Things to consider before applying to us to adopt a rescue boxer:

Have you done your research on the boxer breed ?

There is a vast amount of information available today about the boxer and other breeds. You must take the responsibilty of educating yourself and your family about your breed of choice.

One of the best ways to get to know about the boxer breed is to see them up close and personal. Dog shows are a great way of accomplishing this. Most exhibitors are more than happy to share their knowledge and insight about the breed. One note, please wait until the dogs are finished showing before approaching their handler for a chat.

If you see a person walking a boxer don't be afraid to approach them. If there is one universal rule it is that boxer people love talking about their breed.

Breed knowledge is an asset, but one of the most important criteria is the applicant's willingness to learn.

Do you want a ready made, perfect dog ?

If so, a rescue dog will unlikely be the choice for you. Boxers end up in rescue for a variety of reasons none of them their fault. Many people acquire a cute puppy not realizing that seemingly perfect boxer their neighbor has is the result of a lot of hard work. When the boxer puppy reaches the adolescent stage and has no manners or training the family decides that this isn't the dog for them. It is at that stage that many boxers end up in the hands of rescue.

Most rescue dogs have issues of some sort or another. Some are minor and easily corrected others will take more time to work through. There is always an adjustment period when bringing a new dog into your household. This period can range from a few days to several months depending on the background of the dog. If you are not prepared or committed to work through this period please don't apply. The worst thing that can happen is to have to uproot a dog who has only been in a new home for a short period of time. It is extremely unfair and damaging to the dog.

Are you ready for a boxer now ?

Our volunteers are always more than happy to answer questions and provide infomation about the boxer breed. We can help with referral to breeders, vets and trainers in your area.

When you contact us please let us know what your time frame on adopting a boxer is. While we're always willing to answer your questions we don't need to waste our time finding the perfect dog for your family only to be told that you've decided to wait awhile.

About the adoption process

Your application is sent to a central receiver. From there it is forwarded to a local rescue representative. Once received by the local team, a representative will be in touch with you to set up a meeting at your home to further discuss the potential adoption. All family members who will have contact with the dog must be present for the meeting.

Our volunteers are just that. Volunteers. We work full time, have families and boxers of our own. We try to process the applications on a timely basis but sometimes our own lives need to be attended to. Please be patient. We receive many more applications to adopt than we have boxers available. We attempt to work on a "first come, first serve basis", however the needs of the boxer are more important than the application placement in the queue. Our focus is on the right family for the dog, not the right dog for the family.

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