The Right Boxer, The Right Home, Loved Forever.

Board

DeAnn King
President

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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.

Jason McCathren
Vice President

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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
Secretary

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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!

Kath Colvin
Officer

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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.

Kristi Koontz
Officer

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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.

Crystal Ochsner
Officer

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I have been surrounded by dogs for all my life, and have worked in veterinary medicine for over 12 years. For the first six of those years, I was working in emergency and triage medicine. After that, I started working my way up through many different leadership roles. I still work hands on with patients, while being a Practice Manager for a small Specialty practice in Portland.

My husband and I fell in love with boxers while running our own doggy daycare 15 years ago. Our first rescue was a sweet white boxer named Maggie, who stole our hearts from the moment we met her. After losing her at the age of 12, we turned to Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue to adopt our next family member. Right away, we fell in love with our special boy Sarge. We were so grateful to have found him, that we wanted to give back and help rescue many more by volunteering. Fall of 2019 we were given the opportunity to adopt a new puppy that was born into the rescue, giving us our sweet girl Joey. Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue has forever changed our lives for the better and we could not be more grateful.

I am truly honored to be on the board of directors for this amazing rescue!!

Kimm Kings
Officer
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I have always had a passion for helping animals. Growing up, my Grandparent’s had a farm where I was surrounded by cattle, horses, chickens, cats, and dogs. As a kid I would find the sick, abandoned, or injured animals and would try to help them. I was convinced I would be a veterinarian when I grew up, but that quickly changed when I realized I wouldn’t be able to save every animal. Too much heartache
would come with that job.

When my boys were young, we had many different pets. Rats, hamsters, birds, fish, cats, and dogs. One
year my husband decided he wanted a big dog. For his birthday I got him a boxer puppy, and we named
her Jewels. She was an amazing addition to our family, and she started our love of boxers. Then a friend found a boxer roaming the streets. When she tried to return him, they did not want him back. She reached out on Facebook to find this adorable boy a home. We offered to take him for a weekend to see if he would fit in with our pack. It’s been over 5 years now, and he has been a fabulous addition to our family. Our friend had named this beautiful boy “Foster Puppy”. His name was shortened to Foster, and it stuck. Not long after we adopted Foster, Jewels crossed the rainbow bridge and Foster didn’t take that well. We knew we needed to bring another pup into our family for him and us. Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue was eager to help fill the void. We adopted Rocko. Unfortunately, we only got a year with him. He died from cancer. We gave Rocko the very best year of his life, and he gave us so much love in return. We would do it all over again. This is where our passion to rescue boxers started. WHBR became our additional family.

Working for a school district as the district accountant, and having many years of not-for-profit experience, I decided to offer up some help. I may not have ended up a veterinarian, but I have a talent for finance, and am excited to do whatever I can to help boxers find their furever families.

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