About SouthPaw Boxer Rescue

SouthPaw Boxer Rescue is a non-profit Boxer rescue based out of the Charlotte, North Carolina area. We rescue boxers from animal shelters throughout North and South Carolina that have been picked up as strays and their owner never reclaimed them and ones that have been seized from neglectful or abusive situations.

We also take in boxers that have been surrendered by their owners due to circumstances beyond their control whenever we have available foster homes. Every Boxer we rescue goes to an approved foster home to begin living the good life every animal deserves.

In their foster home they receive one on one care as well as the love and attention they may have never known before coming to us. Some of these dogs lived outside prior to coming to SouthPaw Boxer Rescue but will never be kept outside again. In their foster home we learn their likes, dislikes, and temperament and we’re able to address any illnesses or behavior problems quickly. Our rescued Boxers are adopted to indoor homes only.

We thoroughly screen our applicants by checking personal and vet references and we also have a volunteer doing a home visit to see the home and meet the family that one of our Boxers will be living in. 

You must also live in North or South Carolina and be 21 years or older in order to adopt through SouthPaw Boxer Rescue. An adoption fee is required to adopt a rescued Boxer and is considered a donation.

Our adoption donations range from $200 - $500. When adopting, your adoption donation will be used to cover the part of, if not all, of your boxer’s medical care he or she received upon arriving to our rescue.

If you're interested in adopting from our rescue, please fill out an Adoption Application found here: https://form.jotform.com/210981779931064


About Boxers

Life expectancy: Average is 10 – 13 years

Temperament: Fearless, Cheerful, Devoted, Intelligent, Energetic, Loyal, Bright, Confident, Friendly, Playful, Calm, Brave, Goofy

Weight: Female: 55–64 lbs), Male: 60–70 pounds.

Colors: White, Brindle, Fawn

Notice the temperament listed above? It says ‘calm’ – well, if you have ever been around a boxer, you know this usually only applies when a boxer is sleeping or wants to cuddle with you (or ON you).

Boxers are smart dogs and learn very quickly but this takes patience and training. Unfortunately, boxers are also prone to various medical conditions that can shorten their life spans and cause for some expensive vet charges.

The following sums up owning a boxer:

They slobber; they fart; they burp; they can jump 6’ fences; they chase squirrels (and cats and birds); they love attention; they are stubborn; they don’t know personal space; they bend in half (aka kidney bean); they wiggle their butts (hence wiggle butt); they use their tails as weapons (if not docked); they give love unconditionally.


Important Information & Guides

Files Available for Download


The Two Week Shutdown

This provides a great resource for understanding the first two weeks of time with your rescue pet.

A Guide To Successful Integration

Proper Dog To Dog Introductions

A quick guide on how to properly introduce a new dog to an existing animal in your home.


What To Expect When You Foster

A helpful guide on getting started with fostering.