The Right Boxer, The Right Home, Loved Forever.

Board

DeAnn King

DeAnn King

President

My passion is around service whether it be for people or animals. I have always had a desire to help others and find the positive even in the lowest of lows. I have spent many years in various volunteer non-profit organizations allowing me to learn a lot in this area. After fostering and learning the ropes of rescuing, I decided it was time to live my dream and start my own rescue thus founding Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue. Thankfully, a team of experienced volunteers followed and together we are going to do whatever it takes to place boxers in the right homes where they can thrive and live forever.

We are super excited to be an advocate for these boxers who cannot speak for themselves. It is amazing to watch them thrive in various environments, learn new skills and become alive. The look in their eyes when they have made the connection with their new family is something you will never forget.

I know how hard it is if you are someone who has to re-home their best friend and have no other option due to circumstances beyond your control.

At Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue, you can rest assured that we will never judge or paint a negative picture about you. We will work with you at making the transition as easy as possible for you and your dog, and keep in contact with you so you know your buddy is safe and sound. We will find the perfect forever home and your boxer will be well taken care of and loved for the rest of their life.

We look forward to working with everyone, including other rescues and shelters, with the ultimate goal of no dog left behind.

Jason McCathren

Jason McCathren

Vice President

I started volunteering in rescue after losing my first rescue boxer Sadie to Cancer. She wasn’t the prettiest of boxers when we adopted her due to recent surgery for cancer, years of abuse, and living a life of producing litter after litter of puppies for the financial gain of her owners, then discarded after she could no longer produce. When she first came into our home it was devastating to watch her cower and shake in fear if we picked up a remote or hairbrush as she feared she may be struck. I could not believe that another human being could instill this much fear into another living creature. With the diagnosis of cancer, we knew her time with us may be short but we wanted to help her learn to trust again and let her live her remaining days knowing what it was like to be part of a loving home. Since her passing it has become my passion to help other Boxers like her.

I am excited to be part of Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue, find loving homes for boxers in need, and to continue to educate and share my passion with people about the boxer breed.

Marcia Thomas Frater

Marcia Thomas Frater

Secretary

My boxer, Titan, is a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog. I became involved in boxer rescue when I retired because my heart broke every time I saw a hungry, homeless dog, read an article or saw a picture of an abused or abandoned one. I would think- this dog could have been my Titan. Especially difficult were the pictures of animals surrendered to shelters because their owners could no longer care for them or in some cases, simply no longer wanted them. To me, dogs are not disposable – they are a members of the family and the should be loved and protected even when it’s inconvenient, when it gets expensive and when they are older and need extra care.

My special passion is saving senior dogs who have lost their homes. Sometimes it’s the only home they have ever known, they feel so lost and don’t understand what is happening. I want to find these dogs a forever home where they will be valued even though their eyesight may be failing and their legs may no longer be steady. These precious dogs deserve a home surrounded by people who are committed to love them and care for them until they cross the rainbow bridge.

I’m delighted to be a part of Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue and work with such an experienced and dedicated group of volunteers who change lives, one boxer at a time!

Kristi Koontz

Kristi Koontz

Officer

Kristi has always been an avid lover of animals. While growing up, she was the child that brought home every stray. Throughout her life she has owned many different breeds of dogs but something changed when she got her son a Boxer puppy. She took care of him while her son was in the Marine Corps and Snort quickly turned into Mom’s dog. After she lost him to cancer at 10 years old she couldn’t face getting another dog so she decided to volunteer with a local boxer rescue setting up transports. Little did she know she would find her passion and purpose behind the eyes of one of those furry little wiggle-butts. She is dedicated to working tirelessly alongside all the many wonderful, giving and loving people within the Rescue, honored to stand with them as they work hard to save this lovable, squishy faced breed called the Boxer.
Kathy Colvin

Kathy Colvin

Officer

Growing up on the Long Beach Peninsula, a very rural area, my whole life revolved around animals. The family dog was our constant traveling buddy, and our house was almost like a dog hotel. Since my mother was also a dog enthusiast, every stray found its way into our homes and lives. The dog that I have the fondest memories of was a flashy fawn boxer named Gussie, who we rescued from the Portland Humane Society.

As time went on, I found myself wanting to welcome another boxer into my home, and decided that the best way to do that was to join a rescue, where I could also give my help to other boxers that came and went. For 18 months, both me and my husband volunteered for a boxer rescue and had the most fulfilling time doing it. If we hadn’t been apart of that rescue, my whole life would have been different.

Thanks to the first rescue I was in, I was able to adopt three dogs of my own and save countless others. The first boxer we adopted was actually from a backyard breeder six years ago, and she was named Olive. Thanks to my old rescue, we also adopted Moses four years ago, my husband’s service dog, and Bob one year ago.

It’s an honor to now be on the Board of Directors for Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue. My goal is to not only help our rescue thrive, but to work hand in hand with other rescues to save and re-home these lovable, energetic dogs.

Stacy Cole

Stacy Cole

Officer

Most donors, and those that follow Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue, will rarely get the opportunity to interact with Stacy directly, even though they experience her work through our donor communications and promotional efforts. As head of our Donor Communications, and assistance with marketing, Stacy strives to effectively position WHBR in the rescue community and the non-profit world.

Having boxers of her own, thus following boxer rescue sites, it was the many cases of horrific abuse that caused her to join force in rescue work lending her time and research to those helpless to protect themselves. For some, each boxer rescued and placed in its forever home is what brings them the joy and continues their volunteer work. For Stacy, it is the memory of every boxer not reached in time, and lost to abuse or starvation, that keeps her involved.

Nancy Trejo

Nancy Trejo

Officer

My passion for dogs started when I was very young growing up with Yorkshire Terriers. I was always the one to feed them, walk them and wanted them to always be by my side. As an adult, my first dog was my German Shepherd Roman (11 years now) and that followed shortly by my female Boxer Chloe (9.5 years now) and from that moment on I fell head over heels in love with the Boxer Breed. Now I have a 2nd Boxer, Dexter (1 year) and my passion has grown deeper.

I began volunteering with Boxer Rescue in 2014 doing most of the intake for all dogs coming into rescue. I love being behind the computer so this was a perfect role for me. I joined Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue in August of 2016 with the same role and have never felt so empowered or fully part of an organization as I feel with WHBR. It is the most amazing feeling to be part of this rescue that is saving Boxers every day and providing them with new fur-ever homes. To also be part of such an experienced and dedicated group of people has been so uplifting
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I am extremely humbled and very honored now be on the Board of Directors for Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue. I know we will continue to do great things for Boxers and I am very excited for the future and being part of WHBR as we continue to thrive. Giving Boxers a loving fur-ever home is the ultimate goal.

Teri Stripes

Teri Stripes

Officer

I am honored to serve on the rescue’s board of directors. Since being offered the opportunity to assist in growing this organization, I’ve been amazed at how well we done and how far we’ve come. Board members have the wonderful opportunity to provide leadership and direction to the kind hearted, helpful volunteers who all show up everyday to make a difference. My background in founding, growing, and managing non-profit organizations and volunteers will be put to good use. I have volunteered and worked in clinics, shelters, and veterinary product sales. I have successfully founded, staffed, volunteered, grown, served as a board member, and grant writer for over a dozen organizations; in addition, to some not so successful. For nearly, twenty years I professionally raised, showed, bred, and sold locally and internationally Exotic and Persian Cats. Today, my husband and I have fallen head over heals in love with our boxers and we enjoy lending our time and experience to this wonderful organization and boxers in need.

John Fuller

John Fuller

Officer

My first dog as a child taught me about unconditional love and the special bond between a boy & his dog. In the days before leash laws, he would walk me to school each day, wait in the schoolyard all day and then walk with me home. He set me up for a lifelong love affair with these wonderful companions & family members. In 2000, I rescued a shelter dog, not even realizing which breeds he was comprised of. I quickly began to fall in love with all of his playful quirks, athleticism and endearing traits, so I researched and figured out he was a boxer mix. What he taught me was that I was head-over-heels in love with this breed & that I would have boxers in my family for the rest of my life! Today, I am very fortunate to be able to live my passion working with & saving these wigglebutts that we love so much. And, I get to do this with a wonderful family of dedicated, selfless, tireless volunteers here at Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue. As this rescue strives to meet its primary objective of saving as many boxers as possible, we are also proving that many other intangible qualities can shine through, such as respect, integrity, grace, and positivity. Owners surrendering their dogs are shown compassion and respect. Dogs with terminal illnesses are brought in so that they may be shown as much as love as is humanly possible during their final days. Volunteers regularly go above and beyond not only for the dogs, but also for the other volunteers. There is a great deal to be excited and passionate about here at Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue and I am extremely proud and honored to be a part of this inspirational rescue team.

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