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Becoming a foster parent for a dog is a rewarding experience. It gives you the chance to raise the puppy or dog in a good home temporarily. And sadly gives the shelter more dogs to put into the kennels. There are five steps that you will need to do first before your furry friend enters your home. First step is to make sure that there is nothing the dog can chew on and decide on where he or she will be sleeping. Make sure that there is nothing toxic that the dog can get into.  Second step is to call your local shelter and ask to become part of their foster program. They will have an application for you to fill out. Some shelters might want a fenced in yard or someone to be home at all times for the dog. Most shelters will likely come to your house for a visit. Third step is to meet with the rescue group and let them know what kind of dog you can handle. Also make sure to let the shelter know if you have any other pets in the house. Tell the shelter why you want to be part of a rescue group and let them know what you will get out of it. Fourth step is bringing your dog home. The dog will be scared and confused when he enters your house, so don’t get mad if he has an accident right away. It will take time for the dog to readjust. You will want to focus on training and showering them with love and remember that they are only there for a short period of time. The fifth and last step is to let them go to their new home when they are adopted. It will be hard to let them go, but there will be more dogs that you can rescue.

Those are the steps to successfuly become a foster parent for a dog. Shelters need as many helpers that they can get! Go out and save a dog’s life today!

Here is the website for Sioux Falls Humane Society and how to contact them.

http://sfhumanesociety.com/contacts

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Our friends at Paws Up Pet Sitting will be collecting pet items for the Oglala Pet Project (OPP) in Kyle, SD. OPP is a non-profit organization serving the Pine Ridge communities and the pets on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It works to help as many cats and dogs as possible with anything from shots, spay/neuters, food, frontline, and anything else the pet needs.
Paws Up will be collecting items from now until April 1. 2012 to help (get a complete list of what OPP needs here). If you wish to donate an item, please contact Paws Up at 605-351-7229 and Paws Up will personally pick the items up.
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Guest Blog by: Northern Plains Boxer Rescue

Hello all! Northern Plains Boxer Rescue’s 2nd Annual Boxer Walk is fast approaching. It will be Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls, SD. For just $15, you get lunch, boxer walk, silent auction, talk from an area dog trainer, and a gift bag with several samples, dvd from Science Diet, dog food measuring cup and more. Check out everyboxercounts.com for a complete list of silent auction items. We will also be selling Boxer Walk and NPBR t-shirts with our logo on them. If you would like to pre-order a shirt just indicate that on the registration form. There will be some shirts available for sale at the Boxer Walk, too. The walk is open to all dogs, so tell your friends! For more information, contact Marvin Bahr at marv@everyboxercounts.com or (605) 690-8976.


Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer effort where every boxer counts. We are an organization that strives to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all boxers in need. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue makes every effort to educate the public about the boxer breed and responsible pet ownership. We serve a five state region: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Currently we have more than 50 boxers in rescue who need a good, loving home. We operate solely out of foster homes so we know every boxer in our rescue and their lovable personalities. Without our foster homes and other volunteers, we could not operate. We are always looking for new volunteers and foster homes!

Courtesy: KDLT.com

Today will be the last day for a temporary animal shelter in Pierre. Code 3 operated the shelter that helped 178 animals. Now Paws Animal Rescue will help those pets who need to find a home.

Feeling ruff, lately? Head out to the Northern Plains Boxer Rescue’s 2nd Boxers and Bikers Poker Run this Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Tea SD, during Teapot Days.  Registration starts at 9 am at the Tea Middle School (map) parking lot. A poker run is an organized event where participants visit several “sniff trail” checkpoints, getting their poker hand card marked and at the end of the run if all of your stops are marked you get to draw cards. The best poker hands win prizes. First place is a 32″ TV, second is a blue ray player, and third is an iPod nano. The event begins at 10 am with the parade. Poker hands will be drawn at 5pm and prizes at 6 pm. Anyone interested in participating in this event can register at www.everyboxercounts.com. Registration fee is $20 a person. Click on the poker run link on the main page (you may have to scroll down a little) to enjoy the PowerPoint presentation from last year or call 605-366-3105 for more details.

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer effort where every boxer counts. We are an organization that strives to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all boxers in need. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue makes every effort to educate the public about the boxer breed and responsible pet ownership. We serve a five state region: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Currently we have more than 50 boxers in rescue who need a good, loving home. We operate solely out of foster homes so we know every boxer in our rescue and their lovable personalities. Without our foster homes and other volunteers, we could not operate. We are always looking for new volunteers and foster homes!

For those affected by the flooding in the Yankton area, you can take your pets to a new temporary shelter. The Yankton Police Department, The Heartland Humane Society and The Humane Society of the United States set up the shelter at the 4-H grounds. The Miracle Hockey Association donated the space and PetSmart gave the supplies!

If you would like to volunteer, call Animal Control Office (605) 661- 9494 or the Yankton Police Department (605) 668-5210.

Courtesy: KDLT.com

Also, pets in Pierre settle into their temporary home away from home. You can can get an update on them in this KDLT story.

Southeast Pierre - June 1, 2011 / Courtesy: disasterrecovery.sd.gov

Some great advice from Heartland Humane Society in Yankton about preparing your fur family for relocating due to the flooding. Don’t forget, Heartland Humane Society remains full and will need foster homes for pets and a shelter operated by Code 3 opened in Pierre for animals there.

For pet owners who may need to evacuate, remember:

  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Extra harness and leash (Note: harnesses are recommended for safety and security)
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires.
  • Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
  • Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
  • Especially for dogs: Long leash and yard stake, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner.

Gavins Point Dam, Yankton, SD - June 1, 2011

The Heartland Humane Society in Yankton needs people to foster pets as families leave due to flooding. The Argus Leader includes ways you can help and how to contact the shelter to foster.

Also, you can get an update in this KDLT News story on the animals in the Pierre-area receiving a temporary home after being displaced by the flooding.

Courtesy: KDLT.com

Courtesy: breadysd.com

For families in the Pierre area, an animal shelter opened today, operated by Code 3. People can call the Pierre Police Dispatch (605-773-7410) to register pets at the shelter located between the terminal and fire station on Airport Road. Officials will evaluate all animals when they arrive and vet services will be available along with food and water. For a pet needs special food, owners must supply that. People can visit their furry family members while they stay at the shelter.

Guest Blog by: Northern Plains Boxer Rescue

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is hosting the 2nd annual Boxers and Bikers Poker Run June 18, 2011 in Tea SD, during Teapot Days.  We’ll start at 9 am at the Tea Middle School (map) parking lot. A poker run is an organized event where participants visit several “sniff trail” checkpoints, getting their poker hand card marked and at the end of the run if all of your stops are marked you get to draw cards. The best poker hands win prizes. First place is a 32″ TV, second is a blue ray player, and third is an iPod nano. The event begins at 10 am with the parade. Poker hands will be drawn at 5pm and prizes at 6 pm.

Anyone interested in participating in this 100% non-profit event can register at www.everyboxercounts.com. Registration fee is $20 a person. If you register by June 5 you will receive a free “doggie” gift bag. Click on the poker run link on the main page (you may have to scroll down a little) to enjoy the PowerPoint presentation from last year or call 605-366-3105 for more details.

Meeting one of our boxers looking for a forever home: Hi, my name is Joel. I’m a handsome 2 year old white boxer boy. I love playing with my resident boxer sisters and going for walks. I’d be the perfect running companion. My sister, Sky, and I came into rescue together and she has already found her forever home. Everyone keeps telling me I’ll find a new home soon because I’m so good looking and sweet. My adoption donation is $350. Like all NPBR boxers 3 years of age and under, I will be adopted out with an obedience contract. My foster dad also says I’d be best in a home with a 6 foot fence.


Check out Joel and all of the available boxers out at everyboxercounts.com or email for more information!
Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer effort where every boxer counts. We are an organization that strives to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all boxers in need. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue makes every effort to educate the public about the boxer breed and responsible pet ownership. We serve a five state region: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Currently we have more than 50 boxers in rescue who need a good, loving home. We operate solely out of foster homes so we know every boxer in our rescue and their lovable personalities. Without our foster homes and other volunteers, we could not operate. We are always looking for new volunteers and foster homes!

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