Boxers Left at Home After Owner Passes; Rescuers Race To Find Foster Before Eviction

In San Jose, California, dog rescuer Dan Martinez is always busy. The former battle rapper runs the local rescue organization Adopt My Block, which helps South Bay dogs find homes and connects low-income pet parents with vital resources.

Boxers Left at Home After Owner Passes

On January 23, Dan learned about a pair of dogs who were in desperate need of finding somewhere to stay. The Boxers were in a heartbreaking situation: their dad had recently passed away, and they were stuck living alone in his apartment. With the man’s family on the other side of the country, Adopt My Block came up with a short-term plan. The dogs could stay in the apartment until they have somewhere to go–but only until the end of the month.

Abe & Izzy’s Race Against the Clock

Boxers Left at Home After Owner Passes

After hearing about these two Boxers, Dan wasted no time sharing them with his rescue’s followers. The boys are already set to find their second forever home–they’re fixed, potty trained, and up-to-date on all vaccines–but there’s zero doubt that the bonded pair is missing their dad. 

Boxers Left at Home After Owner Passes

The older dog is a brown Boxer named Israel, or Izzy. He’s about 10 years old and is a bit less active than his 3-year-old brother, Abraham. Abe is an all-white Boxer with a perfectly pink snout. Both dogs weigh about 60 pounds. The duo hasn’t had experience around other dogs or cats before, but they are wonderful with people of all ages–even children!

Boxers Left at Home After Owner Passes

These friendly, independent boys have been doing well in the apartment by themselves (with frequent check-ins, of course), but they ultimately faced a deadline. They needed to find a foster before February 3, or they would go to the shelter. As the days ticked by, Dan repeatedly shared the dogs’ story in hopes of finding them a safe, temporary place to stay. 

Giving Dogs a Place to Grieve

On February 1, days before the deadline, two separate parties stepped forward to help. Someone offered to foster the two grieving dogs! There was, in fact, a family member in the area who agreed to foster, too, so Abe and Izzy’s short-term future is no longer in question. This is great news for these friendly dogs!

Boxers Left at Home After Owner Passes

“Oh my goodness they are the sweetest boys ever,” Dan explained after meeting them. “Very much people dogs. Their owner loved them very much. You could tell they were his life.” Needless to say, these devoted dogs are incredibly lost without him. 

Even so, it’s reassuring to know that these boys will be able to rest and recoup somewhere safe. They’ll eventually be in the market for a forever home, but for now, letting them decompress is what matters most. Dan explained that the plan is to have Abe neutered (Izzy gets to skip this procedure because of his old age) and then to see how the boys do apart. Finding them a home together would be perfect, but two forever homes would be better than none. 

Boxers Left at Home After Owner Passes

If you’d like to know more about these Bay Area dogs and when they’ll be ready for adoption, make sure to keep up with Adopt My Block on Facebook and Instagram.

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