Mountain State Boxer Rescue, Inc.

Our Adoptable Pet List


MSBR'S new officers will be taking over this organization beginning January 1, 2010. Please welcome Kelli Hinkle Burgess as our new President. She will be assisted by Leslie Tyree. Julie Perry, Lisa Sigmon and Megan Carper will all remain in their respective positions for 2010. Please note that Kristine Harmon-McCreery, who recently moved out of state, has resigned, but will still be active in helping rescue in whatever way is possible.

A Bit of Down Time From Fostering Multiple Dogs

MSBR currently has a limited number of dogs available for adoption due to limited foster home space. Please check back frequently, as we are still taking in a limited number of dogs and will be placing them for adoption.


Tom Blankenship is your man. Tom owns Professional Exercise, Training and Sitting, LLC. Call him at 304-926-0178 or email him at for information on rates. You will NOT be disappointed!


We are in desperate need of foster homes who can take a stray or abandoned Boxer and help it become a great dog that anyone would want to adopt. Besides providing the basic needs, food, fresh water, a cool (or warm) place to live, you need to be willing to train the foster and evaluate it for suitability for placement. MSBR pays for all medical care for the foster dogs, including monthly heartworm preventative medication. Foster parents must be willing to work on manners, housetraining, basic obedience, and socialization of foster dogs. Every potential foster parent is educated on fostering. If you would like to try fostering, please get in touch with Megan at If you are interested in adopting, fostering is a great way to find your perfect family companion.



MSBR is now taking in a limited number of dogs until we can get a kennel built to house the foster dogs safely while we are at work. The kennel building is up, but we do not yet have the exterior kennel fencing! We are reserving our foster dog space for those Boxers who do not have owners and who are in danger of being put to sleep in local animal shelters. If you own a Boxer that you need to rehome, we will assist you in placing your dog, if certain criteria is met. Your dog must remain in your home until it is placed with an approved adoptive family. You must take your dog to the vet and have it spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, intestinal worm tested and treated. Your dog must not have any history of aggression towards people or other animals. If you're willing to take care of your pet until we place it with a family, please contact Lisa Sigmon at

Who We Are

MSBR is a West Virginia Corporation with 501(c)(3) tax deductible status that was formed in 2001 by a group of Boxer dog loving people. We spend a great deal of time, money and energy saving individual Boxer dogs from certain death in West Virginia shelters and dog pounds. MSBR volunteers take in abandoned and unwanted Boxers and foster them in their homes while helping the dog become adoptable. All rescue dogs are given a thorough medical exam and are vaccinated, heartworm tested and spayed/neutered prior to adoption. The dogs are crate and housetrained and taught basic obedience commands while in care. All dogs are tested for compatability with other dogs, cats and children. While there is never a guarantee, we try to adopt only those dogs with sound temperaments.

We strongly urge you to research the Boxer breed before purchasing a puppy or adopting an adult. Boxers are wonderful dogs, but they are not for every household. They are high energy dogs and although very trainable, they do require a great deal of supervision and strong leadership. Boxers want to be with their families every minute of every day. They will become very destructive when left alone if not properly trained. Older Boxers are usually perfect pets because while they are still active and playful, they also settle down to sleep on the floor at your feet. If you have a very inactive lifestyle, you'll not be happy with a Boxer and the dog won't be happy either!

Adoption fees barely cover the basic medical expenses of vaccinations, spay/neuter and heartworm testing. Most of the dogs we receive in care need much more and some need surgeries costing thousands of dollars. We survive on donations from people who care about making a difference to unwanted dogs. If you would like to make a donation, please mail your check or money order to: MSBR; P. O. Box 11891; Charleston, WV, 25339 or to Phillips Animal Hospital; 100 Virginia Street, East, Charleston, WV 25301. Please note that it should be applied to MSBR's account.

Surrendering a pet

MSBR will accept owner-surrendered dogs that can no longer remain in the home due to divorce, relocation, or whatever. We cannot accept a dog with a history of human aggression or unprovoked dog aggression. Because our resources are extremely limited, we require that the dog be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated for any medical condition prior to coming into care. Our limited resources are used to treat Boxers that do not have owners. If you can no longer keep your Boxer and don't want to take it to a shelter or pound, please take care of its basic medical needs prior to surrendering it to us for rehoming so we will have the financial means to continue to help dogs without owners.

Adopting a friend

Adopting a rescue dog is not for everyone. We're searching for the most responsible pet owners who are willing to go the extra mile and make room for very special dogs, some whom have baggage from past experiences. There is no perfect dog, other than those that you train to be perfect for you. Our dogs are ready and willing to give you all their love for years to come.

If you are interested in adopting, please contact Lisa for an application for adoption via email ( We adopt only to residents of the state of West Virginia who meet our adoption criteria. While the absence of a fenced yard does not preclude adoption, it will limit the number of dogs available to you as most Boxers need a safe place to run off energy free of the constraints of a leash. You will be required to sign a legally binding contract that requires all dogs adopted be kept as indoor pets only and that they be kept up to date on vaccinations and on heartworm prevenative medication year round. We also require that all current pets be altered and up to date on vaccinations and heartworm preventative.


Please note that we will not adopt a dog as a gift to another person. Choosing a companion animal is an extremely personal choice. If you want to give a pet as a gift, we recommend that you purchase a collar, leash, food bowls, dog bed, toys and chew bones and wrap them all up, along with a "coupon" good for the price of the adoption fee. When the gift recipient is ready, he or she can choose his/her own pet.


If you find a stray Boxer, please take it to your local shelter, or if it is injured, to a local veterinarian. If a dog has an owner, that is the first place they will look for their pet. Under the law in WV, a stray must be kept for 5 business days in the custody of the animal control facility for that county. If the owner doesn't come looking for the dog, ownership then passes to the county and the dog may be adopted out. We must obtain legal ownership of a stray in this manner, therefore, we do not take in stray dogs that people have found. If you find a Boxer, take it to your local shelter and send us an email letting us know the dog is there. That will enable one of our volunteers or members to go visit the dog, check it's temperament and offer to pay for medical needs, if the dog is ill or injured. After the five day holding period is up, we can take the dog from the shelter and have LEGAL ownership of the dog thereafter.


Our philosophy is that all companion animals should be altered to ensure the preventation of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. MSBR volunteers have to visit humane society shelters and dog pounds every day of the week, so we have daily reminders of the thousands of unwanted babies that are produced each year by irresponsible pet owners. Don't even ask to adopt a dog unaltered. It will NEVER happen. If you have a pet you intend to breed, please do not contact us about adopting a rescue Boxer. Every puppy you produce means puppies in a pound somewhere will die. There are other benefits to spay/neuter that shouldn't be overlooked either. Most bites inflicted by dogs are from testosterone driven intact male dogs. Spaying and neutering animals removes the "hormonal" temperament and makes your dog a better household pet. Bitches often develop pyometria, or infection of the uterus when left unspayed. Male dogs are much more likely to develop testicular cancer if left unneutered. Please spay and neuter your pets.


Tom Homan and the staff at Phillips Animal Hospital are wonderful supporters of MSBR and the homeless Boxer dogs and cats that our rescue saves from shelters. They have a convenient location in downtown Charleston (100 Virginia Street, East) and take new patients by appointment (342-3330). Please show your support of MSBR by choosing Dr. Homan for all of your veterinary needs. You will not be disappointed!

Come Visit Us!

We do not have a shelter facility. All rescue dogs are kept in our private homes. If you would like to meet an individual dog, we require a fully completed application for adoption. We will then contact you to schedule an appointment for you to meet the dog(s) we think would work well with your family and lifestyle. Please be patient with this process. All MSBR volunteers work full time jobs and are very busy retrieving and caring for the foster Boxers. This process cannot and should not be rushed. These dogs have been though a lot already and our goal is to find a permanent home for them. We exercise extreme care in approving families for adoption.

Mountain State Boxer Rescue, Inc.

P. O. Box 11891
Charleston, WV 25339
Phone: Use email or if you have an emergency, call between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. ONLY call Julie at 304-722-4158. If you find one of our rescued boxers, please call us immediately. Please note that WE ARE NOT A SHELTER and we do not take in stray dogs, so please do not call us if you find a stray Boxer. The dog should be taken to a local shelter so the dog's family has an opportunity to find him or her.

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