Where To Find A Boxer Available For Adoption Near You

Across the US, there is at least one Boxer-specific rescue organization operating in almost every state.

Texas is home to seven different adoption agencies dedicated to Boxers.

Florida, six.

California, Washington state, Michigan, North Carolina and New Jersey each have four Boxer rescue groups.

Be aware that, unless explicitly serving multiple states, Boxer rescues generally don’t allow out-of-state adoptions.

In other words, you generally have to live locally, or at least within the state.

So, search the comprehensive list below to find a Boxer rescue in your area.

Requirements For Adopting A Boxer

There can be a lot of hoops to jump through before being approved to adopt a Boxer through a rescue organization.

Typical rules and requirements include:

  • Personal and veterinary references
  • Home visits to make sure your home is “safe” and meet existing pets and children
  • All other pets in the household must be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and on monthly heart worm drugs (Some rescues insist on proof like receipts for heart worm drug purchases.)
  • No out-of-state adoptions, as mentioned above
  • No females placed in homes with another female dog
  • No adoptions to unfenced yards (Some rescues mandate a six foot high fence.)
  • Adoption fees in the hundreds of dollars including non-refundable fees for pre-adoption checks
  • Signed contract (Some rescues assert the right to “confiscate” the dog at any future point if you fail to comply with any of their conditions.)
  • There may be follow up checks on the dog

The Downside Of Getting A Boxer From A Rescue Group

Rescues put these rules in place in an effort to thoroughly vet prospective owners.

The hope is to lay the groundwork for a successful adoption.

Nevertheless, the requirements can be quite onerous and the process quite involved.

Perhaps the most unfortunate of the rules is the requirement for the adopted Boxer, as well as all other dogs and cats in the household, to be neutered/spayed — no exceptions.

While the desire to avoid unwanted litters and population control is an understandable motive, it comes at the expense of the individual dog’s health.

The known detrimental effects of neutering/spaying on a Boxer’s health are numerous, including a higher incidence of many conditions already disproportionately affecting the breed e.g. mast cell tumors.

There is a similar blanket insistence on being “up to date” on vaccinations and on giving the dog monthly heartworm drugs, regardless of the risk of exposure.

Again, these rules apply to all animals in the household, not just the new dog.

For owners committed to natural rearing, these rules can be dealbreakers.

Other Ways To Adopt A Boxer

If you are looking to adopt an adult Boxer, there may be other ways aside from going through a rescue organization.

Contact the Boxer club in your state and see if they have any advice.

Breeders sometimes know of Boxers available for adoption, or have their own older and ex-show dogs available for adoption.

Boxer owner groups on Facebook — and there are many — can be an effective way of connecting with other owners, some of whom will inevitably look to rehome their dogs at some point.

Surrendering Your Boxer

Boxer rescues are also an option if you find yourself having to do the unthinkable: give up your Boxer.

As traumatic as it can be for both dog and owner, rehoming is preferable to remaining in a situation where proper care cannot be provided, for whatever reason.

Where Do Rescue Boxers Come From?

Depending on the organization, the dogs may be taken in from shelters, off the street as strays or direct from owners who surrender them due to relocation, divorce, illness, death etc.

A rescued Boxer may have been neglected, abused or abandoned.

Often little will be known about their background.

As a result of the upheaval they’ve been through, and possible mistreatment in their past, adopted Boxers can come with some baggage including health and behavioral challenges.

Fostering A Boxer Dog

Consider fostering a Boxer.

Foster care is a crucial link in the chain to a forever home for dogs who’ve ended up alone through no fault of their own.

If neither adoption nor fostering are right for you at the moment, you can always help by volunteering or donating to support your local Boxer rescue.

Are There Any National Boxer Rescue Agencies?

Across America Boxer Rescue, based in Minnesota, has a volunteer base that ranges from the Midwest as far south as Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and the Carolinas and as far west as the Dakotas.

Even if you live elsewhere, it may be worth reaching out to this group as they bill themselves as “Rescuing Without Borders” — and regardless of what condition the dog is in.

Where Can I Find A Boxer Available For Adoption?

Here is a lengthy list of US-based Boxer rescue organizations with dogs regularly available.

The adoption agencies are listed alphabetically by state.

Many handle Boxer mixes as well as purebred Boxers.

Many of the dogs are young adults, but some will be seniors.

Some rescues like the Minnnesota-based Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue focus on Boxers with special needs.

Note that states with an asterisk have no locally-based Boxer rescues but are served by organizations in nearby states.

Two asterisks indicates a state not currently served by any Boxer rescue.

There are only two: Alaska and Hawaii.

These states do have local Boxer clubs which may be able to help.

Alphabetical List Of Boxer Rescue Organizations By State

Alabama

Rockin P Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue (see Tennessee)

Out Of The Box Boxer REecue (see Georgia)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Southern Magnolia Boxer Rescue (see Mississippi)

**Alaska

None known — contact the Midnight Sun Boxer Club

Arizona

Boxer Luv Rescue

Also served by:

Boise Bully Breed Rescue aka Boxer Rescue Of Boise (see Idaho)

Arkansas

Boxer Rescue of NWA

Also served by:

Boxer Rescue Of Texarkana (see Texas)

Boxer Schnauzer Rescue Of Ozarks (see Missouri)

California

Boxer Rescue LA

NorCal Boxer Rescue

West Coast Boxer Rescue

R&R Boxer Rescue (serving southern California)

Also served by:

Boise Bully Breed Rescue aka Boxer Rescue Of Boise (see Idaho)

Boxerrs And Buddies Rescue (see Nevada)

Must Luv Boxers Rescue (see Washington)

Northwest Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Colorado

Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue

*Connecticut

Out-of-state rescues serving Connecticut:

Adopt A Boxer Rescue (see Pennsylvania)

Boxer Rescue Of Vermont (see Vermont)

Chelsea’s Hope Boxer Rescue (see New Jersey)

New Life Boxer Rescue (see New Jersey)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Second Chance Boxer Rescue (see New York)

The Boxer Rescue (see Massachusetts)

*Delaware

Served by out-of-state rescues:

Adopt A Boxer Rescue (see Pennsylvania)

Boxer Rescue And Adoption (see Virginia)

Fassa’s Friends Boxer Rescue (see New Jersey)

Florida

Boxer Aid And Rescue Coalition

Boxer Friends Rescue

Boxer Rescue Angels Of Florida

Coastal Boxer Rescue

Florida Boxer Rescue

Second Chance Friends

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Boxer Butts And Other Mutts (see NC)

Out Of The Box Boxer Rescue (see Georgia)

Georgia

Atlanta Boxer Rescue

Out Of The Box Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Boxer Aid And Rescue Coalition (see Florida)

Boxer Butts And Other Mutts (see NC)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Rockin P Boxer Rescue (see Alabama)

**Hawaii

No known Boxer-specific rescues.

Contact Boxer Club Of Hawaii or Aloha Ilio Rescue

Idaho

Boise Bully Breed Rescue aka Boxer Rescue Of Boise

Boxer Lovers Rescue

Also served by:

Must Luv Bxers Rescue (see Washington)

Northwest Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Illinois

Boxer Rebound

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Great Lakes Boxer Rescue (see Michigan)

Minnesota Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

*Indiana

Central Indiana Boxer Club Rescue

Also served by out-of-state rescues:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Great Lakes Boxer Rescue (see Michigan)

Kentuckiana Boxer Rescue (see Kentucky)

Iowa

Mid-Iowa Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Boxer Schnauzer Rescue Of Ozarks (see Missouri)

Missouri Valley Boxer Club And Rescue

Minnesota Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue (see South Dakota)

Western Iowa also served by:

Missouri Valley Boxer Club And Rescue (see Nebraska)

Kansas

Mo/Kan Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Boxer Lovers Rescue (see Idaho)

Boxer Schnauzer Rescue Of Ozarks (see Missouri)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Kentucky

Central Kentucky Boxer Rescue

Kentuckiana Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Boxer Butts And Other Mutts (see NC)

Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue (see Tennessee)

Louisiana

Louisiana Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Boxer Rescue Of Texarkana (see Texas)

*Maine

Out-of-state rescues serving Maine:

Boxer Rescue Of Vermont (see Vermont)

New Life Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

Second chance Boxer Rescue (see NY)

The Boxer Rescue (see Massachusetts)

Maryland

Boxer Transfer Network

Also served by:

Adopt A Boxer (see PA)

Boxer Rescue And Adoption (see Virginia)

Massachusetts

The Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Adopt A Boxer (see PA)

Boxer Rescue Of Vermont (see Vermont)

Chelsea’s Hope Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

Second Chance Boxer Rescue (see NY)

Michigan

Boxer Haven Rescue

Mid Michigan Boxer Rescue

Great Lakes Boxer Rescue

For The Love Of A Boxer Rescue And Sanctuary

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Green Acres Boxer Rescue Of Wisconsin (see Wisconsin)

Minnesota

Minnesota Boxer Rescue

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue

— focused on senior and special needs Boxers including heartworm positive Boxers

— serves many states but based here

Across America Boxer Rescue

(serving many states but based here)

Mississippi

Southern Magnolia Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Louisiana Boxer Rescue (see Louisiana)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Missouri

Boxer Schnauzer Rescue Of Ozarks

Also served by:

Mo/Kan Boxer Rescue (see Kansas)

*Montana

Served by out-of-state rescues:

Boxer Lovers Rescue (see Idaho)

Northwest Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Nebraska

Missouri Valley Boxer Club And Rescue

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Boxer Schnauzer Rescue Of Ozarks (see Missouri)

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue (see South Dakota)

Nevada

Boxers And Buddies Rescue aka Nevada Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Boxer Lovers Rescue (see Idaho)

NorCal Boxer Rescue (see California)

West Coast Boxer Rescue (see California)

*New Hampshire

Served by:

Boxer Rescue Of Vermont (see Vermont)

Chelsea’s Hope Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

New Life Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

Second Chance Boxer Rescue (see NY)

The Boxer Rescue (see Massachusetts)

New Jersey

Chelsea’s Hope Boxer Rescue

New Life Boxer Rescue

New Jersey Boxer Rescue

Fassa’s Friends Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Adopt A Boxer Rescue (see PA)

Boxer Rescue Of Vermont (see Vermont)

Boxer Transfer Network (see Maryland)

New Mexico

Boxer Rescue Of Albuquerque

Also served by:

Boxer Lovers Rescue (see Idaho)

New York

Second Chance Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Adopt A Boxer (see PA)

Boxer Rescue Of Vermont (see Vermont)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Chelsea’s Hope Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

New Life Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

New Jersey Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

North Carolina

Barks And Wiggles Boxer Rescue

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue

Boxer Butts And Other Mutts

Carolina Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Out Of The Box Boxer Rescue (see Georgia)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

*North Dakota

Served by:

Minnesota Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Ohio

GO Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Boxer Haven Rescue (see Michigan)

Great Lakes Boxer Rescue (see Michigan)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Oklahoma

Red Dirt Boxer Rescue

The Boxer Rescue Of Oklahoma

Also served by:

Boxer Lovers Rescue (see Idaho)

*Oregon

Served by:

Boise Bully Breed Rescue aka Boxer Rescue Of Boise (see Idaho)

Must Luv Boxers Rescue (see Washington)

Northwest Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Washington Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue (see Washington)

Pennsylvania

Adopt A Boxer Rescue

PA Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Boxer Transfer Network (see Maryland)

Chelsea’s Hope Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

New Jersey Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

New Life Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

*Rhode Island

Served by out-of-state rescues:

Adopt A Boxer Rescue (see Pennsylvania)

New Life Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

Second Chance Boxer Rescue (see NY)

The Boxer Rescue (see Massachusetts)

*South Carolina

Served by out-of-state rescues:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue (see NC)

Boxer Butts And Other Mutts (see NC)

Carolina Boxer Rescue (see NC)

Out Of The Boxer Boxer Rescue (see Georgia)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

South Dakota

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Minnesota Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Tennessee

East Tennessee Boxer Rescue

Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Boxer Butts And Other Mutts (see NC)

Out Of The Boxer Boxer Rescue (see Georgia)

Southern Magnolia Boxer Rescue (see Mississippi)

Texas

Austin Boxer Rescue

Boxer Rescue of Texarkana

Cowtown Boxer Rescue – Dallas/Fort Worth

Houston Boxer Rescue

Legacy Boxer Rescue

Lone Star Boxer Rescue

North Texas Boxer Rescue

Also served by:

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

*Utah

Served by:

Boise Bully Breed Rescue aka Boxer Rescue Of Boise (see Idaho)

Boxer Lovers Rescue (see Idaho)

Vermont

Boxer Rescue Of Vermont

Also served by:

Chelsea’s Hope Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

New Life Boxer Rescue (see NJ)

Second Chance Boxer Rescue (see NY)

Virginia

Boxer Rescue And Adoption in Reston, Virginia

Also served by:

Adopt A Boxer Rescue (see Pennsylvania)

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue (see North Carolina)

Boxer Butts And Other Mutts (see North Carolina)

Boxer Transfer Network (see Maryland)

Washington

Must Luv Boxers Rescue

Northwest Boxer Rescue

Washington Boxer Rescue

Wigglin’ Home Boxer Rescue

*District Of Columbia

Served by out-of-state rescues:

Adopt A Boxer Rescue (see Pennsylvania)

Boxer Rescue And Adoption (see Virginia)

Boxer Transfer Network (see Maryland)

West Virginia

Mountaineer Boxer Rescue

— serves within 2 hours of Charleston

Also served by out-of-state rescues:

Boxer Butts And Other Mutts (see North Carolina)

Boxer Transfer Network (see Maryland)

Great Lakes Boxer Rescue (see Michigan)

Wisconsin

Green Acres Boxer Rescue Of Wisconsin

And served by out-of-state rescues:

Across America Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Great Lakes Boxer Rescue (see Michigan)

Minnesota Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Rejection Collection Boxer Rescue (see Minnesota)

Wyoming

Served by out-of-state rescue:

Boxer Lovers Rescue (see Idaho)

Conclusion

Adoption is a wonderful way to give a Boxer a second shot he mightn’t otherwise have.

Read through the materials provided by your local Boxer rescues, ask questions and see whether it seems like a good fit.

To avoid disappointment, you will want to begin the application process well ahead of time, not when you spot an available Boxer and fall in love at first sight.

It can take some time to get approved, but if you start now, you should be ready by the time the right Boxer comes along.

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