A 501(C)3 Non-Profit Organization Serving New England

The Boxer Rescue

We are a group of volunteers, dedicated to finding loving forever homes for unwanted, abandoned, and surrendered Boxers. Our rescue works within Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. We strive to not only save boxers, but to educate the public about responsible dog ownership, the importance of spaying and neutering, and how to best meet the needs of this amazing breed.


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The Boxer Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the New England area.  Our group is made up of dedicated volunteers. These are the people who care for the homeless, abused and unwanted boxers because they have a love and passion for the breed and believe they all deserve a second chance. 

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The Boxer Rescue could not exist without donations from people like you. Many of our dogs coming into rescue require expensive medical treatment before they can be placed in their “forever” homes. The adoption donation is often not sufficient to cover all of the expenses.   Since The Boxer Rescue is solely operated on a volunteer basis, funding is always tight; therefore, your donation small or large will go a long way in helping our dogs in need. 


Featured Adoptees

Meet Rocco 🐾 17 month 🐾 Male

-Name: Rocco
-Age: approximately 517 days
-Sex: not having any
-Relationship Status: single and not going to mingle
-Employment Status: Unemployed and freeloading off his foster mom.
-Dream Job: CEO Quality Control all things couches
-Volunteer positions: Self appointed President of Neighborhood Watch and Self Appointed President of BAB (Boxers Against Booties)
-Ideal Saturday Night: dinner by the fire, followed by snuggles under the covers
-Favorite Movie: any romantic comedy with Hugh Grant brings out his sappy side
-Favorite Sports Team: New England Patriots. He can often be found rocking Pats swag and cursing at the TV when their offense fails to do anything right.
-Loves: long walks on the beach, sunsets, bedtime stories, beef jerky, fleece blankets, cotton blankets, electric blankets, sherpa, the Sunday paper, and rural life.
-Dislikes - cold weather, tax season, black Friday, other dogs, when strangers approach him outside of his home, riff raff on his front lawn, city life.
-Love Language: Belly rubs

Before Rescue : Rocco came to us from a situation where he was not well socialized and was being repeatedly attacked by another resident dog.
After Rescue : He has been in foster care for a month or so and doing very well. We have discovered that he is not a fan of other dogs and very reactive on leash. He also is not comfortable with strangers approaching him outisde of his home.
His ideal home: Rocco's ideal home would have a large, fenced in yard for him to run and play in. He would be an only pet where he will be spoiled rotten, allowed to cuddle on the couch and under any covers he wants. There would be no young kids in his home. He would not do well in a busy, city type environment, but would likely thrive in a more rural/country setting where he can take long walks and not be bombarded with tons of dogs and strange people all the time. Rocco's ideal human would have some boxer experience, patience, and dedication to the breed. His "issues", as a result of his past, would not be seen as a negative. His new human would see all the good things that he brings to the table and be willing to work with him for as long as it takes. It might be a lifetime of management, but it will be a lifetime well spent and well worth it. He is loyal, he is loving, he is smart. He's the perfect fit for a perfect someone out there.

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Meet Tigger 🐾 5 YR 🐾 Male

Tigger is 5 years old and looking for a new home due to a divorce situation. He’s very loved and very attached to his “mom. The decision to surrender him is beyond difficult, but has to happen.
Tigger is quite nervous and shy around men. A sorority house is what he’s looking for... bring on the ladies. He’s lived with children so we can consider a home with kids over 10. Tigger visits the dog park with his mom and seems to enjoy other dogs, but she feels he would prefer to be an only pet at home.
We aren’t sure how Tigger is going to tolerate being separated from his mom. His new home has got to understand that the transition could be hard for him. In reading the notes from his vet, there is mention of him being muzzled and taken very carefully and slowly from the family, just to give you an idea. He was fine once removed. He’s also been boarded and was fine once removed from the family. So, there’s hope... he just needs patience, structure, and a great distraction, such as exercise. He’s got to keep his mind moving forward.
Other dogs? Not to live with
Cats? No
Kids? 10+
Men? Not a fan of. Makes him nervous.

Meet Melvin 🐾 9 month 🐾 Male

**Pending Adoption **

Meet the marvelous Melvin! He is 9 months old and full of typical boxer energy. Melvin is super sweet, very smart, food motivated, and ready to learn. He will need to attend some basic training to help get him on track to being the bestest boy on the planet. He currently lives with another dog and there are some issues around resource guarding. We will consider placing him with a sweet female ONLY IF there are no young children in the home and if the adopter is willing and able to manage any resource guarding that may arise. That means being aware of high value items such as bones and human food that may be a trigger.
If placed as an only dog, which is totally fine, we will consider placing Melvin with young kids. He's a bit jumpy, so the kids need to be sturdy and not spiral into cry town if they are knocked down. He's a young dog and needs a bit of positive guidance.
Melvin is neutered and UTD on his vaccines. He is crate trained and house broken.
Remember, he's a young boxer... needs LOTS of exercise. He will not do well left alone all day in a crate while his humans work.
OTHER DOGS? Female considered, but see above regarding the resource guarding
KIDS? Older if placed with another dog. Will consider younger kids if he's placed as an only.
TRAINING? Will be required by the rescue

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Meet Max 🐾 10 MNTH 🐾 Male


Oh boy!!! Here he comes... Batten down the hatches!!! It’s Max and he’s ready to tear it up in the best boxer way possible. This 10 month boy spends a lot of time alone and isn’t getting the exercise he needs. So, we are looking for a home that will be able to offer him a s*%t ton of exercise, followed by a s*%t ton more exercise.
Good old Max the man is crate trained, house broken, current on his vaccines and he’s minus two balls. Soooo.. he’s good to go!
Like to take walks? Great... he’s your guy. Just be prepared to spend time teaching him how to walk. Right now, he’s rocking maybe a D- in that class. Max is a perfect candidate for higher education. It will benefit him greatly!
As you can see, he’s got an A+ in the looks department. That face says “move over... I want the couch and a paw massage”
We’d like to see Max placed in a home with a fenced in yard. He thinks he’s Dora the Explorer and got himself hit by a car a while back. His front leg is worth 50 million dollars now and he’s good as new. We’d like to make sure he stays that way.
Other dogs? Female ok
Cats? Nope
Kids? 10+ (open for discussion but no toddlers)
Training? Hell to the yeah
Fenced in yard? Please

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Meet Sunny 🐾 1 YR 🐾 Male


This ray of sunshine has quite a fitting name... Sunny will celebrate his first birthday next week! He’s a total love and as cute as they come. Sunny’s family doesn’t have the time to devote to a young boxer, so they turned to us to help find him a family who can best meet his needs. Sunny is oozing boxer energy and would love love love a fenced in yard where he can run like the wind. He’d make a great walking, running, or hiking partner and may want to continue on, long after you’ve thrown in the towel. He’s still working on housebreaking but getting better. He would thrive in a home where he’s not alone for long periods of time. He needs some positive based training especially when it comes to greeting people. Right now, he’s taking the in your face kangaroo approach and it’s not always fun to be on the receiving end of the overzealous hello. Sunny is a puller on leash, but a front clip harness and a lot of practice will curb that behavior. We know he’s a very willing student!
Sunny could be placed with a young female dog, who shares his zest for life. His energy level could throw an older dog over the edge.
No cats.
Due to his jumpy behavior, no little kids, but we will consider older, more sturdy kiddos.
Sunny will be neutered once he comes into rescue.
Other dogs? Young female considered
Cats? No
Kids? No toddlers but we would consider older
Fence? Yes
Training? Will be required

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What We Do

Ways to Help

Adopt A Boxer

We often have many beautiful boxers in need of forever homes. From puppies to seniors, they all deserve their happily ever after. Keep an open mind and an open heart, and you just might find your best friend.


Foster a Boxer

Foster homes are a critical piece of our rescue puzzle and enable us to learn as much as we can about the boxers that come to us before being placed in forever homes.


We are always in need of volunteers. Do as little or as much as you want to help us, help them.


In order to continue to save the lives of beautiful boxers, we need funding help from the public. Please consider making a tax deductible donation in honor of your love for the breed.

The Boxer Rescue

Our Mission

Our goal is to promote responsible dog ownership, provide support to boxer owners, inform the public about the needs, qualities and characteristics of the boxer breed, and to be a positive presence in the boxer rescue community.  

Get Involved

If you would like to help The Boxer Rescue, please consider making a monetary donation.  The Boxer Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. No donation is ever too small to help a boxer dog in need.

Upcoming Events

Pet Rock

September 8 🐾 12pm

Wyman Gordon


September 21 🐾 11am – 4pm
Hudson Elks Pavilion

Boxer Bash

 October 6  🐾  11am-3pm
Hopkinton State Park


Boxer Adoption Notes

Why Two Female Dogs May Not Be the Best Combination

If you find yourself considering this sort of same-sex adoption scenario, think again. As cute and playful same-sex sibling puppies are, chances are that once they mature, they will engage in some serious discussions that could turn bloody.

Is the boxer the right breed for you?

Boxers are forever puppies.  They seem to never to “grow up”. So be prepared to deal with puppy behavior until they are around 3-4 years old.  They require a lot of exercise and stimulation.  Multiple long walks a day will help tire them out, and we all know that a “tired boxer is a good boxer”.