Welcome to Minnesota Boxer Rescue


Adoption Information




MNBR's adoption process:   

1. Submit an Adoption Application - Click here for why this is important!
We screen potential adopters very carefully in order to find the best possible match for both you and our foster dogs.  All adoptions are expected to be lifetime commitments!  

We require that you complete the entire application including the contact name/ phone number of veterinarian, and 2 non-related personal references with email addresses and phone numbers. If your application is not complete, it will not be processed.

MN 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.onmicrosoft.com

*You must be at least 21 years of age to apply for adoption. 
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 right to "foster to adopt" homes.  If you are interested in a puppy or young Boxer, please apply and get pre-approved so you are on our list for the youngsters.   

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

Once your references are checked, a volunteer will contact you to schedule a home visit.  

3. Home Visit
The purpose of the home visit is to inspect the surroundings in which our foster dogs will live, meet all household family members, address any major concerns, and get to know you better.  (We are not at your home to pass judgment on your housekeeping skills.)  

4. Adoption Fees
For dogs in rescue with Minnesota Boxer Rescue (MNBR), MBNR will provide the following routine health care as needed:

  • Comprehensive physical veterinarian exam
  • Rabies
  • Distemper combo
  • Bordatella
  • 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

Many dogs require routine medical treatment ranging from $100-$800 each. This medical treatment is in addition to housing, transport, feeding, and other costs associated with keeping the Boxer safe, healthy, and happy while in our care. 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 $1000 to $5000 with rare situations running up to $10,000.  

To provide the necessary care for each dog in rescue with MNBR, the fee schedule below has been implemented. Funds not utilized for one dog are applied to the needs of another dog within the rescue.

Payment of adoption fees are non-refundable[1] and are required prior to or at the time an adopter takes custody or a foster determines they are adopting their current foster dog. We will not negotiate adoption fees. This is not a "sale", but a fee that enables us to continue to help more Boxers in the future.

 Age of Dog

Adoption Fee[2]

Puppy (newborn – 2 years)


Youth (2-4 years)


Adult (4-7 years)


Senior (7 years or older)


 Click here for a printable version of our Adoption Fees (effective April 1, 2021)

[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.

 **We will disclose all known behaviors, health, or emotional issues prior to adoption. 

  5. Finalizing the adoption

 Your Boxer's foster home or one of our team members will go over and provide you with copies of:

The full adoption fee must be paid, including all applicable MN Sales Tax, prior to taking custody of any dog. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH. You must pay adoption fee and tax with check ,money order or via PayPal.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Adoption Coordinator at adopt@minnesotaboxerrescue.onmicrosoft.com



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