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 Bailey 🐾 13MNTH 🐾 F


13 month old, Bailey is coming into rescue because there are issues between her and another resident female boxer. Fights are happening, resulting in injuries to both dogs. This is why we DO NOT place females together.
Bailey is very sweet, current on vaccines, and spayed.  She has been ok with male boxers so we will consider placing her with a sweet boy, who loves to play.
Bailey has no history with young children. We will consider kids 10ish +
No cats for her.

She is currently taking Prozac and Trazadone at the advice of a trainer who claimed it would help to keep her from panting in her crate. Shame on this vet who willy nilly dished out these drugs to a 13 month old dog, without asking why!!   Shameful!!

Bailey needs a committed home, with an understanding of the needs of an adolescent boxer. She should attend positive based training with her new humans. Bailey would love a fenced in yard, in addition to lots of walks and continued socialization.

If you are interested in this girl, please apply!

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Meet Luna🐾 2YRS 🐾 F

Luna will be 2 years old in December and she's looking to hit the "reset" button and get a new start in life.  Her current family doesn't have the time to devote to her needs and would like us to find a home more suited for Luna. 
The issue that seems to be the biggest stressor for her family is that she gets out of the house and goes after neighborhood dogs.  Kids in the house are not closing the door and she's scooting out.  She doesn't attack dogs but she's a nuisance and the family can no longer deal with it. 
Luna has not been socialized with other dogs outside of the male that she lives with and one other dog.  She doesn't know how to greet other dogs and her "run after them at full tilt" is going to get her into a lot of trouble.  Luna's family sent her away to a board and train to help curb this reactivity.  Our rescue is against any sort of board and train and we feel very strongly that training is a journey that families should walk WITH their dog.  There is no magic potion or quick fix.   We'd like to see Luna in a home where she can be exposed to some positive based training to help her be the best version of herself.

She is reportedly friendly with new people, after a dose of barking and alerting of stranger danger.  She is VERY jumpy.  She is fearful at the vet and will cower.  Luna lives with kids 12+ and has been great with their friends coming and going.  She is crate trained but isn't home for long hours during the day. 

Our volunteer met Luna and while she is quite the barker and can appear and sound intimidating, she is quick to welcome lots of pets and attention.
It seems like her family is just not able to meet her needs.  She's a young boxer, which means she's got lots of energy.  We think that Luna has lots of potential.  She needs to start over with humans that can commit to her and accompany her on the training adventure.  She's got a bit of dog reactivity going on, likely the result of not being properly socialized. 
We will place Luna as an ONLY DOG, so she can be the center of someone's world and learn how to shine on her own.  We feel that with proper intros, some positive based training, patience, time, and a confident human, she could make friends with some puppers. 

OTHER DOGS? Not at this time
KIDS? 12+
MEDICAL? Current on vaccines and spayed.
TRAINING? Positive based training will be required for Luna and her new humans. 

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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.