The Boxer Rescue

The Boxer Rescue

You’ve Decided To Surrender Your Boxer

Although surrendering your boxer may be extremely difficult, it may just be the best thing for you and your dog. You are providing your dog with a chance at a new life and a loving home.  The Boxer Rescue will work hard to ensure that your dog ends up in a loving “forever” home.  Hopefully, knowing this will make the process a little easier for you.

If you have decided that surrendering your dog is the best thing for him/her, we thank you for taking the first step in your dog’s future welfare.  The Boxer Rescue is here to make this difficult time as easy as possible.   When you place your dog into our program, you can be sure that your dog will be provided with the best care given by one of our selected, pre-screened, foster families or approved adoptive homes

When filling out the owner surrender application, please fill out the form in its entirety and be as detailed and honest as possible.  Your honest answers will allow us to have the most accurate information concerning your dog’s temperament, personality, and level of obedience.  This information will be essential to us and your dog in many ways.  First, it allows the new family to focus on any strengths or weaknesses your dog may have.   This helps make the adjustment time easier for your dog.  Also knowing your dog’s weaknesses will allow the new home a chance to work with your dog on those issues.  It also allows the new home to take any necessary safety measures with their family.  By providing us with accurate information, we can provide a permanent and happy home for your dog.  If you are looking to surrender your boxer, you must fill out a surrender application online click here to fill out an owner surrender form.   

Once we receive your surrender request, we will contact you within 24-48 hours to discuss your situation.  We will then send an experienced volunteer to your home to meet with you and your dog.  Our volunteer will evaluate your dog for temperament and behavior and will bring their own friendly dog to test your dog’s ability to get along with another dog (unless you inform us that your dog is not friendly with other dogs). They will also take a few photos of your dog, which will accompany their biography on our website and social media pages, if we are able to accept your boxer into our rescue program.

Once we have accepted your dog into our program, we will begin searching for a home.   Please be patient as this could take some time depending on the needs of the dog and the homes that we have available.   We will remain in contact with you during this time.

Before you surrender your boxer, please answer the following questions:
Did you get your boxer from a breeder?

If you acquired your boxer from a breeder, please contact the breeder first.  Most reputable breeders will have you sign a contract at the time you purchased your puppy, requiring that the dog be returned to the breeder if you can no longer keep him or her.  

Did you get your boxer from a rescue organization?   The same rules apply with a rescue organization.  If you acquired your boxer through a reputable rescue organization, you would have signed a contract requiring that the dog be returned to them if you decided you could no longer keep him or her.


If you are surrendering your boxer because you have a new baby coming, we would like you to reconsider.  Boxers are fantastic family dogs and with the proper training and guidance your boxer will learn to love the new little human just as much as you. If you can take care of your new baby, then you can take care of your dog.  For more information on how to introduce your dog to your new baby please email us at


If you are surrendering your boxer because you are moving and your new apartment complex or condo will not take pets, then please try to find one that does.  You would be surprised to find out how many places do accept pets.   Your boxer is part of your family, and he or she should not be left behind because of a move.


If you are surrendering your boxer because of behavioral issues, please give us a chance to help you.  Email us at .   We can recommend a trainer in your area or pass along some training literature that might help you and your boxer.   If it’s a socialization issue, it’s never too late to enroll your boxer into obedience classes.   Obedience classes are a lot of fun and can also help with bonding.

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The Boxer Rescue, Inc.
 PO Box 440
 Grafton, MA 01519