My name is Ava!

Boxer Dog for adoption in Sunderland, Massachusetts - Ava
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Ava's Info...

I am already spayed, purebred, and up to date with shots.

Ava's Story...
09/17/10: The Value of Life, The Plea for Benevolence, The Necessity of Compassion

NBR currently has 7 dogs who are living in boarding kennels.....Ava, Gustoff, Captain, Rock, Wilco, Tuck, and Phoenix. Sadly, we have not found appropriate foster or permanent homes for them.. The most disheartening thing about this situation is that all of these dogs have the potential to be wonderful dogs, but they can not seem to get a break. They have all been mishandled by people and because of this they are now considered "hard to place".

These dogs have trust issues because people have let them down and NBR is committed to rectifying the wrongs that have been done to them. We are looking for people to foster or adopt who genuinely want to help a dog in the truest sense of the word. Please do not consider taking any of these dogs into your home if you have a big ego or if you are not tolerant enough to allow the dogs to adjust at their own pace. These dogs need someone who understands that their adjustment period could be long, and they will need kind people who have lots of patience. Some of these dogs have been in a foster home previously but they "failed' because the people (who had good intentions) did not comprehend the commitment needed of them. Every time these dogs have a change they are set back in their progress so we are being very cautious about choosing homes for them. NBR will provide as much moral support as you need. We have been very successful turning dogs such as these around and you will need to be able to trust our recommendations and follow our lead.

Ava, Gustoff, Captain, Rock, Wilco, Tuck, and Phoenix all have much love to give, but they will expect you to earn their trust. They will no doubt teach you more about dog behavior then you will ever learn in a book, and you may learn much about yourself and other people as well. Once you earn their trust you will be blessed with a companion who will truly be your best friend forever, and you will be rewarded with the satisfaction that you truly made a difference in a needy dog's life.

Unfortunately boarding costs are expensive and they are draining our bank account. We have set up a Chip-In account to try and offset these expenses. If you cannot help us by taking one of these dogs into your home, please help pay for their expenses until suitable placements can be found. Every one of these dogs would have been killed if NBR did not take them into our rescue program. We feel that all of their lives have meaning and we are proud that we saved them. You can share in that pride by doing whatever you can to help.


Ava Requires A Gentle Hand

We received a call from a local shelter asking for our assistance. Ava was found as a stray, wandering the streets, and was being held by animal control. No one had come forward to claim her, and her mandatory ten day hold had expired.

The shelter felt they could not place Ava since she was dog aggressive and did not like to be forced to go into her kennel. Despite these two issues the shelter staff felt she was a wonderful dog who had a lot of potential in the right hands.

Ava is a great dog , however, you need a soft hand with her. You can not take a forceful approach to make her do something or she will react defensively. Luckily she is very treat motivated and will gladly follow direction if asked nicely. She also cannot be placed with other dogs.

She loves going for walks and is very polite on lead. A fenced yard is a necessity for her (underground fencing will not be considered). She would do well with someone home for the better part of the day so they can give her lots of attention.

Our guesstimate is that Ava is four years old and she is definitely very intelligent. We will not place her with children since we have no previous history with them. She is spayed and up-to-date on vaccines, is very clean at the kennel, and is quiet unless she is in the presence of another dog.

We are looking for a dog savvy home with a person who has experience with positive training techniques such as clicker training. Ava wants to please and will be devoted to the person she trusts. She needs you. Are you willing to give Ava a chance?

12/12/09: More information coming soon. Ava is currently being boarded at a Doggy Day Care facility and could use your financial support to help cover his expenses.

Can you donate to help with AVA?

You can send a check directly to: Northeastern Boxer Rescue
P.O. Box 95 Sunderland MA 01375. or use PayPal

Jane Scott -

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Facts about Ava

  • Breed: Boxer
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Ava, a Sunderland Boxer dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Boxer for sale in Sunderland, or seeking a Boxer dog from a breeder in Sunderland.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in Sunderland already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a Sunderland breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Boxer breeders who help with Boxer rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in Sunderland paves the way for another one to be saved.