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.

Updated June 11, 2019

Featured Adoptees

Meet Cooper 🐾 5yrs 🐾 Male

If this mug doesn’t scream KISS ME, then you need to have your eyes checked!  5 year old Cooper is a big lovable goofball.  He is coming back into the program as he is not getting along with the other dog in the home.   He absolutely loves people and does great with people coming into the house. He is fine in the crate at night, and when his people are not at home.  Cooper walks pretty well on leash but, needs to work on how to respond when there is another dog in sight.  He’s super treat and food motivated, so it helps to walk with treats to keep him focused on you in the event another dog comes along. Bottom line is Cooper is a giant muffin head who loves attention from his people and all people in the general public. His size can be a bit intimidating and he is very strong, but he means no harm. We are looking to place Cooper as an ONLY PET. We will consider a family with children over 12 years.  If you are interested in Cooper, please fill out an adoption application.

Meet Daphne 🐾 3yrs 🐾 Female

This beautiful girl is 3 years old and is coming into the program because she is not getting along with one of the 5 dogs in her current home. Daphne has been in her current home for 6 months and prior to that she lived with an elderly person who was unable to care for her. Daphne seems to be the instigator with the scuffles she’s having, so we will be looking to her place her as an only dog for now. She has no history with cats or children, so no cats for this girl and no young kiddos.  She is very sweet and loves everyone she meets. Daphne will need to work on some basic commands, as she likes to pull a little on walks and LOVES to jump. She would benefit greatly from a class or 2 at doggie school. She is crate trained and is used to having a fenced in yard. If you are interested in this beautiful girl, please fill out an adoption application.

Meet Ali 🐾 12yrs 🐾 Male

My name is Ali and I am 12 years young. I was brought into a shelter when my owner moved away and couldn’t take me. The shelter just neutered me and removed a large mass, so I’m here, recovering from surgery, waiting for someone to want to take me “home”. I am not a couch potato. In fact, I have the energy of a pup and could benefit from a bit of obedience 101. I am beyond sweet, very friendly, very loveable, and very ready to get out of here and start exploring the world around me. I want to take walks, smell all the smells, lay in the sun, maybe eat some grass, chase a squirrel, and pee on a hydrant. I want to do all those fun dog things. Right now, everyone’s thinking I should be placed as an only dog because I have no manners when I meet other 4 legged friends, and I might end up getting myself hurt. But, the shelter and the people at TBRI will do a few more tests with other dogs and see if things change.

So, if you’re looking for the best old man on the planet, here I am!! I’ve got lots of life left in me and I am ready to live each moment to the fullest. Fill out an application if you want to take me home. I’m waiting!

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Meet Turk 🐾 1.5yrs 🐾 Male

Turk is a 1 ½ year old boxer boy who is super energetic, super sweet, and extra super handsome. He’s so much goodness wrapped into a bundle of boxer, but he isn’t a boxer for just anyone. You see, Turk can be fearful of people and it’s not always easy to know who will make him scared. Could be the fed ex guy, maybe the pizza delivery person, maybe the UPS driver. Turk is currently in a wonderful home and they adore and love him very much, but it’s a busy home with lots of kids coming and going and lots of activities. For Turk, it’s just not the best place to be on a forever basis. Turk LOVES other dogs and when another dog is around, people don’t seem to scare him so much. He tends to look to the other, more confident dog, for reassurance and guidance. So, we 100% want to place him in a home with another dog. He would likely do best in a home that is not bustling with a ton of activity… one where kids and teens are not in and out all the time. Turk has had some formal training and he’s a fast learner. His new family should plan on continuing some positive based training with him and keep him moving onward and upward. Turk is full of potential. You can just see it in his eyes. We just need to find that person(s) who has the time and patience to help him shine. Turk is neutered and current on all of his vaccinations. If you are interested in him, please fill out an application.

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Meet Stella 🐾 3yrs 🐾 Female

Meet Miss Sweet as Sugar STELLA!!! She is 3 years old and coming into rescue because she is fighting with the female dogs in her home. Stella is very loved and well socialized. She enjoys car rides, long walks, and time with her humans. Stella does have a low grade heart murmur, that is not causing her any issues, but it is worth noting given that she is a boxer. We will be placing Stella as an only pet at this time.  She would likely do best with children over 10 years old, but we will consider younger if the situation is right for her. If you are interested in Stella, please fill out an adoption application.

Meet Nikita 🐾 2.5yrs 🐾 Female


Miss Happy Pants from Puerto Rico is 2.5 years old, spayed, and as you can see, very beautiful. She is reportedly good with other dogs, enjoys meeting people, and would be ok with kids over 10. She will need work on leash walking and is not crate trained. If you are interested in Nikita, please fill out an adoption application.

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.