The Right Boxer, The Right Home, Loved Forever.
My passion is around service whether it be for people or animals. I have always had a desire to help others and find the positive even in the lowest of lows. I have spent many years in various volunteer non-profit organizations allowing me to learn a lot in this area. After fostering and learning the ropes of rescuing, I decided it was time to live my dream and start my own rescue thus founding Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue. Thankfully, a team of experienced volunteers followed and together we are going to do whatever it takes to place boxers in the right homes where they can thrive and live forever.
We are super excited to be an advocate for these boxers who cannot speak for themselves. It is amazing to watch them thrive in various environments, learn new skills and become alive. The look in their eyes when they have made the connection with their new family is something you will never forget.
I know how hard it is if you are someone who has to re-home their best friend and have no other option due to circumstances beyond your control.
At Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue, you can rest assured that we will never judge or paint a negative picture about you. We will work with you at making the transition as easy as possible for you and your dog, and keep in contact with you so you know your buddy is safe and sound. We will find the perfect forever home and your boxer will be well taken care of and loved for the rest of their life.
We look forward to working with everyone, including other rescues and shelters, with the ultimate goal of no dog left behind.
I started volunteering in rescue after losing my first rescue boxer Sadie to Cancer. She wasn’t the prettiest of boxers when we adopted her due to recent surgery for cancer, years of abuse, and living a life of producing litter after litter of puppies for the financial gain of her owners, then discarded after she could no longer produce. When she first came into our home it was devastating to watch her cower and shake in fear if we picked up a remote or hairbrush as she feared she may be struck. I could not believe that another human being could instill this much fear into another living creature. With the diagnosis of cancer, we knew her time with us may be short but we wanted to help her learn to trust again and let her live her remaining days knowing what it was like to be part of a loving home. Since her passing it has become my passion to help other Boxers like her.
I am excited to be part of Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue, find loving homes for boxers in need, and to continue to educate and share my passion with people about the boxer breed.
Marcia Thomas Frater
My boxer, Titan, is a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog. I became involved in boxer rescue when I retired because my heart broke every time I saw a hungry, homeless dog, read an article or saw a picture of an abused or abandoned one. I would think- this dog could have been my Titan. Especially difficult were the pictures of animals surrendered to shelters because their owners could no longer care for them or in some cases, simply no longer wanted them. To me, dogs are not disposable – they are a members of the family and the should be loved and protected even when it’s inconvenient, when it gets expensive and when they are older and need extra care.
My special passion is saving senior dogs who have lost their homes. Sometimes it’s the only home they have ever known, they feel so lost and don’t understand what is happening. I want to find these dogs a forever home where they will be valued even though their eyesight may be failing and their legs may no longer be steady. These precious dogs deserve a home surrounded by people who are committed to love them and care for them until they cross the rainbow bridge.
I’m delighted to be a part of Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue and work with such an experienced and dedicated group of volunteers who change lives, one boxer at a time!
Growing up on the Long Beach Peninsula, a very rural area, my whole life revolved around animals. The family dog was our constant traveling buddy, and our house was almost like a dog hotel. Since my mother was also a dog enthusiast, every stray found its way into our homes and lives. The dog that I have the fondest memories of was a flashy fawn boxer named Gussie, who we rescued from the Portland Humane Society.
As time went on, I found myself wanting to welcome another boxer into my home, and decided that the best way to do that was to join a rescue, where I could also give my help to other boxers that came and went. For 18 months, both me and my husband volunteered for a boxer rescue and had the most fulfilling time doing it. If we hadn’t been apart of that rescue, my whole life would have been different.
Thanks to the first rescue I was in, I was able to adopt three dogs of my own and save countless others. The first boxer we adopted was actually from a backyard breeder six years ago, and she was named Olive. Thanks to my old rescue, we also adopted Moses four years ago, my husband’s service dog, and Bob one year ago.
It’s an honor to now be on the Board of Directors for Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue. My goal is to not only help our rescue thrive, but to work hand in hand with other rescues to save and re-home these lovable, energetic dogs.
I grew up on 40 acres, outside of a small town in Washington. We had horses, cows, sheep, pigs and one nanny goat that ruled the rest. My father loved animals and instilled that love of animals into my sister and me. Every stray dog or cat was welcomed into our home. Any injured bird or rabbit was brought home and nursed back to health. My mother was a big city girl, but thankfully good humored about country life. After leaving home I had a couple of different breeds of dogs, mostly well-loved mutts. I had been without a dog for a few years and was doing research on what breed would be the perfect fit into our family. Labs and boxers kept coming up in my search. I went with boxer; our first girl was ¾ boxer and ¼ mastiff. After getting our boxer, I set out to find a veterinarian. I was lucky enough to find one that loved boxers and had a boxer rescue. That was 20 years ago. I was hooked from day one. I love all animals, but boxers have stolen my heart. When I started volunteering for WHBR it was as a transporter, then fostering, then adopting. What I’ve found in WHBR was family, from the Board of Directors who are always there to answer any questions to the volunteers and adopters that share the same love and devotion to this crazy, fun loving breed. I couldn’t be any prouder to be joining the Board of Directors for Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue. My goal is to help raise funds, educate and share my love and passion for this breed.
Kristi has always been an avid lover of animals. While growing up, she was the child that brought home every stray. Throughout her life she has owned many different breeds of dogs but something changed when she got her son a Boxer puppy. She took care of him while her son was in the Marine Corps and Snort quickly turned into Mom’s dog. After she lost him to cancer at 10 years old she couldn’t face getting another dog so she decided to volunteer with a local boxer rescue setting up transports. Little did she know she would find her passion and purpose behind the eyes of one of those furry little wiggle-butts. She is dedicated to working tirelessly alongside all the many wonderful, giving and loving people within the Rescue, honored to stand with them as they work hard to save this lovable, squishy faced breed called the Boxer.
After losing our first two dogs that we had for several years, we adopted our third dog named Jasper. He was mostly deaf, but the greatest dog. One day, my wife was walking him and he saw a dog that was also being walked. He was bouncing with excitement seeing this other dog, he had never been so excited to see a dog before. Low and behold it was a boxer.
Fast forward a couple of months and doing some research and learning and looking for a boxer, we found and adopted our first boxer named Grace. Grace was my dog from the minute we met. She was my heart and soul. Grace was the perfect dog in every way. She had the greatest personality and was a 55lb lap dog. We discovered that boxers were a special breed, and learned that they needed to be saved so they could be shared with the world. This opened the door for both my wife and I into the rewarding world of boxer rescue. We had no idea how many boxers needed help and we wanted to do our part to help.
When I joined WHBR as a volunteer, I immediately felt like family and at right at home. I knew I wanted to do more and help in any way that I could.
I am honored and privileged to be on the BoD to share this wonderful breed of dog with current and future boxer lovers. My main function is fundraising as it takes a great deal of money to rescue dogs. I am excited to be a part of growing the rescue and educating people on the boxer breed.