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Minnesota Boxer Rescue's Adoption Process

Bringing a Boxer into your home and your life is a major decision. It brings with it responsibility and commitment, but it also renders supreme joy, laughter, and sadly but inevitably, tears.

No one of us who has ever shared their life with a Boxer would have it any other way.

1. Submit an Adoption Application

Minnesota Boxer Rescue uses a rigorous screening process for our potential adopters in order to find the very best possible match for both you and our foster dogs. This is of supreme importance, as we want all adoptions to be lifetime commitments! Along with your completed application, we require that you provide both a Veterinarian reference, as well as two (2) non-related personal references. References are a critical part of your application, and your application cannot be processed if reference information is incomplete or not provided.

2. Veterinarian and Personal Reference Check

Along with your completed application, we require that you provide both a veterinarian reference, as well as two (2) non-related personal references. We ask for an email address and a phone number for each references so that we can contact them directly. Please notify your references that we will be contacting them – veterinarians often have privacy practices in place, and they require your approval to release your information. References are a critical part of your application, and your application cannot be processed if reference information is incomplete or not provided.

All pets in your home MUST be up to date on all vaccinations, receive heartworm preventive, and MUST be spayed/neutered.

3. Home Visit

The purpose of the home visit is to inspect the surroundings in which a dog that is placed with you will live.  We seek to meet all household family members (both human and non-human) address any major concerns, and get to know you better.  (We are not at your home to pass judgment on your housekeeping skills!). 

Once your adoption application has been processed, a member of our team will reach out to schedule a home visit. Our home visit volunteer will meet with you, tour your home, meet your family and animals who will be interacting with your Boxer, and answer any questions you may have.  Home visits are generally brief and informal.  The details of your home visit will be communicated to the adoption team, and will become a part of your adoption application. 

4. Pay Adoption Fees

Every dog that comes into Minnesota Boxer Rescue goes through a preliminary vet assessment prior to beginning their adoption journey so that Minnesota Boxer Rescue can address any urgent medical needs the dog may have, as well as be able to provide potential adopters with all pertinent information regarding the health of the dog they are adopting.  Dogs coming into rescue often have experienced neglect, and frequently are in need of immediate medical care.

Adoption Fees are non-refundable[1]. Payment is required prior to, or at the time of, an adopter taking custody of a dog; or, when a foster determines they are adopting their current foster dog. 

Please note: WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH.  Your Adoption Fee, including sales tax, must be paid via check, money order, or via Pay Pal.  

Adoption Fees are set in advance, and are non-negotiable.

Please note that an Adoption Fee is not a “sale”, but a fee used to cover costs associated with initial health assessments and any routine medical treatment provided to the dog, as well as in addition to housing, transport, feeding, and other costs associated with keeping the dog safe, healthy, and happy while in our care.

Adoption fees go toward offsetting the cost of medical and adoption expenses. In the unusual event that any adoption fee is not utilized on the dog you are adopting, Minnesota Boxer Rescue reserves the right to apply any remaining funds to the needs of other dogs coming in to rescue. 

[1] Exceptions will be reviewed by MNBR such as prepayments.

[2] Adoption fees are subject to tax for Minnesota residents; adopters residing in any state, other than Minnesota, are not subject to paying tax.

  • Comprehensive physical veterinarian exam
  • Rabies
  • Distemper combo
  • Bordetella
  • Heartworm Test and preventative meds (first round)
  • Fecal test and any necessary worming
  • Microchip implant and registration
  • Spay or neuter
  • Any other treatment deemed necessary by approved rescue vet

Medical Treatment Provided to Incoming Rescue Animals

For dogs coming in as a rescue with Minnesota Boxer Rescue, we assess the health of the dog, and provide routine medical treatment.  Minnesota Boxer Rescue provides the following routine health care as needed.

Many dogs require routine medical treatment ranging from $100-$800 each. Some dogs require more serious care for heartworm treatment, dental disease, tumor removal, limb amputation, and knee and hip repair. These types of medical treatment can incur expenses from $1,000 to $5,000 with rare situations running up to $10,000.  

5. Finalizing the Adoption

Your Boxer's foster home or one of our team members will review with you the following information, as well as provide you with copies of the following information/documents:

Your Boxer’s foster home or one of our team members will review with you the following information, as well as provide you with copies of the following information/documents:

The full adoption fee must be paid, including all applicable MN Sales Tax [2], prior to taking custody of any dog.

Additional Information

  • Minnesota Boxer Rescue does not usually place female Boxers in homes with other female Boxers or bully breeds. To have two female Boxers live happily ever after takes the right personality and temperament between the two dogs.  
  • If you have questions about this policy, please email our Adoption Coordinator directly at adopt@minnesotaboxerrescue.com
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to apply for adoption. 
  • Approved adoption applications are good for two years.
  • A fenced yard is typically required to adopt a deaf or blind dog.
  • Puppies or young Boxers under a year old that come in to rescue go straight into “foster to adopt” homes.  If you are interested in a puppy or young Boxer, please apply and get pre-approved as a foster so you are on our list for the youngsters.   
  • Minnesota Boxer Rescue will disclose all known behaviors, health, or emotional issues prior to adoption.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Adoption Coordinator at adopt@minnesotaboxerrescue.com

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