Are you considering adopting a Boxer to add a furry friend to your family? At Austin Boxer Rescue, we’re dedicated to finding loving homes for all our pups. To ensure their safety and well-being, we have a vetting process in place for potential adopters. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the requirements and tips to help your application sail through smoothly and quickly.

Safe and Clean Backyard

Ensure your backyard is safe and secure for your new pup. Check for any holes in fences that could allow them to escape. Make sure to pick up anything your new dog might try to eat. Boxers are known to be curious!

Avoid stacking items next to the fence where a dog could climb and jump over. Keep the yard free of clutter and regularly maintain the grass. Tall grass and clutter can harbor dangers like snakes or items that could harm your pet. 

Make sure that any empty containers are turned upside down or removed from your yard so that they don’t collect rainwater, which can discourage mosquito breeding grounds. Mosquitoes can carry diseases that can harm your dog and stagnant water can be dangerous if your dog drinks it. 

Tidy House and Safe Sleeping Area

While your house doesn’t need to be spotless, having a tidy environment is important for the well-being of your new pet.

Ensure you have a safe and comfortable sleeping area designated for your Boxer. If you have other pets in your home, you’ll need to make sure that your new dog has a warm and safe place to sleep indoors while everyone adjusts. 

We recommend crate training for the safety of both your new dog and other pets, as well as your furniture and shoes, until everyone has a chance to get to know each other. 

We have seen many instances where Boxers have tried to escape through the smallest of spaces and openings, so be sure not to leave gates or windows open or doors unsecured if your dog is unattended for any length of time, even when you are home. 

Provide Landlord Contact Information

If you rent your home, be prepared to provide your landlord’s contact name and number. We’ll need to confirm with them that having a dog is permitted. Check to make sure that your rental agreement allows you to have dogs over 20 pounds, as that is often the limit for rental properties.

Include Veterinary Office Contact Information

Provide the contact information of your current veterinary office on your application. We’ll contact your vet to verify the care provided to your current or past pets over the last 5 years. This includes regular vaccinations and heartworm prevention.

If you use a mobile vet or have received services elsewhere, please specify the details for verification.

Pets’ Health Requirements

If you have existing pets, ensure they are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and on heartworm prevention. List your pets’ names on the application, and we’ll reach out to your vet for confirmation.

Loving Home and Family

Most importantly, we seek loving homes with families ready to welcome and care for their new Boxer with lots of love and affection. Boxers are known for being “people dogs,” and once they adjust to their new home, will normally want to be around you and your family as much as possible. Show your readiness to provide a loving environment for your new furry companion.

Adopting a Boxer is a rewarding experience, but it’s essential to meet certain criteria to ensure the well-being of the dog and compatibility with your lifestyle. By following these requirements, you’ll not only improve your chances of being approved for adoption but also demonstrate your readiness to provide a safe and loving home for your new family member.

At ABR we’re committed to facilitating the adoption process and ensuring that our dogs find their forever homes with caring families. If you’re ready to get started on this journey of companionship and love, we welcome your application and look forward to helping you find the perfect match.

Remember, adopting a Boxer is a lifelong commitment, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of these wonderful dogs.