Volunteer Spotlight

Atlanta Boxer Rescue is 100% managed and operated by volunteers. Whether fosters, transporters, application processors, event coordinators, or anything in between, we simply wouldn't exist without our dedicated volunteers. Each month in 2021, we will highlight one of these special people in a new series called Volunteer Spotlight.

Jill Jinks

Jill-Jinks

For our March volunteer spotlight, meet Jill Jinks who has been volunteering with ABR for around 7 years!

Why did you choose Atlanta Boxer Rescue to volunteer?

I love that the organization is completely volunteer – that all of the efforts (time, talents and funding) go to honoring a wonderful breed of dog.

In what area do you primarily volunteer?

I started as a foster and realized quickly that I would be foster failing on a regular basis. Currently I do temp fostering (when permanent fosters are out of town or when I pull a dog from a shelter that does not yet have a foster lined up). I also do transport (boxer buggy driver), and animal evaluations.

What do you like most about volunteering?

I love the dogs! I love the opportunity to see the animals emerge from their darkness and realize that it is all okay now. When I was fostering, I loved getting to know potential adopters and discussing the fit – what the animal needed and what the potential adopter could commit to.

What would you like people to know about Atlanta Boxer Rescue?

ABR starts and ends with its love for and commitment to the dogs. We don't shy away from the impossible. We work as a community to try and figure out how to provide a safe and loving environment for all of the Boxers we can. If we don't have the funds to do something – we go raise the money. If we don't have a permanent foster, we go recruit one. "No" is just a suggestion to us. "No" inspires us to be and do our best.

What do you do when you are not volunteering with ABR?

I am a sailor and a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia.

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Do you have pets?

Yes, I have three ABR alums – Tygger ("Tinker") Belle – the Boxer – Staffie mix that runs the house – and is my foster 'whisperer' – she lets the temp fosters know it is going to be alright. Marley (Peter Pan) – a stunningly beautiful reverse brindle – who will never grow up. He can do butt circles in a closet. He is always ready to play – as long as it is in his yard with his people. He is crazy outside his comfort zone. He works so hard to keep it together – and I am proud of him for always trying to be his best. And then there is her majesty – Shubie – the Royal Mahogony Red English Boxer. She maintains her Queen like presence – except when blueberries are involved – and then she is moving like a bull in a china shop! We also permanently temp Stevie – the blind boxer – he is a character and just bumps his way to whatever he wants….

Thank you Jill! For more information on volunteering, or to learn how you can get involved with ABR, click here!

Vicki Lee

Vicki Lee
Why did you choose Atlanta Boxer Rescue to volunteer?

My love for boxers had me following ABR on Facebook for a few years, so when I lost one of my boxer babies in September 2017, it just felt right for my next one to be a rescue. I soon began fostering and quickly found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable.

Where and how do you primarily volunteer (foster, transport, etc)?

I primarily volunteer with fostering and I am the new foster mentor for first time fosters. I also process all the foster applications and support various coordinators in the rescue with their roles.

What do you like most about volunteering?

I love the transformation that takes place once these dogs are in a foster home and begin to feel safe and loved. As fosters, we get attached and love them like our own, so we strive to find them the perfect forever home where we know they will be loved and properly cared for the rest of their lives.

What would you like people to know about Atlanta Boxer Rescue?

ABR steps up to take in any boxers in need - young, seniors, many with serious health issues, those that are broken or have been abused, some with behavioral issues. ABR spares no expense when it comes to getting these pups the medical care needed, which is why donations are always so appreciated.

What do you do when you are not volunteering with Atlanta Boxer Rescue?

Outside of volunteering with the rescue, I enjoy spending time with my pups, family and friends. My favorite kind of night is spent snuggling up on the couch with my pups watching movies.

Do you have pets? If so could you tell us about them?

I have three amazing boxers, Kobie (6 yrs) my sweet, ball obsessed, window licking goof ball; Lacey (4 yrs) my scaredy cat. She doesn't like anything out of place and will not go out the door if she sees a box/package has been delivered that she will have to pass; and Gidget (7 yrs) is my little angel on earth. The doctors referred to her as the little miracle dog after she survived an extensive obstruction surgery to remove rope and debris embedded in her intestines. All three are ABR alums, each with their own unique personalities and cute quirks that fit right into my heart and home.

MaryBeth Weintraub

MaryBeth Weintraub

Meet MaryBeth Weintraub, a volunteer with ABR for over 6 years!

Why did you choose Atlanta Boxer Rescue to volunteer?

Well for one I love the breed but after meeting another ABR volunteer in a vet's office and hearing about the rescue I decided to jump on board. I just knew by volunteering and helping to make a difference in a dos life was going to enhance my life in so many ways.

In what area do you primarily volunteer?

I volunteer in many different areas for ABR - fostering, home visits, pulling from the shelter and I enjoy every one of them. But right now I am most focused on transports and fundraising.

What do you like most about volunteering?

There is so much to love about volunteering, I love knowing that I had a small part in helping a pup get their second chance and finding the perfect loving home to live in. It just warms my heart knowing that they will always be loved and taken care of.

What would you like people to know about Atlanta Boxer Rescue?

There are so many amazing things that ABR does that I would love for people to know. First of all we are an all volunteer-based rescue that relies solely on donations. We take in dogs that are in much need of medical attention as well as some that have been owner surrendered due to an unfortunate situation with their previous family. Once the pup is vetted and medically cleared to be released we try to pair them up with the perfect fit for their temperament and needs to ensure an easy transition and a happy loving life for them.

What do you do when you are not volunteering with ABR?

When I'm not volunteering for the rescue I'm either taking care of my three boxers, working with my husband in his furniture business or working at Bagelicious where I've been for 30 years.

Do you have pets?

I have three boxers Hudson who is very loving, timid & a little skittish, he's nine. Reagan who is six and an ABR alumni, she's a delicate little girl who is super sweet and so affectionate. And then there's Elvis who's six and also an ABR alumni who is hilarious, full of energy and thinks every toy in the house is his.