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Our focus is MEDICAL, LOCAL, and we take animals of all ages, including seniors. We do not scout or transport puppies and kittens from outside the county or the state in order to boost our "inventory." If there are cute little puppies and kittens in our care, they were either BORN in our care due to us saving a pregnant animal, or they were abandoned/orphaned, facing euthanasia at a shelter, and/or needing medical attention. We help the animals that are overlooked -- the older, the broken, the not-so-popular -- we fix them medically, we nurture for behaviors, and we seek out the most special forever homes for them. That is why we truly are their LAST CHANCE AT LIFE.
In approximately 2006, animal lover and advocate Lisa Hamilton founded a small rescue called "Boxers 'N Birds Rescue." Being the hospital administrator for North County’s premier veterinary hospital, she would often come into contact with people surrendering their pets for various medical reasons. Having a strong fondness for exotic birds and the Boxer breed, she would often take these surrenders into her own care, get them fixed up with whatever medical repairs were needed, and she’d find them new forever homes - hence the name "Boxers 'N Birds."
While our emphasis in the beginning was on Boxers, we now take in canines of all breeds and also birds. We save and find homes for between 150 to 170 animals each year. We have an adoption center/kennel facility in Oceanside, which has the capability to house up to 14 large-breed dogs and 6-8 small-breed dogs, with indoor and outdoor runs for daytime/nighttime. We work hard to place as many of our dogs into foster homes as we can but good foster homes are hard to find. The kennel facility allows us to rescue and house dogs until we can find them a foster - or that permanent adoptive home. While there, they are cared for throughout the day by our team of amazing volunteers. Our birds are housed with fosters until we find permanent placement for them.