The Boxer Rescue

Adoption Process

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The Boxer Rescue

Adoption Process

The final step in rescue is to find our boxers their “forever” homes.  Could you be the next forever home for one of our boxers?  Rescuing is both rewarding and admirable.  Most of our boxers have had a tough time through no fault of their own, and are looking for a fresh start with a loving family.  At TBRI, we do our best to make sure that our boxers never again find themselves in need of a home and we take great pride in our adoption process from start to finish.

Three easy steps….

1) Once your application is submitted

You will receive a phone call from one of our volunteers within 48-72 hours.  If you do not hear from someone, you are welcome to email us at .  During your phone interview, our volunteer will discuss more about why you want to adopt a boxer, and answer any questions you might have about our rescue.  Your references will also be contacted, including your vet reference.

2) After your phone interview is complete

We will arrange a home visit.  This is an important step and we require that ALL family members (fur and human) be present.  If you have a dog, our volunteer will come with his/her personal dog to see how your dog responds to having a visitor.  

3) Once your home visit is complete

We will be in touch to let you know if you are an “approved adopter”.  If you’ve been matched to a dog, we will begin the process of making that boxer a permanent member of your family.  If there are no boxers that are a match for your family, we ask that you be patient. We are always rescuing boxers, so one is bound to come along that is a perfect fit.  You are welcome to maintain communication with us during this waiting period.

Frequently Asked Questions
Adoption Service Area

Please note, APPLICANTS MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD and MUST reside in MA, ME, RI, NH, or CT. Be sure the application is filled out in its entirety. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Where do your boxers come from?

Many of our boxers are owner surrenders. Perhaps the owner purchased the dog on impulse, not understanding the needs of a boxer. Sometimes, financial situations change, and families are not able to care for the dog anymore. We also take dogs that have been brought to shelters around New England. If a shelter reaches out  for help, we do our best to find placement for the boxer in need.  All of our boxers are temperament tested and evaluated before coming into rescue. It should be noted that ALL dogs require a decompression period when going to a new home. Even the sweetest, most loveable boxer experiences fear and confusion during transitional times and foster/adoptive homes need to be conscious and respectful of this.

Can I adopt a female dog if I already have a female dog?

The short answer is no. Our experience in placing dogs, has shown us that placing two females together is oftentimes not the best long term situation. We receive many calls from owners needing to surrender their female boxers because there is fighting with another female dog in the house. Sometimes it’s with another boxer and sometimes, it’s with another breed. Either way, the fighting is often brutal and bloody. We have adopted a policy to never place two female dogs in the same house.

Are your boxers healthy?

Before adoption, our dogs are healthy to the best of our vets’ knowledge. They are brought up to date on vaccines, tested for heartworm, and spayed or neutered (unless too young or not medically able to be). We also send our boxers with one month of heartworm and flea/tick prevention to get them started. Their vet records are provided upon adoption.

Do I need to have a fenced in yard to adopt a boxer?

We do not require a fenced in yard for all of our boxers. However, there are certain circumstances where a fence may be required and it will be noted in the boxer’s bio. We look at each dog, individually, and based on the needs of that dog, we may require fencing. Please note that we do not consider an electric fence to be a proper method of containment and are not able place a dog in a home that uses electric fencing.

Do you have a shelter where I can come meet the boxers?

We are not a shelter and do not have a physical location where you can meet our adoptees. Most boxers will stay with their owners or shelter until we can secure a foster or adoptive home for them. Our boxers from Puerto Rico, are flown here once we’ve secured homes for them.

What Are Your Adoption Fees?

Puppies – $450.00

Dogs – 6 months and older $400.00

Dogs – 7 years and older $150.00

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There are many costs involved in running the rescue, including veterinary care, transportation, food, vaccinations, spaying, neutering, flea/tick, and heartworm preventative.  In some cases, surrendered dogs require surgery which we, as a rescue, pay for. Sometimes, we get emergency pleas from owners or shelters about a dog in urgent need of medical treatment.  We do not turn dogs away, but it’s not always easy to cover the costs of the medical emergencies that arise.   All of our dogs are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, brought up to date on their vaccinations (rabies and distemper), tested for heartworm, Lyme disease, and have a fecal test to check for parasites/worms.    Our adopters receive flea/tick preventative and heartworm preventative for one month.

The money we receive from adoption donations barely covers the cost associated with rescuing dogs.    The average cost of an adult canine exam including vaccinations, fecal test, bloodwork and heartworm test is $200.00.   Spays and neuters cost between $125.00 and $475.00.  Often times we rescue a dog that costs us far more than the adoption fee covers.

–  Puppies from 10 weeks old to 6 months old – $450.00 with the adopter being responsible for the cost to spay or neuter the puppy.   We do offer our puppy parents the option of having their pups spayed or neutered at one of our vets for a lower cost.   Spaying and neutering is mandatory and we require proof.

– 6 months and older –  $400.00.

-Senior Boxer (7 years old +) –  $150.00. 

We look forward to speaking with you!  

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 Grafton, MA 01519


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Generally speaking, boxers have an affinity for children and for the elderly. Most can recognize the need to be more calm and gentle with certain people.  However, some have no idea how big and strong they are and could accidentally knock over a small child or senior adult. Please consider ALL family members when looking to welcome a boxer into your home.