The Boxer Rescue

Available Boxers

Adoption Service Area

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

Meet Kayo 🐾 5 YRS 🐾 M

Kayo is ready for his forever home! We aren’t sure how this gorgeous, sealed brindle beauty, has had little to no interest.
Kayo is almost 5 years old. He’s the perfect blend of playful, silly, boxer energy, and stellar napping partner. Kayo loves going for walks, and enjoying all that he didn’t get to enjoy before rescue, due to being crated for 12-14 hours every day. He’s friendly to everyone he meets, out and about, and is not reactive to other dogs. He just wants to be the mayor of Kayo Town.

This boy is soaking in all the beauty that is around him. When he arrived in foster, it was clear he was craving structure, consistency, and lots of attention. Now that he knows all of that is readily available to him, he’s a different boy. Kayo is pure joy! He is the goodest boy when he goes to the vet, loves to run and play, and will most definitely be an amazing addition to a home that’s missing the love of a boxer.
Kayo isn’t looking to spend his days all alone. He’s been there, done that, and it sucked. It’s why he’s with us. He would love his humans to want to spend time with him and want him around. He’s so full of so much awesome potential and is patiently waiting for that special someone to see what we see in him… PERFECTION!!! And he’s got a very boopable nose!

OTHER DOGS? Possibly a sweet boxer girl. He’s an attention hog and that can cause issues for some dogs. So, he’d need savvy humans with the patience and ability to help him adjust.
KIDS? 10ish +
FENCED IN YARD? Not necessary but he does love the freedom to run and play in his foster’s fenced in yard. It’s really more important to us that Kayo be walked and socialized outside of the home.

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Meet Kiara 🐾 2 YRS 🐾 F


I took a ride to meet this beauty for myself. We’ve not had any interest in her, so I went to get new photos and get a feel for her personality.
First thing… she’s GORGEOUS! Soooo beautiful!
She barked a little bit from the safety of her porch area, but I was able to approach and we were fast friends. She didn’t jump up at all. I brought some treats, and after my selection got 4 paws up, she gently took them from my hand.
I was curious about her energy level and if the boxer sass was within her. It is! She got playful, play bowed, and jumped up a bit when I got her going. She would very easily knock someone over if they aren’t firmly planted and ready for her. She responded when asked to stop.
I took Kiara for a little walk to see how she does on leash. Walking is not really in her wheelhouse. Her owners admit to not walking her. She doesn’t know what to do. She pulled, sat down, laid down, sniffed, repeat. It was a foreign concept to her.

Kiara is young, at a little over 2 years. She’s a big girl… solid, strong, and in great shape. Her family wants more for her. She’s living in a home with children, multiple dogs, and cats. The children make her uncomfortable, she doesn’t fare well with the other dogs (the female especially), and doesn’t like the cat. There’s a lot going on with shuffling dogs around, and trying to focus on the children, and it causes stress for the humans and the dogs.

We would like to get Kiara into a foster home, preferably a foster to adopt, where we can really get a feel for her true personality, outside of the bubble she’s living in. Her time is spent rotating from the yard to the crate, for the most part, with not much socialization beyond that. We need to get her spayed and will do that at one of our vets once we have her settled in foster.
Her owner says she’s not comfortable around young children. So, NO KIDDOS for Kiara. Teens and older are ok. I spoke to her owner about the resource guarding that was mentioned. Kiara doesn’t love to share toys with the resident dogs. And she wasn’t comfortable when one of the children went to feed her in her crate. Her human issues with resource guarding have occurred with the young children in the home around her food. I didn’t witness any of this. So I can’t speak to the details. I can say that she took treats from me, and I was able to pick the dropped treats off the ground while she was eating them, without issue. It’s just something to keep in mind, and be aware of. But we are NOT PLACING HER WITH KIDS OR OTHER PETS, to ensure her success.

She’s very sweet, playful, and beautiful. She lacks a bit of confidence outside the comfort of her home/yard. Once she’s getting lots of attention away from the stress of other dogs and little humans, Kiara will shine. We just need someone committed to getting her started on her new chapter.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Adoption Service Area

Please note, APPLICANTS MUST BE 21 YEARS OLD and MUST reside in MA, 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. Lastly, we have a wonderful relationship with boxer rescue in Puerto Rico, and we work closely with them to bring boxers in need, from the island, to New England. 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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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.