"The character of the Boxer is of great importance and demands the most solicitous attention. It is renowned from olden times for its great love and faithfulness to its master and household."

It is harmless in the family but distrustful of strangers, bright and friendly at play but brave and determined when aroused. Its intelligence and willing tractability, its modesty and cleanliness make it a highly desirable family dog and cheerful companion. A Boxer is the soul of honesty and loyalty and is never false or treacherous, even in old age." ~ Anonymous

Ruby and Her Gems

Ruby came to us as a stray. She was picked up on the streets, a very beautiful and soulful gem. Ruby we know was used strictly for breeding. A young girl, we believe three. Used over and over. We think Ruby was let loose because of a growth on her face, of no use anymore. When Ruby was brought to us, the one thing we noticed was her wonder of the world. We knew she had never been on a leash and believe she only saw the inside of a cage. She sniffs the air and looks at everything as if it is brand new! She is not frightened of anything, kisses are abundant and she is so extremely trusting.

Ruby was taken to Joshua Creek Animal Hospital. She was checked over thoroughly. Very thin little girl, but all in all good health. Ruby was scheduled for the removal of her lump on her face and her spay. The lump was removed and Dr. Z gave our Director the update that all went well. Joshua Creek continued on with her spay. When Ruby was opened up, it was quickly determined that Ruby was pregnant.

This is where Ruby and her little gems need us more than anything. Ruby is under very close observation; we think she is 45-day gestation. Regular gestation time is anywhere from 50 - 72 days and usually lasts around 60 - 62 days. We are hoping she will hold on for at least 15 more days. Because of the anesthetic we have concerns for the babies and because of Ruby’s incision we are praying that she has the healing time required before giving birth so that she will not have any problems. We believe Ruby has four babies. We are doing everything in our power to save Mom and her babies. The next week and hopefully 2 are very critical for her. We will be updating Ruby and her status daily.
We are preparing for five lives now, possibly more. You can see her updates in our Facebook album here.

We cannot begin to tell you our worry and concern for all. Ruby is doing well right now. Even with the stitches on her face and the drainage tube, her tenderness and beauty will take your breath away. We have pictures of the start of her life with us, and we are hoping for a wonderful beginning for Mom and babies. It will also be the last time that Ruby will ever be used again and discarded.

We want to thank Rens Depot for contributing a donation of food for Ruby. High in nutrients for Mom. Boxer Rescue Ontario is supplying supplements also. Ruby and her babies will need a lot of support in the next coming weeks. If you would like to help it would be so much appreciated. Fingers and Paws crossed for the beginnings of a new life for Mom and her babies.

To make a donation to Ruby and her babies' care please click here. Ruby and her Gems thank you!!

PUPDATE: September 27, 2016: Ruby has had her pups!

Ruby delivered her first pup. Unfortunately baby Bella did not make it and Ruby was rushed in for a C section.

She successfully gave birth to three pups this afternoon - Esme, Jasper and Rene!!!

We are hoping that everything goes well for Mom and babies.

To make a donation towards Ruby and her babies' care please click here. Thank you from all of us Boxer Rescue Ontario!

Knitting by Jackie Afghan Raffle

It's done! Get your tickets for The Boxer Rescue Ontario Afghan Raffle. Tickets are $5.00 each and only 80 tickets are available. $200.00 will be donated to Boxer Rescue Ontario. Contact knittingbyjackie@gmail.com to get your tickets! Draw will take place once all tickets are sold.

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Boxer Rescue Ontario is now on Resqwalk! Walk a little or walk a lot. Every walk helps!

What is Resqwalk? Resqwalk is a free app you download to use during your regular day while you're walking, running, rollerblading, or during any type of fitness activity. ResQwalk does not use hyour data to track your movement - It uses your phones GPS instead!

Once you download the app, create your profile and select Boxer Rescue Ontario as the Rescue you're supporting. Any km you move (walk, run, etc) for the month go towards BRO's total km. The more km we have, the larger share of the Rescue Pool we'll receive.

All you have to do is turn the app on before you get moving to help support Boxer Rescue Ontario!


For more information visit www.resqwalk.com or click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Don't forget to turn on ResQwalk while you're hunting for Pokemon!


Did you know that you can donate your Canadian Tire Money to Boxer Rescue Ontario? We are very close to running out of Canadian Tire Money that has been donated. Your donation will allow us to buy items such as dog toys, leashes, collars, bowls, food, crates, cleaning supplies, etc.

No matter the amount, your donation can help make a difference and will be greatly appreciated.

You can drop off your donation to any one of our events held throughout Ontario. If you would like to mail it to us, please contact us here and we will provide instructions.

Thank you!

Until there are none, rescue one!


About Us

Boxer Rescue Ontario is a nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to placing abandoned, injured or lost Boxers in loving homes. We work with other rescue groups, shelters, veterinarians, breeders and the public to promote responsible pet ownership in and around Ontario. Learn more about Boxer Rescue Ontario.


Boxer Rescue Ontario always needs additional foster homes. Without the support of these nurturing safehouses, our program would fail. The foster homes we do have are generally stocked to their maximum capacity and the unfortunate truth is that when we are full, dogs sometimes pay needlessly with their lives. It’s a heartbreaking fact, but with commitment and love you can help. What is involved with fostering?

Our Mission

Boxer Rescue Ontario  rescues, fosters and adopts out Boxers all across Ontario. We are a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to placing abandoned, injured or lost Boxers in loving homes. We work with other rescue groups, shelters, veterinarians, breeders and the public to promote responsible pet ownership in and around Ontario. If you want to make a difference in a life of a  boxer in search of a new home please consider:  adoption, fostering, volunteering or making a donation.

Together we can make a difference in the life of one of our wonderful boxers!!



Adding one of these sprightly characters to your family will bring you laughter and the best kind of companionship. If you make the wonderful decision to adopt, you will be asked to pay a nominal fee. Adoption fees pale in comparison to the amount of time, money and resources Boxer Rescue Ontario has already spent on routine and emergency medical treatment, housing and food.

Visit our Adopting page to learn more about the process before you apply.

How Can I Help?

Our dogs can always use your help! There are two main ways to lend your hand to Boxer Rescue Ontario: you can volunteer or donate. Donations can be made either in one-time lump sum amounts or by small amounts monthly.

If you would like to volunteer your time or any special skills or talents you possess to Boxer Rescue Ontario, please complete this application here: VOLUNTEER APPLICATION or Contact us to find out about other volunteering opportunities.

Visit our How Can I Help page to learn more about donating or volunteering.



We only accept applications for dogs listed on our Available Dogs page. When a dog’s photo is marked as “Adoption Pending”, it means we are no longer accepting applications for him and he will likely be placed in his forever home soon. Dogs listed on our Foster Dogs page are in our care but not yet available for adoption, and we are not accepting applications for them. Please do not apply for a dog listed on the Foster Dogs page. When a foster dog is ready for adoption, his name and story will appear on our Available Dogs page. That’s when we will begin accepting applications for him. You may apply for as many of our Available Dogs as you like on a single application but be sure to be specific about how your home and family meets the needs and special attributes of each dog that interests you. If your home does not suit the dog(s) for whom you are applying – for example, if you have cats and the dogs is not suitable for a home with cats - we unfortunately cannot consider your application.

Once you submit an application online, it is forwarded to our Director of Adoptions and her team for review. You should receive an automated response from us once we receive your application. However, the review process can take several weeks so please be patient! We are all volunteers and must fit our rescue duties around our own personal lives including families, pets and full-time jobs in most cases.

It is best to check our website regularly to see if a foster dog you may have been following has become available. All applications are sent to the Adoptions Committee so they can select the applicant(s) best suited for that individual dog. BRO’s goal is always to look for the best applicant for each individual dog based on his or her needs. Bear in mind that for younger, easygoing dogs, we may receive many applications so don’t be discouraged if you and your family are not chosen to provide the forever home for the dog you fell in love with on the Internet. We always have many lovely dogs looking for new and wonderful homes. So check our website out often!

Our adoption fee for dogs:  up to age 2 is $500; 2-5 years of age is $400; dogs 6 and older are $250. Since we are a volunteer organization funded entirely by contributions, we count on your continuing support as well as your adoption fees to help defray the costs of caring for our foster dogs. We would happily accept any amounts in over these minimum fees to help other dogs in our care.

We are always looking for donations too. So if you would like to help out while you are waiting for your perfect match or if you are looking for additional ways to help, please visit our Donations Page.


Make A Donation!

Support our rescue Boxers and donate!

Your donations will help bring us closer to eliminating homelessness for our dogs. You can donate any amount you choose, in a one-time lump sum or in small, monthly increments. 

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You can also easily direct your United Way donations to Boxer Recue Ontario through your workplace or community campaigns or donations made to United Way canvassers. To find out more about how to do this and the many other ways you can help Boxer Rescue Ontario, please visit our Donation page here: boxerrescueontario.com/donations


Boxer Rescue News!

Saturday, October 15 - Pet Valu, Rockland, ON
Event Date 2016-10-15
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Event Date 2016-10-15

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