AABR works within Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, northern Virginia, Washington DC, New Hampshire (within an hour of Massachusetts) and Rhode Island (adoptions only).  Please contact a local rescue if you are not in the north east United States. 

You are reading this page because you are either curious about how dogs enter rescue, or because you are seriously contemplating giving up your dog.  If you have not yet made up your mind about surrendering your dog, and have questions about behavior, training, or Adopt A Boxer Rescue, please contact us.


* You will be asked to tell us everything you can about your dog, that will help to make his/her transition to a new home as easy as possible. (see Dog Intake Questionnaire below).

* You will be asked to provide your dog’s medical records to us.
* You will be asked to provide pictures of your dog, and your dog will appear on the AABR web site. All rescue dogs appear on the rescue site.
* You will be asked to print out and sign an Owner Release Agreement below.

Prior to intake to rescue:

* We assess your dog prior to their arrival through the intake questionnaire, and then an AABR volunteer in person evaluation.

** Note: Due to a high volume of owner surrenders, Adopt A Boxer Rescue may require you to hold on to your dog until a home can be found.  During this time, AABR will post your dog on our website and work to find a forever home for your dog.  During this time we may also work with you to spay or neuter your dog so that it can recover in familiar surroundings, ask you to get vaccinations up to date, and discuss a program to address behavior issues, if any.

On the subject of Surrender:
There are reasons to surrender a dog.  Maybe two dogs are not getting along, and injuries have occurred.  Or maybe you are not able to give your dog the care and attention a family member deserves.

Although surrendering your dog may be extremely difficult for you to do, it may just be the best thing for you and your dog. You are providing your dog with a chance of a new home. We work hard to ensure that your dog ends up in a permanent home.  We understand that this is a stressful time for you, and making the decision to find your dog another home is a difficult one. However, we can assure you that AABR will place your dog with a wonderful family that will love and care for him for the rest of his life. Hopefully knowing this will make the process a little easier for you.