Surrender Form

ABR is a not-for-profit organization that assists displaced Boxer dogs in finding new homes. But that is not all we do. ABR considers educating the public about the Boxer breed, to be just as important. Our goal is to keep as many Boxers as we can out of rescue and shelters and in the loving arms of their families.

Most people who contact us erroneously think they would be doing their Boxer a huge favor by finding him a home that "has more time for him or can give him the home he deserves." In actuality, Boxers are better off remaining in the home they know and love, even if it means they will get less attention from you. Of course this applies to dogs that are being properly cared for and whose basic needs are consistently met.

Can you answer "YES" to any of the questions below?

Did you acquire him as a puppy from a breeder?

If so, have you contacted that person? If he or she is at all reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you purchased your Boxer puppy, stipulating that the dog should be returned if you decide to no longer keep him. If you do not want to keep your Boxer dog, contact your breeder first.

Did you acquire your Boxer from a rescue organization?

If so, have you contacted that rescue organization? If they are reputable, you would have signed a contract at the time you adopted your Boxer, stipulating that the dog must be returned to them if you decide to no longer keep him or her for any reason.

New baby in the family?

How lucky for you that Boxers are fantastic family dogs! Congratulations for being knowledgeable enough about this breed to initially select a dog notorious for their affinity for children. If you can take care of your new little human baby, you can take care of a dog.


There are plenty of apartments, townhouses, condos and hotels that accept medium and large breeds of dog. Many places will even allow you to spread payment of your pet deposit over multiple months as part of your rent.

Think you don't have enough time for your dog?

Experts in the animal field agree that dogs require a mere 15 minutes of one-on-one time with their human companions per day, to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted! That could be simply spent laying in bed at night watching t.v. together, playing ball in the backyard for 15 minutes while dinner is cooking, or going for a walk or jog! Surely you can spare 15 minutes per day. Pets reduce personal stress and can add years to your life - make the time for you AND your dog.

Are there behavioral issues?

Is your dog having trouble getting along with other animals in the household or are there other behavioral issues that have led to the decision to give up your dog? If so, let us help you. Send us an email - we can most likely recommend a trainer in your area. If you didn't socialize your Boxer as a puppy, it's never too late to enroll her or him in obedience school. It's fun and can count as your 15 minutes of bonding time!

PLEASE READ before contacting us:

Many people have already made up their minds to give up their Boxer when they contact us. If this applies to you, you can contact us at the email address below and a volunteer will respond to you via email or by telephone as soon as possible. BRA makes no guarantee that we will admit your Boxer dog into our rescue program. The purpose of the contact and/or the surrender form that we use is to gather information in order to assess the dog's needs and what type of foster home he or she would require. Hopefully you have not waited until the last minute to contact Boxer Rescue since all our dogs are fostered in homes and not kenneled - meaning we would have to make sure there is a home available.  If you are willing to be patient, the better we may be able to help you.

We ask that you please exhaust all other avenues to rehome your Boxer and only request a surrender form as a last resort.  Please request a surrender form using the email address and fill it out in its entirety. If something does not apply, type or select "Not Applicable" instead of leaving the question blank. It is absolutely crucial that you are 100% truthful with the information you provide on this form as you will sign it stating that you have not left out any potential issues or problems in which you are already aware. The safety of our foster parents and their families, their personal pets, and our rescue group is at stake.

Also, if you decide that you want your boxer back or we have a dog in our possession that was found, you will need to go through the normal process of being an approved home and pay up to (not more than) the entire cost of the adoption (see fees on the FAQ page).  We will always make an effort to find the right home for the surrendered dog and that the home meets the same standards as we expect of our adopters.

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