We are a non-profit animal rescue focused on rescue, re-home and education of the boxer breed in Middle Tennessee since 1990.

If you are interested in fostering, adopting, supporting, donating, or educating yourself about MTBR; you have come to the right place!


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The amazing ADG in Nashville have teamed up with MTBR to create and produce a series of MTBR art, which they are selling on their site.  10% of every MTBR specific purchase will be donated directly to our shelter!  

Boxers and Outdoors
Hello Boxer Lovers, and general dog 
people alike!  Just a friendly reminder that all animals, especially boxers with squishy faces, are sensitive to extreme heat/cold.   Just think of them as you would a child when it comes to the outdoors. If they are running and playing a lot, they would need plenty of water and shade to stay cool. If it is cold, they would need short spurts outdoors with warm bedding to warm up with indoors. 
This breed is NOT an outdoor dog...they are short haired, short airway indoor pups.


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Happy Retales Pet Supply and More, a pet retail and grooming shop in Brentwood, TN, was founded eight years ago with the mission of providing funds for animal rescue and adoption. In fact, 100% of the store's profits are donated to animal rescue.  MTBR is fortunate to be one of the rescues receiving a portion of the profits.

Please visit Happy Retales at 101 Creekside Crossing, Suite #700, Brentwood, TN.


Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue



Middle Tennessee Boxer Rescue is located in Brentwood, Tennessee - about ten miles south of Nashville. MTBR has been rescuing and placing boxers since approximately 1990. During this time, we have seen more and more boxers come into rescue as the breed becomes more and more popular.

One of the most common questions we get is, “Where do the dogs come from?” Most of the dogs come from pounds or shelters, some locally, and some from east and west Tennessee, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama.  Occasionally, we get one as an owner turn-in, but most are strays whose owners could not be found, and a few are rescued from abusive situations. Almost without exception, the dogs come into rescue through no fault of their own.  Usually, it’s due to an irresponsible or neglectful owner.

Once a boxer comes into our rescue program, it stays with us or in a foster home until a forever home can be found. Because we will not place a dog that we believe to be unsound of temperament, and because occasionally a dog will come to us extremely ill or badly injured, we do sometimes find that we need to euthanize. Otherwise, the dogs have no time limit to their stay in MTBR.

Every dog in our program gets a thorough vet check, is brought up to date on inoculations, is checked for heartworms (and treated, if it is necessary and the dog has a good chance of full recovery) and is spayed or neutered before placement in an adoptive home. If any health problems are noted that cannot be cured, the prospective adopter is given full information, so that a responsible decision can be made about adoption.

We are looking only for homes that are willing to commit to this dog for the rest of its natural life. The adopter must understand that not all health problems can be diagnosed before a dog is placed, that there will be adjustment issues (for dog and new owner), and that we expect the dog to be considered a family member. However, circumstances sometimes require that a dog must be re-homed, and if that should happen, we require that the dog be returned to us. We are always willing and available to help with advice on any problem an adopter may encounter.

Our goal is that dog and adopter forge a bond that neither would want to break. With rescue boxers, this goal is attained every day, all over the world.


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