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Does the Boxer breed require a lot exercise and attention?
Yes. Boxers are high-energy and people-oriented. They need lots of regular exercise, human companionship and cannot tolerate extremes in temperature.


Where do the dogs come from?
The Boxers we take in come to us from several places and for many reasons. Some are surrendered by their owners, others are rescued from shelters and humane societies or are strays.


Are the Boxers healthy?
Before leaving our care, our dogs are healthy to the best of our vets’ knowledge. They are spayed or neutered and have received a full set of immunizations, plus are chipped. Their vet records will be provided for you upon adoption.


How often do you get puppies in your program?
We occasionally get young puppies in our program. We do, however, have many Boxers who are still young (as Boxers do not mature until approximately 3 years of age) but are already past the house breaking and chewing stage!  We would ask that you open your heart and mind a bit and consider adopting one of these young, exuberant “toddlers” into your home.


I want to surrender my Boxer.  What do I do?
NWBR may be able to help you if there is space in our rescue program. For more information please visit our Surrender page. 



Where are you located?
We are a foster based rescue. That means that we do not have a kennel or main facility to house our dogs. We have foster homes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and California and our dogs go straight into these homes so that they are comfortable and can receive the best care possible until they find their forever homes.


How can I see your dogs?
The only way to meet them is to start the adoption process by filling out an online application or joining us during an event.


What are NWBR ambassadors?
Typically they are NWBR alumni that attend events so the public can learn more about the breed.




Do you allow adoptions outside of the PNW?
No, we will only place dogs within our area of operation, where it is possible to continue to follow-up and assist with the dogs we place.


Do you know of any Boxer rescue groups near me?
Please use this link to locate a rescue in your area:


What is the process to adopt a NWBR dog?
We emphasize matching the right dog to the right family so that all will have many happy years together. Completing and submitting the adoption application is the first step and the fastest way to begin the adoption process. Additional steps include:

  • Phone interview

  • Veterinary & personal references check

  • Home visit

  • Adoption fee

  • Adoption contract (can be previewed on our website)


Can I turn in an application without picking out a dog?
Yes! We keep open applications on file for 90 days. At any point during that time, feel free to contact us and let us know if you see anyone you would like to add to your application.

What is the time frame for the adoption process?
Please allow 2 weeks for the adoption team to review your application. Once completed, an adoption coordinator will be in touch regarding your approval status. We strive to find the best fit, lifestyle and environment for each individual Boxer, based on the assessment of daily interactions by its foster family.


Why is your adoption process so long?
While it often takes longer to make an appropriate match, sometimes the process moves very quickly. As we have no paid staff, every member of our team has many other obligations (work, family) so we try to be as efficient as possible. We ask for your cooperation. If at any point you are no longer able to adopt a dog, please let us know so we can make the best use of our volunteer hours. Remember each application takes a minimum of 4-5 hours to process fully. We take our responsibility seriously and hope that you appreciate our need to use our resources wisely so we can serve all the dogs and NWBR applicants.


I live in an apartment. Can I adopt?
Keep in mind that Boxers are considered to be a high energy breed and require a lot of exercise. We do not normally place dogs in apartments or homes without fenced yards.


Why do all the pets in my home have to be spayed or neutered?
In rescue, we see hundreds of dogs euthanized every year because of overpopulation. Therefore, we feel that we are obligated to help educate the public about this widespread crisis and encourage all potential adopters to be responsible pet owners.  Responsible pet ownership means keeping your pets in good health, current on vaccinations, and spaying and/or neutering all pets in the home.




Can I volunteer with NW Boxer Rescue?

Yes! NWBR is run solely by volunteers, and more help is always needed. There are many ways you can help:

  • Fostering: As a shelterless rescue, we rely heavily on the generosity of people who are willing to open their homes and hearts to our dogs until they are adopted. As a foster home, your job is to love, care for, and feed a homeless or abandoned dog until she finds her own forever family.

  • Home Visits: A home visit is required for all our adopters. As a home visitor, your role is to be our eyes and ears and make sure the home would provide a safe, loving environment for one of our dogs. A form is provided to you prior to each visit, so you know exactly what to look for and ask.

  • Social Media: Assist the Facebook team

  • Photography:  Good photographs are a key component to a dogs album. If you like to take pics of cute pups

  • Transport: Help our dogs get from one location to another. A valid driver’s license, car, a crate (depending on the dog), and a desire to help are all you need!

If you are interested in doing home visits, posting on Facebook, taking pictures of dogs, fostering or transporting dogs, kindly complete and submit the volunteer application




Can I make a donation?
Yes! All donations go directly to the dogs and every little bit helps (and your donation is tax deductible). Your financial donation will help us to rescue and vet dogs in need. Donate here.


Please be patient with us.
We are staffed completely by volunteers who love animals and who love having the opportunity to help these amazing dogs find wonderful families. We strive to respond to you in a timely fashion, and to be honest, respectful, and courteous in all our interactions. Please understand that our primary obligation is to the dogs entrusted to our care. While we realize that our screening process may seem extensive and may occasionally (and unfortunately) eliminate some good homes, it is a process that has been developed through years of experience and we stand firmly behind it. However, if at any time you have questions or wish to discuss any part of our process, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you. If, by this point, you are thinking we are as friendly as the IRS, please know that we truly are warm, wonderful people who love what we do and truly love working with families to find the right dog. We have found that the best way to ensure success is to make sure that everyone enters into the process with appropriate expectations. The items outlined above should help you to carefully consider if a rescue dog is right for you, and to understand how our process works.


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