Please be sure to read this page before applying.
What are the requirements for adoption?
What's the first step?
I'm getting ready to move. Should I apply now or wait?
I live out of state - can you make an exception?
My dog is not spayed/neutered but I plan to have it done. Can I still adopt?
I have a female Boxer. Can I adopt a female Boxer?
What happens after I submit my application?
How long does the process take?
What happens when I visit a dog?
Where are the dogs located?
How/when is the adoption finalized?
How much is the adoption fee?
What happens after the adoption?
Those interested in adopting a Boxer from Green Acres Boxer Rescue must first submit an application. Submit an application online. View dogs available for adoption on our adoption 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 dogs.
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 they expire.
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. feel free to contact us for assistance in finding a rescue in your state. We believe it's best to place dogs in our 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!
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 is done.
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, trust us.
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 so.
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 great match.
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.
Starting July 1, 2017, our adoption fee is $350.00 ($300.00 for a second adoption and $250.00 for a third and subsequent adoptions). 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!