Please be sure to read this page
What are the Requirements for
- You must be at least 21 and living on your own.
- Any other pets you own must be
spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations and annual
examinations (please do not apply if your companion animals
are not spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated. This includes
cats!). If you have an appointment to have your animal
spayed/neutered/vaccinated, please wait until after that to
- If you have children under the age of six, you may be required
to make two trips to meet the dog. It is important that we are able
to observe extended interactions between your child(ren) and the
dog. Stray dogs will not be placed in homes with small
- All other dogs in your home must be indoor pets.
- If you rent your home, you will be asked to provide a
letter from your landlord or a copy of your lease indicating that
you are permitted to have a large dog on the property.
I Want to Adopt! What's the First
Those interested in adopting a Boxer from Green Acres Boxer
Rescue must first submit an application. Please click here
to fill out and submit an application online. (You can click
here to see dogs available for
adoption, but please don't forget to read this page!) You must
be a Wisconsin (or U.P. of Michigan) resident in order to adopt. Be
sure your application is completed thoroughly. Incomplete
applications will not be accepted. Please wait for a response
from the Application Committee before inquiring about any of the
I'm Getting Ready to Move - Should I Apply
Now or Wait?
You may want to wait until you move before filling out an
application. As far as processing your application goes,
there is not much we can do ahead of time to speed up the
process. The process really begins when you set up an
appointment to meet a dog. We can't "hold" dogs in rescue so
you would want to wait until after you move to set up a
meeting. Applications are held on file for 90 days and then
I Live Out of State - Can't You Make an
Alas, no. Please don't put us on the spot by asking. Our
volunteers are already driving thousands of miles a year (and these
expenses come out of their own pockets) to cover the rather large
state of Wisconsin (and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). We
just don't have the resources to be able to do home checks and
follow-up visits for folks who live in other states. If you
live in another state and need help finding a rescue in your area,
we'd be glad to help you with that. Please visit our links page for links
to rescues in neighboring states. We abide by the ABRA
(American Boxer Rescue Association) Code of Ethics, which
stipulates that each rescue may only place dogs in its own
geographic area. If we were to place a dog out of state, we would
be displacing another dog who needs a home, and increasing the
burden of another rescue. We also do not ship dogs under any
circumstances. Thank you for understanding!
My Dog is Not Spayed/Neutered . . . But I
Will Have it Done
We know that you may intend to have your animals
spayed/neutered, but unfortunately we do not have the resources to
make multiple calls to your veterinary clinic to ensure that you
have had it done. Therefore, we ask that you wait until
your furry friends no longer have reproductive capabilities before
applying. We understand that sometimes there are reasons why
an animal cannot be spayed/neutered. If you have a puppy
or kitten, we ask that you wait until the animal is old enough (per
your veterinarian) for the procedure and then apply after it
I Have a Female Boxer and I Want to Adopt
Another Female Boxer
As a general rule, we will not place two female Boxers in the
same home together. We feel we can increase the chances for a
successful adoption by not placing female Boxers together.
Inter-bitch aggression in the breed is quite common.
Unfortunately, this is one of those behavioral quirks that people
will not believe unless they see it for themselves. But,
What Happens After I Submit My
- Once you submit your application, you will receive an email
response from the Application Committee. They may have some
follow-up questions for you. Then a volunteer calls your
veterinary clinic to confirm your records. The Committee will let
you know when your application has been formally accepted and added
to our database.
- Your application will remain on file for 90 days. You
will be advised when your application has expired. If you have not
found a match within 90 days and would like to extend your
application for an additional 30 days, please email the Application
- Applicants are invited to keep an eye on our our "Available for
Adoption" page on the website and let us know if a dog comes along
that is of interest to you. Sometimes we may make a
recommendation depending on your specific circumstances. Please set
up visits with only ONE dog at a time.
How Long Does the Process
The adoption process really starts when you find a dog you like
and set up a visit. You can set up a visit once your application is
accepted and your veterinary reference is completed. After
you visit a dog and indicate that you want to continue the process,
we are usually able to complete the adoption within a week or
What Happens When I Visit a
When you find a dog you like, contact the foster volunteer by
using the contact link on the dog's profile and request a visit
with the dog. You will need to bring all family members to
this visit - dogs and kids alike. You will be invited to the
dog's foster home to spend some time with the dog and get a feel
for whether he/she is right for you and your family (and vice
versa). After the visit we ask that you take a day or two to
think about it before advising us of your decision. Keep in
mind that the dog's foster mom/dad must also agree that it is a
Where are the Dogs Located?
The dogs are located in foster homes all over the state and we
ask that you drive to meet the dog that interests you, regardless
of where that dog is located. Please do not ask the foster
mom/dad to meet you in a parking lot halfway in between - we want
you to meet the dog in the place where the dog feels most
comfortable. That gives you an idea of how the dog will
behave in YOUR home after the adoption. Also, we do not base
adoptions on proximity . . . the best match for you may not be the
dog that is geographically closest to you.
Finalizing the Adoption
- Once you have indicated that you would like to move forward
with an adoption, we check personal references and complete the
processing of your application.
- We conduct a home check to ensure that you have a safe, loving
environment for your new friend.
- You will receive an adoption packet with the dog's veterinary
records and some other helpful documents. You will sign a
legally-binding adoption agreement when the adoption is
How Much is the Adoption Fee?
Our adoption fee is $225.00 ($175.00 if you have adopted from us
before). Our dogs are fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered,
heartworm tested, fecal tested, microchipped, and are protected
from heartworm, fleas, and ticks. Prior to adoption, the dogs live
in loving foster homes, where we emphasize socialization and
training. The adoption fee helps us to recoup some of the costs
involved with rescue, but does not begin to cover the actual costs
involved (we spend an average of over $300 per dog). Of course, a
true Boxer lover knows that these wonderful dogs are priceless!
What Happens After the
- Hey, congrats - you've got a new dog! If for any reason the
situation is not ideal for both you AND the dog and you're
confident you've tried everything to make the adoption successful,
we will always take back a dog placed through our organization. We
do not take the placement of a dog lightly. Many of these dogs have
been bounced around quite a bit before coming into rescue, and we
do our best to ensure that their "forever" homes are just that -
forever. We know that Boxers are not the right breed for everyone,
and we want to make sure that it is a perfect match every time.
Please note that refunds are given at our discretion.
- Upon adoption we have you sign a legally binding adoption
agreement. As time goes on and for some reason you wish to give up
your Boxer he/she must be returned to Green Acres Boxer Rescue as
stated in the adoption agreement.
- If you adopted a dog age three or under you will need
to mail in your training certificate within 90 days.
- Finally, we ask that you keep in touch from time to time and
let us know how your new family member is doing. We love to
receive pictures and updates!