quotes-adoptingSo You’re Thinking About Adopting

Thank you for considering the adoption of a rescued boxer. There are literally thousands upon thousands of friendly, healthy, loving, gentle boxers being euthanized in shelters every year. Often, shelters are full, underfunded, understaffed, misinformed, or simply do not have enough people adopting. They have dogs being abused, abandoned, neglected or picked up by animal control that are never claimed. Your decision to adopt a rescue is paramount to reversing a truly sad epidemic.


1) Submit an Adoption Application by completing our on-line form or request one via

2) A Home visit will need to be scheduled ASAP. We try to complete home visits within a week after receiving your adoption application.  You can reach us at 479.601.1316 or by emailing

3) Other dogs in your household must be neutered/spayed and current on vaccines. Please have your veterinarian submit vetting records to Veterinary records must be received prior to scheduling your Home Visit.

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Your Role as an Adopting Family

Many of the boxers we bring into our care have suffered neglect, abuse, have been abandoned or are malnourished.  It is common for newly rescued boxers to feel anxiety, insecurity or fear in a new environment. Fosters play a key role in helping new rescues through their first few days, but your role as an adopting family is to continue their rehabilitation.

Adopting families take on dogs that are often broken, shattered, frightened, injured, and struggling physically or emotionally. You are the key to their rehabilitation and have the pleasure of watching them regain their physical health and emotional wellbeing.

An amazingly resilient breed, Boxers DO respond to good leadership and care and WILL regain trust in humans and that wonderful spirit so inherent in the Boxer breed.

Although many of our rescues are physically healthy, all of them need time to adjust and a place to receive emotional support. They crave an environment for socializing, a family committed to giving them training and physical or emotional rehabilitation.

The role of each Adopting Family is to work with their new fur family member to help them adjust to the changes in their lives and to help them learn what is behaviorally acceptable from a dog living within a human/dog “pack.”

Adoption Fees

Thank you for considering the adoption of a rescued boxer. Every one of our recues begins his/her journey with Boxer Rescue of NWA with a trip to the veterinarian if they do not already have proof of vetting from a shelter or their former caregivers.

In most cases, the adoption fee does not even come close to covering our cost to rescue and vet a boxer. Often, we must pay transport or shelter fees, veterinarian fees, and provide food, bedding, training treats, medications, bandages, and other supplies. The Adoption fees are set to cover part of the expenses incurred in rescue work.

Every boxer in our care has a wellness check at our rescue veterinarian’s clinic. They are spayed/neutered, tested for heartworms/ehrlichia/intestinal parasites, and receive all vaccines including DHLLP, Bordetella and Rabies provided treatment for any issues found at their checkup. Each one is placed on heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention and they are de-wormed, given a bath, nails clipped and ears cleaned before adoption. Every boxer brought into this rescue leaves our care in better condition than when they first arrived.

Many boxers that come to rescue are undernourished and need extra TLC and medical attention, and special food or supplies. As a no-kill, non profit 501(c) 3 organization, we are an all volunteer staff that relies 100% on adoption fees and private donations to provide the boxers the care and medical attention they require. Your contribution through adoption fees and donations are much needed, much appreciated, and will help another boxer needing rescue. Any amount over the donation fee is considered a charitable donation and may be claimed on your income tax return.

Most updated adoption fees are listed on the adoption application; however, the table below is a close guideline for adoption fees:

$300 for puppies under 6 months with agreement to vet and spay/neuter before 6 months old

$275 for boxers over 6 months old

$225 for boxers under 1-2 years old

$200 for boxers 2+-3 years old

$175 for boxers 3+-5 years old

$150 for boxers 5+-6 years old

$125 for boxers 7 and older

$ 95 for special needs or boxer mix

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We are “furever” thankful to those who choose to rescue a boxer instead of buying one from a breeder.

Your Adopted Dog’s Health

We begin each boxer’s journey to the rescue at veterinarian’s office unless the boxer has proof of full vetting records, neuter/spay, and current vaccines.  If there are any health issues that we are aware of, you will be informed before adoption. For example, sometimes a senior boxer may have arthritis and our vet may recommend putting the boxer on TriCox or Dasuquin chews for joint health. They may be undergoing or have recently completed heartworm treatment or recovering from spay or neuter procedure.

Our rescues are adopted only after all known health issues have been treated. You would be informed if there are any ongoing health issues such as allergies, thyroid, arthritis, etc.)

What to Expect from Your Newly Adopted Boxer for the First 3-10 Days

It is COMMON for your newly adopted boxer to exhibit the following behaviors:

Walking in circles
Acting confused
Appearing “lost”
No appetite for up
to several days
Nervous or anxious
Acting sad or quiet
Acting sad or quiet

They may have just lost their family or been taken from an abusive situation. They may have been homeless, perhaps just picked up by animal control, then brought to a holding room with other confused and nervous dogs in a shelter. They may have been again transported before coming into foster care or being adopted.

They don’t understand what has happened; where is their family?  What happened to my foster family?  Where is my bed? How do I get out of here? Who are these people? What is this place? Am I going to die?

Newly adopted pets need much patience, encouragement, repetition, reassurance and training.

What to Do When You First Bring Your Adopted Dog Home

Start your journey together OUTSIDE. With the boxer on leash, introduce him to your back yard and front yard, and if possible, take a walk around the neighborhood to let him sniff the air in his new area. He needs this acclimation time. His nose will tell him more than you know, and the walk and access to his “pooping grounds” will be a first step in ensuring he knows there IS a place for this activity. Give him much praise if he pees or poops. Give the action a word “Potty. Good Boy!”

After he has been introduced to the outdoors, bring him on leash inside.

START YOUR JOURNEY INSIDE by teaching him he needs to go through the door AFTER you rather than knocking you and everyone else over plunging in the doorway first which he WILL try to do unless he is a highly submissive personality. Say “Wait”, let yourself and any other humans in first, then say, “Good Boy. Come in the HOUSE.”  This habit will teach your new boxer respect and patience and that there are “rules” in the human world to which he will belong.

Once you get inside, introduce him to the inside of your house ON LEASH. Let him sniff away; teach him right away if there are rooms off limit to him. For example, if you do not want him in the baby’s room or the formal living room or your bedroom, stop him at the doorway with the leash. Stand in front of the doorway of that room and “claim it” with your body. Say “NO…OUT”.  After he has sniffed out his new digs, show him where his water bowl is. Swish the water in the bowl with your finger; say “WATER”; show him his bed or crate. Say “CRATE.” Continually give names to items and action so that he learns that certain words have meanings.

After the indoor introduction, take him outside again. Say “POTTY” when he’s being led outside to go potty. If he pees or poops, give the action word while he’s going “Potty. Good Boy!”

Before long, dogs learn that certain words mean certain things and that their humans actually communicate with them. They will start to communicate back with you. Boxers are capable of understanding hundreds of words, nouns, verbs, even adjectives. Start early teaching him words.

Set your timer to invite him outside every hour for several hours.

Start crate training right away. Make it fun; give him treats. Invite him in – door open, give him a reward. This is the road to rehabilitation and teaching a canine to live harmoniously in a human’s world.


Please bear in mind that many rescues have separation anxiety and have lived rough, neglected lives. Most of the time we discover their issues while they are in foster care. However, your adopted rescue may need work with housebreaking, some may mouth or play rough (should not be allowed) or jump up on people (should not be not allowed).  BR-NWA recommends Composure (an all natural calming chew) to get them through their first few days adjusting to a new environment. Boxer Rescue of NWA encourages verbal praise, treat motivation and strong leadership during training. We greatly discourage not do we endorse physical punishment in any way. Resources and training videos are available through the BR-NWA library – just call or ask!

Rehabilitative care of our rescued boxers is a priority for us, and we greatly encourage at least daily exercise to give your new fur family member an outlet for his/her energy. Unexercised boxers will get into trouble if left to entertaining themselves without healthy alternatives. If you plan to adopt a boxer, please know this is a high energy breed that LOVES play, stimulation, and attention.

We require that adopted boxers be allowed to live inside your home with your family and other pets. Boxer are INSIDE dogs – just because they are large does not mean they should live outside. They have a low tolerance for heat and cold and provisions should be made to ensure they do not get overheated or left in the cold any longer than it takes to go to the bathroom.

Seasonally, if you have an adequately fenced yard, boxer may be outdoors with shelter from rain during the day. Do not leave your newly adopted boxer unsupervised inside or outside.  If you must leave, the boxer be crated or confined to a limited area after you have shown them that you DO return and the crate IS a place of comfort until you can trust to give them reign of the house. Some boxers have been known to scale a 5’ chain link fence or have dug out of fenced yard in a panic or due to boredom, so until you know how your new boxer reacts to the outdoor area, please protect him/her.

Some of our rescued boxers are not yet housebroken although older boxers are usually house trained. We recommend crate training when you’re not able to keep an eye on the boxer while in the house. Crating works well during house training, and a doggie door works even better if you have one.

We strongly recommend teaching your boxer basic commands such as “sit”, “stay”, “come”, “lay”, “leave it” and that you insist that the boxer sit and stay during feeding time until the food bowl is placed and boxer is given the “okay” command. We suggest that you teach the boxer to respect human space by not allowing jumping on people and that you not feed your boxer from the table.


As a newly adopted family of one of our rescued boxers, we ask that you email, FB message or text us an update the first few days your new fur friend is in your home. Please keep us posted weekly for the first month and periodically during the first year. We LOVE hearing from you and keeping up with how your boxer is doing.

Veterinary Care

All our rescued boxers will be fully vetted at the expense of Boxer Rescue of NWA before adoption. To ensure the ongoing health and wellness of your new pet, we require that all adoptive families agree to keep their boxers updated on vaccines and on heartworm prevention for the rest of their lives.


Because so many of our rescued boxers come to us with some degree of compromised health, we ask that you feed them a good quality dog food such as Victors, Purina or Pedigree. To help with weight gain for rescues whose backbones and hipbones protrude (emaciated) or boxers that are “ribby,” adding a few heaping tablespoons of cooked white rice as well as a few tablespoons of cooked sweet potatoes, pumpkin or winter squash to their food will help them get the extra calories they need. Most of our boxers eat 2 cups dry food morning and night; emaciated dogs may also need a mid day meal of 1-2 cups kibble plus 2 tablespoons of white rice as well.

Obviously, boxers come in different sizes and energy levels — from puppies to 40-90+ pound adults and seniors, start with 2 cups kibble twice a day as a feeding guide line, but even more importantly, gage how much to feed each boxer by keeping an eye on the waist line: it should be hour glass shaped; if they are too thin, add supplement as listed in previous paragraph. If they are overweight or losing their waistline, cut back a ½ cup per meal until their waistline returns. Add green beans or carrots to their food or for snacks if they still act hungry but are overweight.

Meeting Your New Boxer

After you are approved for adoption and you find a boxer you are interested in meeting, schedule an appointment with the foster family at a time convenient to both of you.

We suggest that the meet and greet begin with the humans meeting the boxer first. (Your pets can meet and greet after humans have met the boxer first.)  The foster family will instruct you how to meet and greet, but begin your visit with your potential adopted boxer by ignoring the boxer first. Give the boxer time to smell you and your family. Do not allow young children to wander; maintain a relaxed, peaceful energy while in the foster home. If all goes well, move on to meeting/greeting the new boxer and any dogs you may have (one at a time.)

How to Manage a Meet and Greet with Your New boxer and Other Pets

After the potential adopted family meets the new boxer, foster family will leash the new boxer and take a walk outside with your family and your dogs.  Just walk; humans in control of dogs moving forward without making a deal out of the meet and greet.  Allow the dogs to sniff each other if they are being friendly, but don’t put pressure on the leash, as the leash tension can create tension between the dogs. If they seem to get along, allow them to meet and greet unleashed in the enclosed yard. Boxer Rescue NWA is careful to match male/females and we do require that all pets be neutered and spayed. An approved adoptive family should meet this requirement.

Join the Adoption Team

If after reading this adoption segment you still want to adopt a boxer, please complete and return an Adoption Application right away. We will schedule a home visit and welcome you on board the ADOPTION TEAM.

Adoption Application

An application, home visit and Board approval is necessary to adopt a boxer from Boxer Rescue of NWA.  Please complete it ASAP; if you don’t hear from the Adoption Team Leader within 5 days, please call 479.601.1316 to schedule your home visit.

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