Adoption Process and Requirements
Step 1: Review Adoption Requirements
- You must be 21 years of age
- All current pets in the household MUST be spayed/neutered and current on shots (yes, we do call and verify this information).
- As a general rule, we do not adopt to families with children under the age of 5, however exceptions are made on a case by case basis. Applicants with children under 10 will be required to answer additional questions. This policy is strictly for the protection of our boxers and our adoptive families. Click here for more information.
- Applicants that rent must provide Landlord contact info. NCBR requires verbal landlord approval for all renters.
- Due to dominance issues, We do NOT adopt female boxers into homes with other large breed female dogs.
- We do not adopt out dogs as gifts.
- All pets must be INDOOR companions!
- NCBR does not adopt out of state.
If you are a family with children under the age of 10, please review our policies regarding adoption by clicking here.
Step 2: The Application
The adoption process begins when you complete our online adoption application. You must answer all of the questions honestly and accurately, using as much detail as you'd like. You also must include your physical home address, NOT a P.O. Box.
Due to resource constraints, we cannot answer any questions about our available dogs until you have completely filled out the adoption application. If you have submitted an application and want to find out the status, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCBR dogs are placed into homes that best meet the needs of the dog(s). NCBR does not operate on a "first come, first serve" basis. While we do our best to ensure a fair chance of adopting the dog of your choice, that is not always possible due to suitability and/or other applicants that may be farther along into the adoption process that are interested in the same dog.
STEP 3: The Application Fee
NCBR's application committee will begin to process your application once the $25.00 application fee has been received. This fee is non-refundable. Please be sure to read NCBR's adoption process and requirements as this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Please use the "add to cart" button below to pay the application fee. If you wish to mail in your application fee, please note that your application will not be processed until the check has been received and cleared, therefore, in doing so will increase the time it takes to process your application.
Why do I have to pay an application fee?: NCBR receives on average 20-30 applications each week. Our adoption application is just the first of several steps in assuring proper placement into a responsible and hopefully permanent home.
Processing applications takes a lot of volunteer time and over the years many applicants would start the process only to stop mid stream or in many cases not ever respond to our initial contact. Due to limited volunteer resources, we started the application fee to limit the number of applications coming in that were not serous about adoption. This has also helped to speed up the process for those that are indeed serious about adopting.
Charging the application fee has been very successful in helping to assure that applicants are serious and has saved our volunteers a lot of valuable time.
STEP 4: The Preliminary Screening
Once you have submitted the application and your application fee has been received, you will be contacted by a member of our applications team via e-mail to let you know that it has been received and is being processed. We will then contact your vet and landlord references (if applicable) and may ask you to answer additional questions regarding your application. The preliminary screening can take up to a few weeks depending upon how quickly we are able to obtain the information we need and/or how many applications are flowing through the system at that particular time. Once the preliminary screening has been completed and approved, you will be contacted by one of our home visitors to schedule your visit.
STEP 5: The Meet & Greet
NCBR will work with you to determine which of our dogs would be the best potential matches for you and your particular situation. We will coordinate with the foster homes to set up private meet & greets with you and your family (furry members, included) and/or you can attend one of our adoption events to meet multiple dogs at one time.
We focus our efforts on making the best possible placement for both the family and the dog based on the needs and desires of each. As such, we do not operate on a first come first served basis when it comes to placing a particular dog. Our foster families know these dogs better than anyone and are very well equipped to know what type of situation and/or environment in which they would do best. We rely very heavily on their input and give them final approval regarding the permanent placement of their foster dogs. If the foster home does not feel your situation is the best fit for the dog, please don't take it personally. It will be better for you and the dog in the long run if we take care to make the right placement in the beginning.
* Please note: You must be willing to travel to the home of the foster family to visit the dog.
STEP 6: The Home Visit
The Home Visit is a very important part of the application process as it helps us to better understand what you want and need in a canine companion. The information we gather during the visit is critical in helping us make the best possible placement for everyone involved. It is not meant to be an overly invasive or stressful situation, but rather an open dialogue between you and NCBR. We will ask lots of questions, request to see the areas of the home that the dog will have access to, and complete an inspection of your fence to make sure there are no areas in need of repair. We welcome and encourage your questions and active participation during the visit as well, and we do require that every member of your household be present.
When the visit is complete, the home visitor will submit a standardized report which will be reviewed by the applications team. You will be notified of your application status within 3 days of that happening. If you haven't heard from NCBR within that time frame, please feel free to email us at email@example.com to request an update.
STEP 7: Adoption Day
Adoption Day is an exciting day for all of us! Please be prepared to bring your new Boxer home by having purchased the supplies needed to make the transition as easy as possible for your family and the dog. Elevated food and water bowls, high quality dog food, treats, a crate (if necessary), a collar and a leash are recommended.
It is at this time that you will sign the adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. Adoption fees are tax deductible and include all current vaccinations, heartworm test & treatment (if necessary), health exam, fecal test and deworming (if necessary), spay/neuter and microchipping.
Please remember that the adoption fee is not for the purchase of a dog, but rather to help cover the medical costs of ALL of the dogs in our care.
How long does this process usually take?
The application process can take some time. We don't rush the placements of our Boxers as we need to ensure that the appropriate dog is placed into the most suitable environment so that everyone is happy with the end result.
It is also important to remember that we are ALL volunteers who have families, jobs, etc. We do our very best to make sure things move along quickly, and we request your patience and understanding if things aren't moving as quickly as you'd like. If you have questions or concerns during the application process, please email us so that we can address them appropriately.
What happens after the adoption?
Part of the NCBR adoption contract will dictate that you schedule communication with us, and this must be done at the end of the first month. There are several reasons for this. One, so we can ensure all is going well, the dog and family are adapting and that there are no issues that need to be addressed. Also, our foster families put a lot of time and love into their foster dogs and communicating with the new homes helps foster families ensure that the dog is happy, healthy and being properly cared for.
So, do you think you're ready to adopt?
Complete an Adoption Application