Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s: These are questions that we are asked most often. We hope that you can find your answer here, but if you can’t, please feel free to Contact Us.

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Some white boxers are deaf.  How do you train a deaf boxer?

A deaf boxer is trained by learning hand signals similar to that of a deaf person. The ASL handbook is a great way to begin training your deaf boxer.   Be creative and incorporate some of your own hand signals into your communication with your boxer.   The following link is an excellent  resource for those who are interested in training a deaf boxer  Training a deaf boxer can be challenging, yet is extremely rewarding.

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What is Fassa’s Friends Boxer Rescue and where is FFBR located?

We are a non profit charity organization that seeks to provide rehoming services to boxers and boxer mix dogs.  We are comprised of volunteers that live throughout NJ, Eastern PA and Delaware .

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Where do the dogs come from in your rescue?

They come to us from animal shelters and from owners that find the need to surrender them to a rescue due to a variety of circumstances (ie financial hardship, etc).

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I see a boxer on your web site that I want to adopt! What do I do now?

First thing to do is fill out our Adoption Application. Once we receive your Completed Application, it is reviewed and forwarded to a volunteer in your area. The volunteer will contact you to set up an in-home evaluation. After the home visit has been completed and approved, a volunteer will coordinate having you meet with dogs and, hopefully, find you a perfect match.  Please be patient as all of the people at Fassa’s Friends are volunteers, many of whom have full time jobs and family responsibilities outside of their volunteering time.

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What do I do if I have a boxer that I can no longer keep?

Please fill out a Surrender Form and provide as much information about your boxer as possible.  We will have a volunteer contact you and start working on the process of bringing your boxer into the rescue if at all possible.  Please make sure to have all of your boxer’s shot records available for us or supply us with the last veterinarian who saw your boxer.  Please provide us with as much notice of your need to rehome your boxer as possible.  If you anticipate the need in the future to rehome your boxer, please contact us as soon as possible which gives us the greatest likelihood of being able to help you and your boxer.

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I am curious about what being a volunteer involves and if there is something I can do to help.  How do I find out if there is a volunteer task that I am qualified for?

Everyone has a skill that can be contributed to the rescue, and every volunteer brings something of value to the organization.  If you are interested in volunteering, don’t be shy….fill out a Volunteer Form and we can chat with you about where you might want to jump in.  Volunteers perform such “hands on” task as fostering and walking dogs at one of our kennels, to lesser hands on tasks such as transporting dogs (ie, going for a car ride) to get them from one location to another, to non-hands on functions such as computer work, helping with fundraising, making phone calls, helping with scheduling, etc.  Whatever your skills or interests, all volunteers bring a huge value to the table.

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I see Fassa’s Friends has rescued boxers are from back yard breeders.  What exactly is a back yard breeder?

A backyard breeder is a person who is motivated by greed and profit; the health and care of his dogs are of no importance. Back yard breeders have no knowledge of selective breeding goals and techniques and have little knowledge of the standards of the breed.  Back yard breeders give no thought to breeding dogs that are sick or have genetic deficiencies as in our Zoe’s case; she is deaf. Back yard breeders cut costs by avoiding veterinary care for their dogs, resulting in producing increasingly sickly pups. Nearly 67% of the dogs produced annually are products of back yard breeding. Successful backyard breeders branch out and can increase the number of breeds they offer, eventually owning and operating puppy mills. They scour the papers and internet in search of pure bred dogs that are “free to a good home,” or bought for a nominal “re-homing” fee. Please do not purchase a dog from a back yard breeder. Our little Macy died from complications directly related to over breeding by a back yard breeder.  Our recently adopted Zoe also a back yard breeding boxer gave birth to who knows how many deaf pups, sold to families who were not aware that their cute little 6 or 7 week old boxer pup was deaf. You can help stop this practice. If you see a boxer “free to a good home,” or for sale for a “nominal re-homing fee,” please email us immediately at We will do our very best to bring that boxer into our rescue and give it a second chance in a great life, not one of suffering at the hands of a back yard breeder.  Working together, we can make a difference! Thank you for your support!

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Why should I adopt an adult or  senior dog?

Giving a senior dog a home for his or her remaining years is one of the most selfless acts in animal rescue.  Rescuing a dog is about saving that dog from needlessly being euthanized in a shelter. Senior dogs are not as likely to be adopted from a shelter as a younger dog or puppy is.  Knowing you have given a senior dog the best life he or she has  probably ever had, or that you saved him from euthanasia just because he or she is old, is extremely rewarding.  We can tell you from experience that a senior boxer is as playful  and animated as his younger counterpart.   They have great character from years of life’s experiences and they are always so appreciative of you for adopting them.  Yes, seniors may not be able to spend as many years with their adoptive homes as a younger dog may.  And, yes, when any dog passes or crosses over the Rainbow Bridge it is an emotional and painful time for the family who loved that pet.  But, the bottom line is, how the people will feel when he or she  passes isn’t nearly as important as giving that deserving pet love and affection likely for the first time in their life, for as long as they have left to live.

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Is a Boxer the right breed for me?

Though each boxer is unique in personality, there are specific characteristics listed below that are common to this breed:
1.    Boxers are a playful, fun loving and high energy breed.  It has been said that boxers are 3 years old forever.  Even a senior boxer (though doesn’t play as long as a pup) is as playful as a puppy only not for as long. They are said to be the clowns of the canine world and will add personality and smiles to a happy home.
2.    Boxers are very intelligent and need to be properly exercised and challenged. If not, the boxer will find things to occupy himself.
3.    Boxers are a family oriented breed, therefore make great family pets.
4.     Training is highly recommended due to the strength, size and stubborn streak of the boxer.

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