Our Adoption Process & Requirements

Adoption Requirements


  • You must live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are 100% volunteer based, and we rely on our volunteers to handle different parts of the application/adoption process.

  • You must be 21 years of age.

  • All pets in the household must meet the following vetting requirements:

    • All must be spayed or neutered

    • All must be up to date on required vaccinations

    • All must be on heartworm preventative

  • If you have children under 5, we need to be sure the family understands that children must respect the pets in the household.

  • Applicants that rent must provide the name and contact information for their landlord/property manager, and the landlord/property manager must provide approval for the allowance of pets in the home.

  • Dominance issues can result when two adult females are living in the same home, for that reason, we do not place our females in homes with other females.

  • We do not adopt boxers as gifts.

  • We do not adopt to homes where the boxer is expected to live outdoors.

  • We do not adopt to homes with a yard that is not enclosed by a fence. 

  • We do not adopt out of state.


Adoption Application


  • Completion of the adoption application begins the process.

  • The application can be found online at PETSTABLISHED/COWTOWN BOXER RESCUE.

  • The application will be assigned to a member of the application committee for review.

  • The application must be completed in its entirety.


Initial Review


  • Each application will be reviewed to ensure they meet the requirements listed above.

  • If necessary, the applications processor will be contacting your vet and landlord to confirm all necessary information and approvals, as well as your references.

  • Due to the volume of applications received, and the availability of your vet/landlord/references, this part of the process can take up to a week.


Home Visit


  • Once the initial application is reviewed, and all requirements are met, a Home Visit is the next step in the process.

  • This is a critical step in our process, as we will visit you in your home.

  • We use this visit to ensure the home is safe, but also to understand your wants/needs in a pet, so we can help you find the perfect addition to your family.

  • If you have pets, this visit allows us to meet your pets and get to know a little about their personality and temperament.

  • If you have children, this visit allows us to review the important behaviors that must be accepts when dogs and children live in a home.

  • We may ask a lot of questions and ask to see various areas of your home, please know this is so we can make the best decision regarding your application.

  • It is critical that all members of the family are present during the visit.



Meet & Greets


  • If approved, you will be notified by the applications team.

  • We will work with you to review our available boxers and your needs in order to determine which boxer may be the best fit for you.

  • Our goal is to ensure the best possible fit to ensure the boxer is placed into the correct home. You may find that the boxer you are interested is not a fit for your family.

  • We rely on our foster homes to provide the information on our boxers, as they live with them and have the best feel for their personality, temperament and needs in a forever home.

  • Once we match a potential boxer with you, our foster family will bring the boxer to our home to meet you/your family/your pets.

  • If you have pets in your home, we do our best to ensure a safe/controlled meeting for the dogs so the meeting is successful.

  • If we/the foster home feel the meeting was not successful, and the dog is not a good fit, please do not take it personally. We want to ensure both you/your family and our boxers have long term success.


Adoption Time!


  • Be sure you are prepared and have purchases all the necessary supplies needed to make your boxer’s transition is a success; such as food, treats, food/water bowls, collar/leash and crate if needed.

  • All adoption contracts and fees are process electronically. We may take care of the contract/fee prior to or on the day of the adoption.

  • All vet records will be provided after the adoption is complete.

Your Donation Is Appreciated

We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and our group is made up of 100% volunteers. These are the amazing people that care for the abused, homeless, unwanted, and sick boxers that we take into the rescue. 


We rely solely on our adoptions, private donations, fundraisers and events to help fund all the medical treatments, training and all the other expenses that come with rehabilitation. 

© 2018 Cowtown Boxer Rescue

Dallas - Fort Worth, TX

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