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Once your application fee has been received, we will begin processing your application. If you do not receive a response within 14 days of submitting your application, please email us at to request an update. Our volunteer application team works very hard to ensure everyone receives a timely response.

Thank you for your interest in adopting from NorCal Boxer Rescue!

Adoption Requirements

  • You must live in Northern California, Central Valley (Fresno or further north) or around the Nevada/CA Stateline area. Due to geographical/capacity restraints, we are otherwise unable to accept applications from out of state, or from southern California.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • All current pets in the household MUST be spayed/neutered, on heartworm prevention, and current on shots. We will call your vet to ensure the medical prerequisites have been met.
  • As a general rule, we do not foster or adopt to families with children under the age of 5, however, exceptions are made on a case by case basis.
  • Most of our boxers have issues that preclude adopting to families with children less than fifteen (15) years of age so the wait for an appropriate boxer for adoption to a home with children under 15 can be extensive.
  • Applicants with children under 15 will be required to answer additional questions. This policy is strictly for the protection of our boxers and our foster or adoptive families. Please review our Boxers & Children page for more information.
  • Applicants who rent must provide landlord contact info. NCBR requires verbal landlord approval for all renters.
  • Due to dominance or related issues, we do NOT adopt female boxers into homes with other medium or large breed female dogs.
  • We do not adopt out dogs as gifts.
  • Puppies will only be adopted to a home with a preexisting adult dog, no children under age five, and where the puppy will not be home alone for long hours. PLEASE NOTE: Do not fill out an application for a puppy if you do not meet ALL requirements. Your application will be immediately denied and will not be processed.
  • All pets must be INDOOR companions!
  • NCBR does not adopt out of state, except northwest Nevada.

If you are a family with children under the age of 15, please review our policies regarding adoption on our Boxers & Children page.