorCal Boxer Rescue is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie’s Fund®, helping to achieve a no-kill nation #ThanksToMaddie.


Grey Muzzle Organization Grant Recipient

NorCal Boxer Rescue is one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states chosen from more than 300 applicants to receive a grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization to help senior dogs.

“This grant will help us recruit more foster homes for senior dogs like Gordon. He recently entered our care after being abandoned in his home for over two weeks before he was taken in by animal control,” said Karen Heald, executive director of NorCal Boxer Rescue. “No one is more grateful or loving than an old dog, and we’re looking forward to helping more senior dogs get the second chance they all deserve.”

The national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide.

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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Call 855-500-RIDE to donate or learn more.

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