My name is Bruce!

Boxer Mix Dog for adoption in Sunderland, Massachusetts - Bruce
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Northeastern Boxer Rescue

Facts about Bruce

  • Breed: Boxer Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male

You may have wondered why such a handsome boy such as Bruce has not yet found his forever home. Truth be told is that he is not an easy dog to place.

Bruce has major trust issues with strangers and can be very reactive to new people he encounters. He is also a very bossy dog when it comes to other new dogs. He is now wonderful with his foster sister Taffy, but it took quite a bit of time before he accepted her completely.

Somewhere in Bruce's past he was treated very badly by people and he is on the defensive with people he does not yet know. However, once Bruce accepts that you are his friend, he is a most wonderful dog.

4/2/14: Bruce Is Thriving

Bruce is finally out of the boarding kennel. He was transferred to a loving foster home several weeks ago and he has become quite the lover boy. What a difference it has made to be in a home with kind people who nurture him.

Below is a report from Bruce’s foster mom:
“Bruce has been with us for about five weeks now, along with his foster sister, Taffy, and he is truly thriving! We’ve really had a great time getting to know him and he’s definitely stolen our hearts.
In typical boxer fashion, Bruce cannot just sit next to you. He must lie on top of you and can’t get close enough. He is full of boxer kisses and is a certified bed hog. He loves to go on walks and enjoys playing with toys. Bruce is comfortable in his crate when he is alone, and is picking up on basic obedience very quickly. This smart boy has already learned sit, down, stay and shake!
Bruce is slowly gaining weight and loves his food and treats. He still needs to gain a few more pounds. When he is in a deep sleep, his snoring could likely be measured by the Richter scale. We truly love this guy so much that he certainly puts us at risk for becoming foster failures! He will be tough for us to let go but will absolutely be a superstar in his forever home!”

08/15/13: Bruce Survived A 5 Lane Highway

Bruce was found roaming on a 5 lane highway and picked up by a passing driver. Why he was not killed is miraculous. The person took him home, kept him overnight, and then brought him to a Shelter the next day. We first heard about Bruce more than a week ago when the Shelter sent out a plea to numerous boxer rescue organizations.

Once again, since we have no available foster homes, we sat back and hoped that another Rescue would come forward. A second desperate plea was sent out by the shelter and we felt compelled to call to make sure that Bruce was going to be OK. When we called to inquire about his status we were surprised to hear that we were the only one to respond on his status (out of 30 emails) .

Bruce is HW positive and is currently being treated. He is UTD on vaccines and has recently been diagnosed with a slight case of kennel cough (and is now quarantined at the animal hospital). He has a skin tag on his elbow and needs some dental work. He is grossly underweight. At this time he weighs 55lbs and it has been determined that he should be at least 70 lbs. Our vet estimates him to be approximately three years old.

We have been told he is good with other dogs and loves to be with people. We are looking for a foster home that has no young children.

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If you're interested in adopting this sweetheart, please fill out an application at

About Northeastern Boxer Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Northeastern Boxer Rescue is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization which is an all-volunteer effort to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home unwanted and abandoned boxer dogs within the Northeastern United States. We work within Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

When boxers are in need, NBR volunteers respond. Our mission includes hands-on rescue, as well as education. We strive to inform others about the realities of pet guardianship, promote neutering, and encourage responsible care. It is our hope that our efforts will enhance the lives of people as well as companion animals. Join us. Help us to help boxers.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

All of the dogs in our rescue program are cared for by volunteers who open their homes to foster. These dogs are available to meet by appointment after you have been approved to adopt.

Our Adoption Process...

Please submit our on-line adoption application if you have an interest to adopt. You will be asked to provide personal and veterinary references as well as meeting with one of our volunteers at your home. It will also be necessary to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. Please be patient with our process as we are all volunteers and it takes time to make a suitable match.