My name is Bruce!

Boxer Dog for adoption in North Wales, Pennsylvania - Bruce
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Northeastern Boxer Rescue - Pennsylvania

Facts about Bruce

  • Breed: Boxer
  • 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.

About Northeastern Boxer Rescue - Pennsylvania

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. Together we can make a difference.

Our Adoption Process...

Adopting a Boxer

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Boxer from NBR. Since the organization was founded, NBR has successfully placed thousands of Boxers in permanent, loving new homes.

Please read these materials carefully to familiarize yourself with NBR's adoption program and eligibility requirements. If you conclude that you want to adopt a NBR Boxer, and we hope that you do, please follow the application procedure outlined.

Our non-profit organization is mostly comprised of hard-working volunteers whose only reward is seeing our wonderful Boxers placed in loving, permanent homes and given another chance for a happy life. Our process may seem slow, but if you are patient, we will try to provide you with a devoted, loving companion - a Boxer.

Click the following links for more information.

Is a Boxer right for me?

1. Fill out an adoption application.
This gives us information about your family and helps us to match you with a suitable boxer. If a good match is not currently available, this application also allows us quick access to your information to compare with incoming dogs. As you will see, the adoption application is quite detailed. Our mission is not just placing homeless boxers into new homes but ensuring that those homes will be permanent. Our intention is not to be nosey. The thoroughness of our questionnaire is meant to aid us in our attempt to find the best homes for our dogs and the best dog for you.

You can decide how far you are willing to travel to meet an available dog, but the states currently included in our program are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

2. View the available dogs.
This page will show you the dogs currently available in our rescue program. Keep in mind that there may be delays in updating the page, so there may be dogs available that are not listed. Similarly, not all of the listed dogs will be actually available. We try to keep things current, but new dogs enter our program and are adopted from us regularly.

3. After completing the application, you may email us at Please allow us at least a week or so before requesting status. These status requests take us away from reviewing your Applications and matching you with dogs.

And yes, we realize that the Boxer you may have your heart set on, may be adopted before you're approved. Should your first choices all ready found their forever home, we have provided a space below for you to advise us as to other dogs you are interested in. Be happy for the ones that have been placed... and know that there are way too many fantastic dogs waiting in their place.

We hope you feel that the right Boxer is worth waiting for.

Until you tell us otherwise, we will continue to review your application for possible matches with dogs coming into rescue. However, we encourage you to return to frequently to view new additions to the available dogs list. We ask that you notify us when you adopt a dog so we can remove your application from our active file.

4. Arrange for a home-visit.
A boxer rescue volunteer will ask to visit you in your home, in all likelihood bringing a boxer along for the visit. The boxer may or may not be an animal that you are interested in adopting. The intent is to confirm that you do have a physical environment that is safe for a boxer and that you are comfortable with the breed in your home.

5. Sign an adoption contract.
When you decide on the dog you want to adopt, you will be required to sign an adoption contract. Basically, it will require you to agree to the following major points: an agreement to neuter if it is not already done because of age or health, keeping current with medical needs, humane treatment, and the return of an unwanted dog back to the rescue program. There is an adoption fee of $395. This donation helps to defer the cost of veterinary care that we give the dogs, such as neutering, vaccinations, and medical treatments as needed.

6. Live happily ever after.
Corny as it sounds, this is our goal. If, for any reason, the placement is not working out, Northeastern Boxer Rescue will cheerfully accept any dog's return to our rescue program. We try our best, but not all matches work out. If that is the case, we will try to find you a rescue dog better suited to your family.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Forgive us if there is sometimes a delay in getting back to your inquiries. We are all volunteers doing our best to meet the demands of our own lives, families and jobs, in addition to helping these dogs. If you feel that your email or application has been overlooked, it is quite possible that email or server problems deleted it accidentally. Try again!

Thank you for your interest in Boxer rescue.