An inexpensive grooming for your dog can mean a better life for a homeless boxer at the Fourth Annual Boxer Luv Rescue dog wash this Sunday, Nov. 3, at Malinda’s Pampered Pets in Ahwatukee.
Dogs of any breed or size can be brought to Malinda’s, at 4302 E. Ray Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and volunteers will wash and dry the dogs for $20. For an extra $10 a groomer will clean the dog’s ears and clip their nails. Long-haired dogs will cost an extra $5.
The event is a large fundraiser for Boxer Luv Rescue, a group completely run by volunteers that finds homes for abandoned boxers. Boxer Luv has no facility of its own and relies on foster homes to care for their dogs until they can be adopted out. All donations help with medical costs for the dogs and basic sheltering needs.
Jill Bittner, an Ahwatukee Foothills resident and Boxer Luv volunteer, said the charity usually takes in 500 to 600 dogs per year, but this year they’ve had to cut back because the dogs coming in are sicker than in previous years. This year, so far, they’ve taken in 355 dogs.
“They require longer turnaround time and we make a commitment when we bring them in that they will stay with us until we can rehabilitate them and find them a good, loving home,” Bittner said. “We’ve had to cut back the number we take in because the care is so much more intensive per dog now.”
The dogs are costing more money to treat as well. That’s why charity events like the dog wash, which usually brings in close to $2,000 each year, are so important.
“I chose to get involved in this charity because it is run so well,” said Bittner, who fosters only senior dogs for the rescue. “No one is paid for what they do. They give of their time and hearts for this. I’ve been able to teach my boys tremendous lessons about compassion and kindness and some hard lessons about how some people don’t treat their family pets very well and what a commitment means when you take on an animal… They’re just an incredible group of people and I’ve been able to pass on to my children what it means to rescue.”
Malinda’s donates the space and some staff time to help with the event each year. Long-haired dogs can be dropped off and picked up later while short-haired dogs can usually be washed while the owner waits. Reservations are not required; dogs are washed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Volunteers just ask to know how dogs behave when they’re being bathed. There will also be fresh baked goods for sale during the event.
For more information on Boxer Rescue, visit www.boxerluv.org or call (602) 214-6867.
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