You're One Step Closer.

We know you're eager to adopt—but before you apply, please read all of the information below. Feel free to send any questions via the form below or email

Adoption Range

  • Iowa

  • Nebraska

  • South Dakota

  • Minnesota*

  • North Dakota*

  • Outside of area*
    * These locations are handled on a case-by-case basis, and the adoptive family will need to travel to their boxer.

Adoption fee

  • Adoption fee is based on the age of the dog (If exact age of dog is unknown, age will be determined based on our veterinarian's best guess)

  • Adoption fees are non-negotiable and not tax deductible

  • Adopters may donate more than the set adoption fees, if desired

  • Adoption donations by age are as follows:

    • 0 - 6 Months: $450 with an additional $125 deposit for spay/neuter

    • 6-12 Months: $450

    • 1 - 2 Years: $350

    • 3 - 4 Years: $300

    • 5 - 6 Years: $250

    • 7+ Years: $150

Application Process

  • Complete the adoption application online

  • Submit Application Donation

    • In order to start your application, we ask you to submit a $25 Application Donation

    • Submit via the Donate tab or send a check to NPBR mailed to NPBR, P.O. Box 540855 Omaha NE, 68154

  • Complete approval process

    • Applicant must be 21 or older

    • Vet and personal reference checks will be performed. The applying party must meet the required vetting for personal animals, including vetting history such as:

      • Dogs and cats need to be spayed and neutered.

      • Dogs and cats need to be up to date on rabies and distemper vaccinations.

      • Dogs must be heartworm tested and on heartworm prevention.

    • Written landlord approval (if renting) is required.

    • Complete a telephone interview

    • All application information goes before our committee for approval.

  • Schedule and complete a home visit.

    • Home visits generally take 30-45 minutes to evaluate the interior and exterior of the applicants home.

    • If home is outside of our Rescue Volunteer area, arrangements for a visit must be made with a local entity or via technology like FaceTime or Skype.

  • Finalize the adoption.

    • Home visit information, application, and references all will go before our committee for final approval.

    • Applicants will receive an approved or denied email as a final application step. If denied, NPBR will list the reasoning.

Matching Boxer to Home

  • After final approval is on file, matches to a boxer (or boxers) are made

  • Boxer (or boxers) matched to home are presented to the prospective family

    • While we do take your personal preferences into account, our primary concern is placing our boxers into their best match for a forever home.

    • If you feel a particular boxer is not for you, please let us know. Although we have great experience and success with this process, we certainly don't want to give you a dog you don't want.

    • The match for your home may take some time. Be patient, your boxer is out there, somewhere, waiting for you!

  • With a go-ahead from the foster family, we'll arrange a special meeting to introduce the new boxer.

    • Though a boxer may look good on paper to you, if upon meeting, the boxer is not for you/your family, let us know! When it's right, we all feel it—and it is a beautiful thing.


  • Transportation

    • All families must plan to travel to the boxer’s foster home. NPBR is not responsible for transporting the dog to the adopting family.

  • Adoption fee is required upon taking your boxer home and is non-refundable

  • Adoption contract is required

    • You will receive an adoption contract via email prior to traveling to meet.

    • Contract specifies boxer will be returned to NPBR if adoptive home cannot keep the boxer for any reason and the boxer will be kept current on all vetting.

  • For dogs 3 years and under, an obedience contract is required

    • If you do not wish to attend an obedience class with your new boxer, take a closer look at our pups over 3 years old—still the cuteness of a boxer puppy, but no obedience contract required!

Supplies to Have When Taking Your Boxer Home

Adopters must supply:

  • Their own leash and collar.

  • Their own dog crate. NPBR suggests crating most dogs, at least for a short period of time, while they adjust to their forever home.

  • High quality kibble. Please feel free to inquire for recommended foods or visit for unbiased reviews.

Bring home a boxer.

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