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.


Featured Adoptees

Meet Coconut 🐾 6yrs 🐾 Female

Meet COCONUT!!! This 6 year old Sweetie McSweet Pants, is looking for a home that has a chill male dog for her to play with. Coconut is good with kids, walks well on leash, and is UTD on her vaccines. Her owner is moving out of the country and cannot take her, so we were happy to help find a perfect forever home for this girl. She is NOT deaf.
If you are interested in Coconut, please email us or fill out an application for her.
DOGS? Chilled out male dog would be ok

Meet Greko 🐾 15MNS 🐾 Male

Meet Greko. He’s coming to us from Puerto Rico. He’s approximately 15 months old and oozes boxer puppy energy. Greko can be placed with a sweet female boxer, but no cats.
He needs work on leash walking, as he pulls like he’s a member of the Iditarod team.
If you are interested in Greko, and can commit to the exercise, training, and structure that a young boxer needs, feel free to fill out an application.  
Other dogs? Female ok
Cats? No
Kids? 10-12+

Meet Rocco 🐾 17 month 🐾 Male

This muffin head is 17 month old Rocco. Aside from being the cutest thing on the planet, he’s also quite the lover of all things belly rubs.

Rocco came to us as an emergency surrender after being attacked by another resident boxer. It wasn’t the first attack, but it left him very banged up and full of stitches and puncture wounds. He’s healing nicely in his foster home and we’ve gotten to know him a bit better with each passing day.

Rocco loves.... belly rubs (already established that), fluffy toys, car rides, sitting, giving paw, and dancing. He also loves to sneak sips of beer.... shhhhhh he’s underage!! He loves humans a lot and wants to be by their side because that maximizes his chances of those belly rubs.

Rocco does not love other dogs. Who can blame him after what happened. He does not love cats either.
Rocco is looking for a fresh start with a boxer experienced human. He’s quite under-socialized and has a bark that would scare the pants off most people. Dogs send him over the edge, when he sees them out and about. So he needs to learn how to be in the general area of another dog without fearing for his life and that will likely take time, patience, and commitment from his new owner. He needs to learn that if you bark at people, they don’t see that as a friendly greeting, even though he really just wants to give kisses.
Rocco is an excellent keeper of the couch for anyone who might work from home. He will hang out there while you make money to pay the bills. If you have to leave for a bit, he’ll likely just stay on the couch. But, he’d really prefer a human who doesn’t work crazy hours... it cuts into his belly rub time.

Rocco is a special guy who has been through the ringer, and while his physical scars will heal, his mental scars will take a little more time.
Dogs? Absolutely not
Cats? Nope
Kids? 13+ but perhaps younger if situation is just right

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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.