"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

Mylo Needs Our Help!

October 19th!

Well the day has come to give Mylo's story a happy ending which many times through this ordeal we were not sure it was going to turn out this way. There are no words to express the gratitude we feel to the vets Dr Z of Joshua Creek Animal Hospital and Dr. John of Caledon Mountain Vet Hospital - without them we would not have been able to save Mylo's life.

Lastly, we have to thank everyone of our supporters for sending in prayers and donations because without them we could not have helped Mylo and his family be brought back together again.

Mylo's family wanted to share this with everyone so we knew how they felt:

"Hello Katrina, BRO and facebook family! My husband and I were able to pick up our sweet baby Mylo from Dr. Z at Joshua Creek on Monday. What an exciting and emotional time! We know we have a long road to recovery, but this would not be possible without all of your helping hands (our secret angels).

Mylo's long journey home went well. My boys, Matthew and Dylan were very happy to see their 4 legged friend (brother) home, even with 1 leg and 1 hip are still in the healing process. The boys have been very good to Mylo, making sure he has enough TLC, blankets, water and food, etc ....

We would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Z and her wonderful staff, for taking Mylo under their wings and taking care of him the way each of you personally did.

Also a big thank you to Dr. John and staff for placing Mylo in your helping hands so he could get the new hip his body so needed, in order for him to have a good quality of life, as he has many more years with my family.

Thank you to all of our BRO family, without you Mylo would not have had a chance and this whole miracle would not have happened.

Personally I need to say a special thanks to you Katrina! Your endless support with our conversations (good and bad) concerning Dr Z and Dr Johns reports/updates, overwhelming facebook supporters, and the team that you have, namely the beautiful people I have met Michele, Laura, Jane and Cindy .... are like a dream come true! I can't believe the friendships that have been built over whome we call - Miracle Mylo or M and M for short!

All of this overwhelming support has made me a true believer that there is far more good people than bad in the world. We just need a chance to pass by each other.

From our family to all of you, thank you so much for everything you have done. I have sent a couple of updated photos so everyone can see how well Mylo is and will be! xoxox"

You can see more of Mylo's going home photos here.

October 11th:

Mylo has now been transported to Dr. John so he can work his magic fixing Mylo's pelvis.

October 5th:

Mylo resting comfortably in his crate waiting until next Tuesday when he travels to the specialist.

October 4th update on Mylo!

Please help Mylo and his family have a great thanksgiving!

Earlier this week we were given bad news concerning Mylo and we honestly thought we would have to make an announcement telling you all we would be crossing him over the rainbow bridge.

Late Sunday afternoon Dr. Z informed us that after doing further x-rays on Mylo's left hip it was found to be shattered. This, along with the damage to his front leg and his other back leg having a partial tear we thought we had reached the end of hope, but we still consulted a specialist just in case.

Well, the specialist has informed us that he believes he can make Mylo fully mobile again and will reduce the cost of surgery if we can come up with the rest.

This is why once again we are coming to you - we have already spent over $800.00 on emergency vet fees and then following that x-rays, dressings, medication and pain meds at Joshua Creek so the fees go up daily - BUT there is hope now.

If you are able to donate anything to help Mylo please make a donation here.

October 2nd Pupdate:

Dr. Z has been working with Mylo throughout the weekend and we would like to share with you where he stands at this point. On Friday we were worried because he had fluid on his lungs and abdomen and sediment in his bladder. We are happy to report he is now breathing normally, the fluid on his abdomen is reducing and he is able to go to the bathroom normally. These are all good signs for the issues he was having internally.

Our main concern now are his legs. His front leg was degloved and possibly has damage to the joint. This week will be a waiting game to see if he is able to keep his leg. This week Mylo will be receiving dressing changes as we wait and hope the leg will heal. It will not be until the end of this week that we will be able to determine if Mylo’s front leg needs to be amputated. Dr. Z also performed a test today to determine how his back leg was functioning. The results are a bit concerning with the possibility that Mylo may have a torn ACL on his back leg. We will be calling in a specialist to look at his back leg and front wrist to determine what our options are next. We want to thank everyone who has donated so far. We have raised enough money to cover his treatment up to this point but with constant vet care this week and a specialist appointment we are still in need of funds. If you are able to donate anything to help sweet Mylo please make a donation here.

September 30th:

BRO received a call the afternoon of September 29th from a family that needs all of our help!

Mylo, a 2 year old boxer has been hit by a van after following his boys to the bus stop - he never left the driveway before, but for some reason he crossed the road this time. Mylo's vet could not deal with his injuries so he was transferred to an emergency hospital to get the care he required.

The family tearfully called BRO for help as they could not afford all the care he would need and the only other option was to euthanize him. His family recently spent a lot of money on another family dog that had a lymphoma and has since passed so this accident happened at a very bad time financially for them.

BRO has now had Mylo transported to our vet after having him kept comfortable at the emergency clinic overnight, but preliminary reports are that Mylo has:
a- degloved right leg with possible damage to the joint
b - Fluid on his lungs
c - Fluid in his abdomen
d - sediment in his bladder
e - numerous cuts and abrasions

Dr Z is working on him as we are writing this up and that will mean xrays, bloodwork, dressings and medications to start so we are asking for your help to cover the costs which will add up quickly.You can follow Mylo's story in his facebook album here.

If you can give anything for this sweetheart please make a donation here.

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.

United Way Campaign 2016

It's very easy to direct your United Way contribution to Boxer Rescue Ontario.  When a canvasser asks for a donation or any other United Way fundraising campaigns that you are involved in either at your workplace or in your community, just request that you'd like your contribution to go to Boxer Rescue Ontario. Many of our friends already fundraise for us in their communities or at their place of business by requesting friends or colleagues to direct their United Way funds to Boxer Rescue. You can help too!

To direct your contributions to us, all you have to do is give them our full registered name and our registered charity number as follows:

  • Full Registered Name: Boxer Rescue Ontario
  • Registered Charity Number: 85881 6283 RR0001

Our Most Recent Adoptees



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!

Sunday, November 6 - Petsmart Grand Opening, Toronto,ON
Event Date 2016-11-06
Saturday, November 12 - Petsmart Adoption Weekend, Whitby, ON
Event Date 2016-11-12

Read more about these events and check out our other events and news entries.

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