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.

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Our Adoptees

Meet Duke 🐾 7 YRS 🐾 M

Who out there, had a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal as a kid? Don't pretend you didn't....

I'm here to tell you that we've got a real life, living and breathing teddy bear just waiting for his forever home! His name is Duke and he's the perfect combination of marshmallows and chocolate. He's like a S'more, but without the dry graham cracker part. He's just so flipping cute and so cuddly and so sweet and so perfect! And he gives the best kisses... Even better than your significant other if you have one. If you don't have a significant other, know that Duke gives better kisses than anyone who could potentially be your significant other. Like if you set up a kissing booth and put him in it, you'd be a millionaire in one afternoon.

This boy was left at shelter. We don't know why... Some story was given, but we're calling BS on the whole thing. It really doesn't matter. He was left there, and he became very stressed and scared. Thank God his stay was short, and we were able to get him into a foster home before he shut down completely.

Duke falls in love really hard and really fast. He is all about his human. Not much else matters in his world, except his human. So, basically, if you adopt Duke, you will never ever ever ever ever be alone. Need to pee? Duke will be by your side for support. Number 2? He's there for that, too. Smell don't bother this dude. Showering? He'll make sure you don't slip and fall. Cooking dinner? He'll be at your feet. Lounging on the couch? Make room because he will absolutely be there with you. Work from home? Hope your boss doesn't mind a boxer face on your Zoom calls. Before you know it he'll be helping you prepare PowerPoint presentations and will earn "Employee of the Month" for all his hard work and perfect attendance on Zoom.

Duke deserves everything wonderful that this world has to offer. He deserves sunny spots to lay in, comfy couches to nap on, car rides to Starbucks for Puppachinos, walks at sunset, green grass to roll in, and a warm lap to rest his head on. He deserves to never feel abandoned or alone again. His trust was a bit broken and it's taking him some time to realize that he's safe now. He needs a family to spoil him so rotten.... SOOOOOO rotten.

Duke's foster mom dog tested him, and while he did ok, she has made it very very clear, that it's the humans that bring him the most joy and comfort. We will consider placing him with an OLDER female dog... One who isn't crazy energetic and all up in his biz, as he's not a fan of that nonsense. But, if you are currently dogless and have been searching for a spectacular older, gray faced, snuggle muffin, he is RIGHT HERE!! Look no further... APPLY NOW!

We want Duke to have human company during the day. That attention and comfort fuels his old man soul. Being alone will hurt his heart. Plus, why would anyone want to leave this guy alone? He's the type of dog you want to put in your pocket and carry with you all day, except that he's big and won't really fit, so that's not possible.

If you look at him and think "He's too old... I don't want an old dog".... Then you're just plain missing out on pure love. You're missing out on the opportunity to fill your own heart with more joy than you ever thought possible. You're missing out the best of the best... a senior dog!

AGE - 7 years

OTHER DOGS? Possibly ok with a calm, quiet older female.


KIDS? 12+ as we have no history

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Meet Jax 🐾 4 YRS 🐾 M

Y'all gon' make me lose my mind

Up in here, up in here

Y'all gon' make me go all out

Up in here, up in here

My name is Jax and that is my theme song. I'm a little bit losing my mind cause I'm soooo bored. Dear lord, someone exercise me, so I can be a better man. I'm 4 years old, and right now, I'm spending too much time alone. I've gotten pretty good at chewing rugs, hot wiring cars, and laundering money. Hey... a guy needs to do something to keep busy. I'm kind of hoping that those volunteers who came to evaluate me were like some sort of intervention and I'm going to be whisked away to boxer rehab, where the days consist of loooooooooong walks, yummy treats for doing good things, and more human attention that I can wiggle a nub at.

I live with my brother, who is also in need of boxer rehab. We've chatted and we understand that it might be best for us to part ways, so that we can stop being bad influences on each other. I admit, together, we are a lot. We even pulled a human down to the ground on a walk. #knowyourownstrength That might have been the straw that broke that weird camel's back.

Anyhoooooo... If there's someone out there, willing to work with me and get me back to hangin with the right crowd, so I can make better life decisions, that would be sweet. It really is exhausting being bored all the time. I would much rather a confident human guide me and tell me what I need to be doing. I love food and I'm super motivated. So, fill your pockets with hot dogs or cheese and I'll follow your butt to the ends of the earth. Trust me, I'm ready to learn!

You have to reach out to the rescue if you're interested in me, so they can see what you bring to the table.

Definitely NO OTHER PETS.... I need all the attention and focus on me so I can learn how to be even more amazing than I already am.

NO YOUNG KIDS ... I'm strong. It's just how I'm made. Also, I did pull a human to the ground, so there's that. Sorry. Not sorry.

Please, if you apply, be an active person. I cannot sit around and do nothing for one more second ( see theme song at beginning)

I need to move.. I need to shake what my momma gave me. I need to experience life. I need to eat ice cream and visit the Great Wall of China and climb Everest and see Paris and fly over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. I need to do ALL THE THINGS!! ALL OF THEM! Who's in???????????

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Meet Opey 🐾 4 YRS 🐾 M

Opey... AKA Baby Shark, AKA Bulldozer, AKA Hippo on the Loose... is 4 years old and coming into rescue with his brutha from anotha mutha because they are just toooooooo much of a good thing or not a good thing, depending on how high your tolerance level is.

Our original plan was to keep them together, but plans can change, and ours did. We feel it’s best to place them in separate homes where they can get the attention and training they need. This adorable mush face right here is oodles and noodles of potential. “Will learn for food”.... that’s his motto. His other motto is “Exercise me or I’ll eat your house”.... Both, we feel, are great words to live by. Right now, Opey spends 9+ hours in a kitchen area, all day long. That’s a lot of time for a big ole boxer to be bored out of his mind. He does not get walked or exercised, much, if at all. What we have there folks, is a recipe for disaster. We feel that in a home, where he will receive the physical and mental stimulation he sooooooo desperately craves, he will thrive. That home cannot and will not mirror where he’s coming from. So, a work from home type person, YES! A work out of the home type person, gone all day, NO! This bugaboo is going to be set up for success from day 1!

Now before you go saying “omg he’s soooooo cute” or “Honey... come see how cute... let’s get him” .... Please sit down, and ask yourself if you can meet his needs. He’s going to need walks and lots and lots of him. Those walks might be challenging at first... He might see a squirrel or another dog, and you could quickly lose whatever arm is holding the leash. Head on swivel, people!! Know what’s coming, be prepared, and hold on. Good news is he responded brilliantly to a front pull harness and was walking great with our volunteers. So he knows what to do. He just needs to do more of it! If you’re not an active person, he’s not for you. If you’re looking to drop some pandemic lock down weight, he will help.

If you’ve never trained a dog, or have no desire to commit to training a dog, he’s not for you. This boy is begging for structure and positive experiences. If you are the type to give to your dogs, not give up, or freak out over things, Opey could be a fit.

He will not be placed with other dogs, as he’s not been around other dogs, except his brother. We want him to get all the attention he’s been lacking and for him to get back on the right track.

He will not be placed with young children due to his size, strength, and ability to flatten things in his path.

A fenced in yard is not required, but a crap ton of exercise is! If you apply, and get a home visit, we may ask you to run a 5k while we are there (just kidding)

He’s perfectly perfect and he’s all things a boxer should be. He just needs to dial some of his boxerisms back a twinge.

We cannot wait to see him transform and be the best he can be.



If you feel you can be his forever home, please apply to adopt Opey

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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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September 8 🐾 12pm

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September 21 🐾 11am-4pm
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October 6 🐾 11am-3pm
Hopkinton State Park


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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.