Rescue boxers can make a wonderful addition to a home but they require work,patience and commitment.



Adding one of these sprightly characters to your family will bring you laughter and the best kind of companionship marked by loyalty, devotion and play. Rescue Boxers make wonderful additions to a home but they require work and commitment. Before you apply, we ask you to consider the following questions.


Do you want a ready-made, perfect dog?

If so, a rescue dog is an unrealistic choice for you. Boxers end up in rescue for a variety of reasons – rarely temperament related - but most rescue dogs have issues of some sort or another. Some are minor and easily corrected, while others will take more time to repair (see Ernie's Story). There is always an adjustment period when a dog is brought into a new household, which can range from a few days to several months. If you are not prepared to work through this period, you should reconsider adopting one of our dogs. Uprooting a dog that has only been in a new home for a short period of time is extremely unfair and damaging to a Boxer.


Have you done your research on the Boxer breed?

There is a vast amount of information available today about the loyal breed that is the Boxer. One of the best ways to learn about the Boxer breed is to meet one personally. Dog shows offer a great way to introduce yourself and your family to the Boxer breed. Most exhibitors are more than happy to share their knowledge and insight about their Boxer. If you do meet a dog this way, please wait until the dog is finished performing before approaching their handler for a chat. Alternatively, feel free to visit us whenever we are at an event or public show. These events will be announced on our website.

Finally, if you see a Boxer owner out for a stroll, engage him in conversation. If there is one universal rule about Boxer people, it is that they adore talking about their breed. Breed knowledge is an asset you can acquire with a bit of work; one of the most important criteria we consider is the applicant's willingness to learn.


Before You Apply

Our application process is now on an individual dog basis.  Please specify on your application the boxer(s) that you are interested in adopting.  Only applications that are suitable for the specified dog will be considered.  In the event that you are not matched with the specified dog(s), please indicate on your application if you are interested in potentially being matched with another dog that is currently in or coming into our program.  If your application is approved, then it will be added to our waiting list of potential adopters.   Please note that qualified applicants on our waiting list are considered first when looking for the right home for our dogs.  

All approved applications will be held and considered for one year and then deemed expired.  Please feel free to reapply at that point in time.  

Please note: Boxer Rescue Ontario does not accept applications from homes with children under the age of 5 years (applicants on our waiting list will be grandfathered) or homes with unaltered animals.


The Adoption Process

Each Boxer Rescue Ontario dog is different and unique! We do everything possible to ensure that the homes we find meet the specific dog’s unique requirements and needs. We are only able to do this by first evaluating the dog through our foster care program and then assessing each potential home for suitability by conducting an interview and home visit. Our adoption process is as follows:


Step 1: Online Application

At the right side of this page you will find a link to our online application form. Once you complete and submit your application, our volunteers will review it and you may be contacted to set up a phone interview, provided you meet the criteria for the dog(s) you’ve applied to adopt or have asked to be considered for other dogs.

Step 2: Phone Interview

If your online application is approved, you will be contacted by one of our volunteers to set up a phone interview.  The interview usually takes about thirty minutes and allows us to confirm the details of your application.  It also gives us a better idea of what your family and home are like so that we can assess whether the boxer you have applied for is a fit.  If the boxer is not suitable for your home, and you have asked to keep your application on file, we are in a better position to find a match that would be right for your home. 

Please note that due to the demands on our volunteers time, we are not able to contact all of our approved applicants and provide a status update.  Once you have applied, your email confirmation from our Application Coordinator will provide the email address of our Director of Adoptions, Elizabeth Kuranoff.  Please feel free to write her with any question, concerns or status updates. 


Step 3: You Will Be Matched With A Dog

Successful applicants are matched with a dog. We typically have a large number of applicants interested but our primary concern is finding the perfect fit for our foster dogs; we don’t operate on a first-come, first-served system. Our primary goal is to place each dog in the best situation possible for him or her. This can take days or weeks and is difficult to predict. But we appreciate your patience through this process.

NOTE:  If you decide to adopt elsewhere or your circumstances change so that adopting one of our rescues is no longer possible, please contact us.  Our group of volunteers spend many personal hours trying to make these adoptions happen and many hours are unfortunately wasted on applications for families that are no longer interested.  This delays our volunteers from getting dogs adopted and prevents us from being able to get help new dogs.  And as everyone knows, time can mean the difference of life and death to a shelter dog.  Thank you for your consideration in this regard!


Step 4: Home Visit(s)

After the phone interview and if your application is chosen for one of our dogs, one of our volunteers will contact you to set up a home visit at a suitable time when all members of your household can be present. You will not be permitted to meet one of our foster dogs until the home visit is successfully completed. Our representative will, if possible, bring a Boxer to enable everyone involved to see how the breed will interact with you and your surroundings.

Step 5: You Will Be Notified Of Our Decision

Shortly after the home visit, you will be notified about our decision.

Step 6: You Add A New Member To Your Family

Once we have approved the adoption, it is time for the "meet and greet".  This is the opportunity for your family, including any dogs you have, to meet our rescue boxer.  If all goes well, you can proceed with the adoption.  The adoption consists of a signed adoption contract and an adoption fee.  

Our adoption fee for dogs is as follows:

Senior (age 7 and older)= $250.00

Adult (age 2 to 6)= $400.00

Young (6 month up to 2 years)= $500.00

Puppies (up to 6 months)= $600 with $200 rebate once vetting has been completed.  Puppies at this age cannot have their vetting completed before adoption and adopters of puppies are contractually obligated to complete the vetting and in return are given a rebate towards vetting costs.  

Since we are a volunteer organization funded entirely by contributions, we count on your continuing support as well as your adoption fees to help defray the costs of caring for our foster dogs. We would happily accept any amounts over and above these minimum fees in order to help other dogs in our care.

After you adopt we will follow up with you during the initial adjustment period. Remember that we are always available to answer questions and to provide help when possible.  Please be patient with your newest family member.  As big as an adjustment that your family is experiencing, it is tenfold for your new boxer.  Give them the chance to adapt to their new environment and to become the family member that they want to be.

We are always looking for donations too. So if you would like to help out while you are waiting for your perfect match or if you are looking for additional ways to help, please visit our Donations Page.


Step 7: You Become A Success Story!!!

We wish you and your rescue Boxer all the best. Adoptive parents become part of the Boxer Rescue Ontario family and you will be invited to join our adopter’s email and support group. We encourage you to join but you are always free to ask us questions and send pictures. We love to hear how our babies are doing!


Apply Now

Click here to fill out the online application.

Online Application

Click on the link below if you would like to apply to adopt a rescue Boxer!

Online Application


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Your donations will help bring us closer to eliminating homelessness for our dogs. You can donate any amount you choose, in a one-time lump sum or in small, monthly increments. 

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