Thank you for your interest in adopting from New Life Boxer Rescue!  Please remember that we are all volunteers and that the adoption process may take several weeks to complete.  We at NLBR take pride in the promptness with which we conduct all of our business and know that you will be pleased with your experience!  We are  thoroughly committed to matching all of our dogs with a caring and loving Forever Home and your support of this commitment is greatly appreciated.

STEP 1 - Complete an Adoption Application online.  Be sure to answer all questions thoroughly and truthfully.  Details are important and references must be included.

STEP 2 - When your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours.  Next, one of the interviewers will contact you to arrange a day and time to complete the phone interview.  Once the interview is completed, your vet and or references will be contacted.

STEP 3 - A home visit will be scheduled and completed by one of our volunteers in your area.  All members of the family must be present for the home visit.

STEP 4 - Once the home visit is complete and the volunteer has submitted the necessary paperwork, you will be notified by email if your application has been approved.  At this point, the placement process begins.  You will then speak with the Placement Coordinator about potential matches.  Decisions for placement are based on your needs (such as children or other pets in the home), your preference of available Boxers and the Placement Coordinator’s knowledge of the dog and his or her characteristics.  We have had great success with our process - Check out our Happy Tails page to see our adopted dogs.

STEP 5 - Once an appropriate match has been made, you will make contact with the foster family housing that particular Boxer.  This is the time to ask questions and obtain as many details as possible about the dog including his or her unique needs, exercise level, diet and overall personality.  Should you decide that this dog does not meet your expectations, we will attempt to match you with another Boxer.  If both you and the foster home agree that this is the right dog for you, then the Placement Coordinator will contact you to officially offer the dog.

STEP 6 - Arrangements are made with the foster home to schedule a date and time for the adoption.  You (the adopter) are responsible for transporting the dog, as we do not ship or transport our dogs.  Adoption contracts are drawn up and emailed to you for you to bring along on adoption day along with your donation to the rescue.

Please remember that we do not have a facility or kennel where you can visit or meet our Boxers.  All of our dogs are in the care of their loving foster homes across the Northeast NJ/NY/PA and CT.


  1. Your current dog(s) must be spayed or neutered.
  2. Your pets must be up to date on vaccinations.
  3. New Life Boxer Rescue views each adoption on a case-by-case basis, matching the temperament of the new dog to all resident dogs which may result in placement of opposite sex dogs only.
  4. We do not adopt our Boxers out to be given as gifts or surprises - ever.
  5. You must agree that your Boxer will always be housed indoors only.
  6. Boxers must never be left outside on a tie out, in a dog house or other type of housing pen.  Boxers must be indoor dogs.

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