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Strut Your Mutt 2022


For the past seven years, Strut Your Mutt has been critical to our ability to serve the most vulnerable boxers in northern California – the ill, injured, senior, and  those otherwise at greatest risk of shelter euthanasia.  We are grateful to be able to serve these dogs, knowing that their expenses are greater than that of the average, healthy, young dog.

In fact, on average, each adult dog in our care costs our organization about four times its adoption fee, and each senior costs about 15 times its adoption fee.  

We are able to sustain these costs thanks to each of you who supports us through Strut Your Mutt.

Last year, with your support, our Strut Your Mutt team raised just under $91,000, and was the top team in the nation!

Since the beginning of 2022, these funds helped us to provide care for 119 dogs, of which 16% were senior dogs.

Some of the dogs you have helped so far this year include:

Snow White, a tiny, deaf puppy who was surrendered at only a few days of age when she was failing to thrive and was suffering from an infected tail that had been docked at home.

Bliss, a beautiful boxer lady who found herself homeless and pregnant before being rescued.

Zander, a youthful fellow who somehow ended up in a shelter with serious and infected wounds all over his body.

Petey, an amazingly resilient senior dog who survived and recovered from a tragic car accident that left him temporarily paralyzed.

Gorda and Tanner, two perfectly wonderful senior boxers who came from separate shelters but are now adoptive siblings together in their loving home.

These dogs and so many others have benefitted from NCBR’s work and from the support of caring people like you.

You can help us continue to provide the care that these dogs need by:


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NorCal Boxer Rescue Changes and Announcements

We are sad to announce that Debbie Wood has resigned her position as NCBR Foster Home Coordinator. Deb has worked tirelessly for over seven years as the Foster Home Coordinator for our rescue, and in that time has been directly responsible for saving almost 1000 boxer dogs!

She has sacrificed so much of her time, love and energy to save this wonderful breed. NCBR can never thank her enough.

THANK YOU, Deb, for all that you have given.

Please join NCBR in welcoming Nicole, Launa, Alice, Larry and Brent as volunteers for ALL things foster – related at NCBR! They are covering the following roles:

  • Foster Coordinator – Nicole P.
  • Assistant Foster Coordinator – Launa A.
  • Foster Recruitment Coordinator – Alice L.
  • Mentor Coordinators – Larry S. and Brent H.

Thank you so much to all of these folks for volunteering for such critical positions. As we all know, foster homes are the single most important part of NCBR and having these volunteers take over finding, processing and supporting foster homes will be instrumental to NCBR’s continued success.

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.

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.

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!

CARS Donate a Vehicle

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

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