Senior for Seniors
Our senior boxers for senior humans program (“Seniors for Seniors”) is an adoption program designed to give senior citizens (age sixty and over) the companionship and enjoyment that a senior boxer can provide.
The Boxer Rescue of NWA team will assess each senior boxer’s temperament and needs to provide an excellent match of human and boxer that will fit the activity level of both. All senior boxers will be fully vetted, and adoption fees are reduced to $35.
It is a long-known fact that cats and dogs provide not only companionship and friendship, but they also provide mental and physical stimulation as well as minimize depression for those living alone.
Our senior boxers are seven years and older, healthy enough to not need special care, and have proven to have gentle, calm temperaments. Canine seniors in the “Seniors for Seniors” program are already house trained and people friendly.
Not only do senior citizens get a good companion, but they will have ongoing post-adoption support from Boxer Rescue of NWA. If Senior citizens can no longer care for their boxer due to illness, our senior boxers must be returned to Boxer Rescue of NWA.
To be eligible for the Senior Citizens and Senior Boxers Program, you must be able to do the following without assistance:
- Provide safe opportunity for the boxer to go outside to relieve him/herself in a fenced yard or on a leash.
- Provide a warm, safe environment in which the senior boxer will live.
- Be able to feed the boxer 1 to 2 times daily and provide fresh water daily.
Meeting Your New Senior Boxer
It is as important to us that each senior boxer is placed in a home with the right senior citizen as it is for you to have the right boxer in your life. We will get to know the senior boxers that come into our care before placing them with a senior citizen, and we will be there as a support team for you during the adjustment period.
Before any commitments are made, we will bring the senior boxer to your home for a “meet and greet” to see how he/she and you feel about one another, and when the right senior boxer is matched with the right senior citizen at the right time, we will all know it!
About Senior Boxers
A “Senior Boxer” is one that is seven years or older.
Senior boxers that end up in rescue have come to us from shelters or other rescues because either their caregivers could or would no longer care for them. Senior dogs’ chances for adoption through a shelter are slim, as most people go to shelters to adopt a young dog or puppy.
A boxer’s life expectancy is 10-12 years or even more. The advantages of adopting a senior boxer are many! They are laid back, well over the chewing stage, are house trained, are calm and affectionate, and are easily satisfied with the quiet companionship of a senior citizen.
And don’t believe the lie that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It’s simply not true; they are just as able to learn new things as a young dog; however, many senior boxers already know the basic commands of “come,” “sit,” “lay,” and “stay.” They are generally far more mannerly and less energetic than young boxers, but they, like you, still need some exercise to stay healthy.
Senior boxers can be content little “couch potatoes” who also look forward to a slow walk on a leash or a stroll around the back yard. They are loyal and are extremely happy with a gentle pat on the head, a hug here and there, and a kiss on the forehead from time to time. They respond to kind words and will return the affection with their gentle “boxer lean” or head on your lap.
They are still a good watch dog to let you know if someone is at the door, but they will also gladly stop when you tell them, “It’s okay.”
If this is a good time to have the companionship of a sweet, senior boxer in your life? Give us a call at 479.601.1316 if you have any questions or need help completing the on-line Seniors for Seniors Application.
Senior Boxers and Health – other resources and articles
Scarcely any other dog can produce such inimitable wrinkles upon its forehead as the Boxer, and scarcely any other dog gazes at you so good-naturedly while furrowing its brow. Often Boxers are called the philosophers of the dog world.