The Adoption Process

Thank you for considering to adopt a rescued boxer. The adoption process is outlined in the steps below:

1. Read our Adoption Policies then complete an Adoption Application.

The adoption application may seem long, but please understand each question is designed to assist in placing our beloved rescues in their forever home and to determine if the applicant is the best match for a particular dog. Our only reward is to ensure each dog is placed in their forever home.

The following Steps are contingent upon the successful completion of the one prior:

2. Reference Checks - After the initial review of the adoption Contract, a NJBR volunteer will call the references on your application.

3. Telephone Interview - A telephone interview will be conducted, in order to review points on the application, answer any questions or discuss a particular dog. If the interview goes well a home visit is then scheduled.

4. Home Visit - A NJBR volunteer will conduct a home visit in order to meet the family members, and other pets and to ensure that the home environment is suited for a boxer. Whenever possible a boxer will be brought along for the visit.

5. Approved for Adoption - After the home visit is conducted, and of course if all goes well, you will be approved for adoption. At this point we will do our best to match a boxer with your home and in the ideal case coordinate the adoption of the dog you selected on your application. If we do not have the right dog for you and you do find a dog with another rescue group, we will be happy to share our approval information.

6. Email the Dog's Contact - If you are interested in a particular dog on the website, be certain to email the contact person listed in the dog’s biography.

7. Adoption - At the time of adoption the following documents will be executed:

1) Adoption Contract* - stipulating (in addtion to other contractual requirements, that the dog must be taken to obedience training unless their is a special circumstance (age or health) that prevents the dog from participating in training,

2). Follow-up Schedule

3) Restraint Agreement (stating the dog cannot be let off-lead in a non-fenced area)

* In homes with children under the age of 12 the contract also states that the dog and children cannot be left alone un-supervised.

8. Follow-up and On-going Support - A follow-up schedule is a part of our adoption package. We request that you keep in touch with us on a regular basis and we are always available to answer questions and provide support if needed. We especially love receiving pictures and updates on how your new family member is settling in.

Please understand that all the steps are administrated by volunteers many of whom work full time, so your patience is appreciated.

About Us

NJBR is a non profit, 501 C3 Organization that provides complete surrender and adoption services, as well as promoting responsible pet ownership in New Jersey and it's surrounding areas.

We provide a full range of rescue services including the intake of boxers from shelters or owners, a thorough interview and adoption process and continuous follow-up with our adoptive homes, as well as providing assistance to any boxer home or other rescue that reaches out to us.

NJBR, incorporated in November of 2003, is comprised of volunteers with many years of experience in performing rescue work with other established groups. After careful consideration, we have made the decision to become an independent rescue group. We believe the establishment of New Jersey Boxer Rescue will enable us to concentrate our efforts within the state, and to better serve both boxers and owners in New Jersey and neighboring communities.

Our volunteers include individuals who have rescue, dog training and behavior experience. Most importantly we are boxer owners who cherish and understand the breed.

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How To Help

Thank you for inquiring about ways to help NJBR.

We are a group of people who own boxers and help process applications for people who want to adopt or surrender their boxers to us.

There are many things our volunteers do. Most of our volunteer do work full time and have families of their own. Our volunteers visit prospective homes in their area and meet dogs that are being surrendered in their area from either individuals or from shelters we work with. Sometimes these dogs need to be taken to the vet for services, or need to get to a foster home and part of the transportation is needed. We all work together to try to get everything done. All of this is done based on your availability, which for most people is weekends.

We do not have a kennel the dogs are kept at so just stopping by to walk dogs or play with them is not needed, however, sometimes we do not have an open foster home and will place a dog in a kennel temporarily and then a volunteer close by will go to check on the dog.

If you aren't available to donate your time or welcome a foster boxer into your home, New Jersey Boxer Rescue always welcomes donations. Without help from people like you we would not be able to get these wonderful dogs veterinary care or take in the number of dogs we do each year.

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The Surrender Process

If you are considering surrendering your boxer:

Make sure you have exercised all options, health, behaviors, etc. If you would like to discuss this decision with a volunteer please email Barbara at or call 1-877-233-9594. We may be able to assist you with dealing with the problem at hand as opposed to giving up your boxer.

If you made the final decision regarding giving up your dog, the following steps apply:

1. Please fill out the Owner Intake Questionnaire. This form asks a lot of very important detailed questions concerning your dogs physical description, health and behavior. It gives us the ability to place your dog successfully into a well suited home. If you do not have the ability to fill this form out on line please call 1-877-233-9594, leave a message and we will call you back within 24 hours and go through it with you over the phone.

2. If you have a digital camera and can email pictures along with the completed form, please do, it will help expedite the process.

3. You will be asked to supply all of your dogs veterinary records. So please gather this information ASAP.

4. We will make an appointment to meet with you and your boxer and discuss details for finding your dog a new home.

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Contact Us

Address: New Jersey Boxer Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 684
Middlesex, NJ 08846

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