My name is Big Ann!

Boxer Puppy for adoption in Sunderland, Massachusetts - Big Ann
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Northeastern Boxer Rescue

Facts about Big Ann

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

Big Ann and her brother Little Dan have been in our rescue program for almost four years!!!!! Mind you they have been leading happy lives with the same foster family since they arrived, and their foster family love them dearly, but they still need to be adopted into permanent homes. Our expenses for long term medical care gets costly and is a huge drain on our meager bank account. The more money we put into dogs who are ready for adoption takes away from our ability to help more needy dogs. One thing is for certain and that is we will not give up on these dogs no matter how long it takes to find them new homes with people who can meet their needs. However....We can really use your help. Please make a donation, open your home to foster, or better yet adopt.

11/2/14: Big Ann Has Lived Up To Her Name

Below is an update from Big Ann’s foster mom:

“Annie is such a character! She is almost 90 lbs now but thinks that she is 9 lbs. She has been doing well with the five other dogs in the house. She likes to go for very slow walks and sniff the whole world.

We are still dealing with some pretty bad allergies. She is getting weekly baths along with some inexpensive allergy medications which she eats just fine as long as they are in a little peanut butter. She is also on a grain free diet.

Annie is no longer crated and is trustworthy when left alone which is really nice. I usually find her on the sofa looking out the window when I get home. She still sleeps with me every night. Even though she is huge I have to have a set of stairs for her to get in bed or she will just cry until I pick her up because she still thinks she is little.”


Big Ann was born around February 2011. We have been calling her Annie so that is what she responds to. Annie is a big fun loving girl. She is being fostered with six other dogs and gets along with them well, big or small. She also gets along well with the cats. She is a very sweet cuddle bug. She loves to snuggle up to you when you watch tv and at night in bed. She is a good walker and only pulls if she sees a deer. She loves all toys and may love the stuffed toys a bit too much so we had to stop giving her those because she actually eats them. She has calmed down a lot since turning two. She does stay in a crate when we are gone because she can be quit curious and get into stuff that she shouldn't. Annie is a very sweet girl looking for her forever home.

08/05/11: Ann’s Check-Up Was Good - A Slight Medical Glitch For Dan

Big Ann and Little Dan had their visit with our vet and, for the most part, all went well. Little Dan has been urinating excessively so he had his urine tested to find out if he had an infection. The doctor decided to culture his urine which detected three different types of bacteria. The doctor prescribed two different medications (one very expensive) and the treatment appears to be working. They both were a big hit at the hospital giving kisses to all they met. Below is the latest update from their foster mom:

“Ann and Dan are doing so well. Ann is already almost completely potty trained although every now and then she has an accident like most puppies do. As for Dan his potty training has come a very long way now that he is on the right antibiotics for his UTI.

Ann is also coming along with her separation anxiety. The key is to find something that she really likes then she doesn't even notice that you leave. That key is usually a Kong with yogurt and a little peanut butter frozen in it. Dan is much more at ease being left alone.

They have also become very respectful of my two rabbits; they used to try to get them through their cage but now they hardly even look at them. As for the cats Ann is much more curious about them than Dan. He doesn't seem to be as interested in them

These guys are very energetic typical puppies, getting into things they shouldn't and running around without a care in the world. Ann and Dan are very smart too; they learned to sit in one day and now they always sit for treats and meals. They are just so loving…they love all people and all dogs that they have met so far. And when they get excited I call them my wiggly worms because they wiggle like crazy out of happiness. "

07/28/11: “The Times They Are A Changing”…For The Better

Big Ann and Little Dan had to stay at the Shelter for an additional two weeks before they could be transported to one of our foster homes. The day they were to be picked up they came down with an upper respiratory infection which prevented them from getting a health certificate allowing them to cross State lines. We are very grateful to this Shelter for allowing these sweet pups the time to get better instead of having them killed like many other animal control facilities would have done.

They are adjusting well to living with a loving family although, understandably, they are a bit anxious when their “people” are out of sight. Their foster mom is helping them to feel more secure by leaving them alone for a few minutes at a time and they are getting much better. This type of anxiety is very common when dogs are abandoned, but it is easily overcome when people understand the situation and handle them with love and kindness.

Big Ann and Little Dan have a scheduled vet appointment for another exam and to receive the last of their inoculations. If all goes well they will be ready to be adopted.

Below is a report from the pups’ foster mom:

“These guys are so adorable. I have to say they may not look one hundred percent boxer but they are one hundred percent boxer at heart for sure. They are just such love bugs. Since the moment we picked them up they have been showering us with kisses and love.

Big Annie and Little Dan are very quick learners, are catching on to everything so fast, and I have only had them a short time. They are still working on potty training but I think they will be trained in no time. They already learned to go to the door after being here for only one day. I just need to be a little faster at opening the door.

They both enjoy walks and are great on a leash. They really love all of their toys and treats. There is a little sibling rivalry going on though; if one has a toy then that's the toy the other wants, and if you give one attention the other one is sure to follow. Annie and Dan are just both so sweet and they both love to cuddle. Ann likes to sleep tight against me all night and Dan likes to take a nap with me during the day.

They are doing so well which has pleasantly surprised us since they were in the shelter for a whole month. This has been a great experience fostering them so far.”

06/24/11: Hard Times Even For Puppies

We receive many daily emails from various shelters posting lists of their “URGENT” dogs. Many of these shelters are out of our area and when we see a boxer on the list we watch to make sure a more local Rescue steps in to help the dogs. We were keeping track of two adorable puppies this week named Big Ann and Little Dan. Every day we checked in we were surprised to see they were still in danger.

We received an email reporting that time was up for these two pups and both of them were scheduled to be killed within 24 hours due to lack of space. We immediately placed a call to the shelter and told them we would take Big Ann and Little Dan into our Rescue program. Sadly, many dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are killed every day because there are not enough foster or permanent homes to care for them. We did not want Big Ann and Little Dan to be part of this horrific statistic.

We are currently in the process of making arrangements to get them spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines. We are hoping we will have an available foster home. We were told these pups were brought in together as strays and estimate their age to be four months. They are reported to be sweet and friendly and weigh approximately 25 pounds.

For now, they are safe and we are looking forward to learning more about these two in the days ahead.

Can you donate to help Big Ann?

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

Northeastern Boxer Rescue

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About Northeastern Boxer Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Northeastern Boxer Rescue is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization which is an all-volunteer effort to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned boxer dogs within the Northeastern United States. We work within Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

When boxers are in need, NBR volunteers respond. Our mission includes hands-on rescue, as well as education. We strive to inform others about the realities of pet guardianship, promote neutering, and encourage responsible care. It is our hope that our efforts will enhance the lives of people as well as companion animals. Join us. Help us to help boxers.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

All of the dogs in our rescue program are cared for by volunteers who open their homes to foster. These dogs are available to meet by appointment after you have been approved to adopt.

Our Adoption Process...

Please submit our on-line adoption application if you have an interest to adopt. You will be asked to provide personal and veterinary references as well as meeting with one of our volunteers at your home. It will also be necessary to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. Please be patient with our process as we are all volunteers and it takes time to make a suitable match.