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Why adopt a boxer?

From the minute they are born to their senior years, boxers remain playful and full of fun; they have a zest for life like no other breed.  They are the most entertaining of breeds and will never fail to make you smile.

So why adopt a Boxer?  It’s simple;  money will buy you a good puppy but it won’t buy the wag of a Thistle Boxer Rescue dog’s tail.

Boxers end up in our care for numerous reasons but never through any fault of their own.  Often, it’s due to changes in a family’s circumstances, work commitments or sadly because their owners didn’t appreciate what a boxer required of them.  In some cases, they have been neglected or abused.

At Thistle Boxer Rescue, our passion for this breed is what gives us the drive and the determination to find all the dogs in our care the very best home where they can live out their lives in the safe knowledge that they will be loved and cared for.  Each of our adopted families’ lives has been enriched beyond measure because of the love of our dogs. As well as having a new family member you will have the feeling that you did something special by giving a boxer a second chance and the life they were always meant to have.

How to adopt:

At Thistle Boxer Rescue we have an adoption procedure in place for rehoming our rescue dogs.  This process helps us to match you with a dog that will suit both you and your family and make sure that the adoption is successful.  

We ask for all adoption enquiries to be made via an online application form.  This gives us the basic information we need to assess your suitability to rehome one of our dogs.  However, if you would prefer to speak to someone before applying, please feel free to call us.  If your home seems like a good match for one of our dogs, one of our trusted volunteers will carry out a home check at a mutually convenient time to gather more information and to answer your questions.  By no means are they there to judge you or your home; they are just there to make sure you find a dog that is at home in your family and will get all the care and attention they need.  

After a successful home check, and once we have found a dog that we think matches you, we will arrange for you to visit the dog. All family members including any other dogs must to attend so that everyone can meet the dog and make sure they are the right fit for your family.  At the meeting, the volunteer will take you on a walk so that you can get to know the dog. This also gives you the opportunity to ask the volunteer a bit more about the dog as well as any other questions you may have.  If all goes well you will be able to take the dog home with you that day.  We ask that the adoption fee is paid on the day and that the adoption agreements are signed before taking the dog home.  

The adoption agreement specifies the terms and conditions of adopting a dog and every adopter must agree and sign the documents.  Following the adoption, we will keep in contact with you and are always available to give advice throughout your dog’s lifetime.  

We offer support and advice to all adopters and if you have any questions or concerns at any time you are welcome to e-mail us or give us a call.

We ask that all potential adopters fill in our online application form [link], which asks for some information about you and your household.  Once we have received the form, we will give you a call to talk over your application. If you are interested in adopting one of our boxers and would like to discuss this in more detail, please give us a call.



Terms of adoption:

Please read fully the following Terms of Adoption before completing an application form:

  • You agree to provide love, food, shelter and vet care, including routine vaccinations, for the lifetime of the dog. You must also provide adequate exercise.
  • It is your responsibility to take out insurance for your dog once you have adopted. Thistle Boxer Rescue WILL NOT be held responsible for any vet fees incurred through lack of insurance.  
  • If your adopted boxer is not neutered / spayed, an appointment to have this procedure carried out MUST be made within two weeks after adoption. If you use one of our preferred vets, Thistle Boxer Rescue will be responsible for meeting the cost of this procedure. If you chose to use your own vet, Thistle Boxer Rescue will contribute towards the cost of this procedure on receipt of the invoice.  
  • You CANNOT, under any circumstances, breed from an adopted dog. If your bitch becomes pregnant prior to being neutered then the dog and any puppies must be returned to Thistle Boxer Rescue.
  • If you can no longer care for the dog it MUST be returned immediately to Thistle Boxer Rescue’s care. You MUST NOT re-home the dog yourself or advertise it for sale.
  • Thistle Boxer Rescue DOES NOT accept responsibility for any damage caused by the dog after rehoming.
  • You MUST NOT leave your adopted boxer alone with any young children.
  • You MUST inform Thistle Boxer Rescue as soon as possible if your address, phone number or circumstances change.
  • You MUST NOT allow your dog off the lead within the first SIX weeks of adoption. If you wish to discuss training issues, please contact us.
  • You MUST NOT use a choke chain, shock collar or any other pain-causing device on your dog.
  • You MUST NOT use physical punishment on your dog. If you need advice on positive training, please contact us to discuss this.
  • You MUST contact and register your boxer with a local vet as soon as possible following adoption. Please make sure you inform your vet that you have adopted the dog from Thistle Boxer Rescue and request that they allow us access to their vet records if required.
  • The adoption fee is NON-REFUNDIBLE should you decide you no longer wish to keep the dog.
  • If your dog is lost or stolen, you MUST inform Thistle Boxer Rescue immediately.
  • You MUST allow a volunteer access to the dog, at a mutually agreed date and time, to carry out follow up checks. If you fail to do so and we have concerns about the health or well-being of the dog then Thistle Boxer Rescue has the right to remove the dog from your care.
  • If you do not follow the terms of this agreement, Thistle Boxer Rescue has the right to remove the dog from your care and cancel your adoption agreement.

Please do not complete an application form if you cannot follow or do not agree to any of our Terms of Adoption.  You will be asked to sign a copy of the above agreement should you be successful in your application to adopt from us.