It has been a great and successful year with lots of wonderful support and many lives saved. We hope you will choose to be part of this journey with us once again going into 2019
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Happy New Year!
YEAR IN REVIEW
MABTR 2018 Finances & 2019 Goals
MABTR is excited to start a new year. 2018 brought us new rewards, challenges, milestones, and new friends and fans.
In 2018 we saved 273 lives.
Thank you to everyone involved as this would not have been possible without you!!
We are proud to state that we rescued 157 puppy mill survivors in 2018. That is 57.5% of our 2018 intake. This is a 19% increase from previous years. We are finding with the decline in pet stores that breeders are not slowing down production so puppies are landing at the puppy mill auctions, which MABTR attends. Of the 157 saved, 95 were Bostons under the age of one year old. The number of puppies at the auctions in 2018 has been extreme and these numbers have never been so high as they were this year. A few auctions this year had 50 plus Boston puppies up for bid. Note that MABTR has a reasonable cap per vendhead and remember those Bostons that MABTR does not save land in the hands of the next breeder. When we attend an auction we bid on all Bostons regardless of age, gender or color. They all deserve a second chance and a better life than what lies ahead.
MABTR prides itself on the ability to give commercial breeder (puppy mill) dogs a second chance at life.
Click here to learn more about puppy mills.
Our second largest intake for 2018 were owner surrenders at 32%. 87 dogs that were handed over to us by their owners or MABTR solicited them as they were selling their dog online (i.e. craigslist, Facebook). This is a 12% drop from last year. We encourage families that are in the position of needing to rehome their dog (after training has been exhausted) to please consider rescue services. Remember people will tell you what you want to hear in order to get your dog even if they are not the right home.
Our last category for intakes are those from a shelter. MABTR took in 29 dogs from local shelters; this is a drop from previous years. We continue to build relationships with local shelters as we know not all dogs will thrive in such an environment and space is always an issue. We take in those that are deemed unadoptable due to health or behavior and when the shelter is in need of space.
MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue is run by volunteers with caring hearts. We are funded completely by donations, and we can't achieve our mission alone.
Not one person in the MABTR family is paid for their work even Jennifer, the founder.
from kind people like you sustain us with the financial support necessary to care for the hundreds of homeless Bostons we take in every year. Donations and volunteer help are both crucial to our existence. Click here to make a monetary donation today so our work continues successfully.
There are also other ways, other than money, that you can make a difference in these precious lives.
Whether it is....
-babysitting a dog for a night til his next leg of his transport or a foster opens up
-spreading the word to friends and family to ADOPT, Don't Shop
...All these acts of kindness and more allow us to make a difference in the lives of these precious Bostons.
2018 Financial Report
*We currently have 14 dogs in foster (up for adoption or not ready to be placed). $10,510 of uncollected adoption fees are from those still in foster care and for adoption fees yet to be collected (this could due to the dog still in their trial period or adopter is past due).
We experienced a 6% increase in medical expenses. We saw a large increase in high medical bills and medical challenges of these wonderful souls.
A new stat shared this year is our lives lost. We had to say good-bye to 11 Bostons (4% of our intake) that came into rescue in 2018 but never were adopted out for various reasons. This number has always been a small percentage of our intake. Six dogs that came in during 2018 remain in hospice care.
A big THANK YOU to our event coordinators across multiple states that helped raise 31% of our cash flow and to our monetary donors that make up 28% of our cash flow. Adoption fees do not come close to covering medical costs.
With every successful organization there are goals to be achieved in order for our mission to be accomplished together. MABTR's family and efforts will continue to grow and accomplish the following goals in 2019.
- Grow our foster homes. Always at the top of our list. MABTR cannot operate without foster homes. The more foster homes we have, the more Boston Terriers we can save. We are actively seeking foster families in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Click here to learn about fostering.
- Build our volunteer base. Volunteers are needed in the areas of helping at local events and transporting.
- Implement new fundraising opportunities (i.e. Monthly Auction)
- Redesign the Boston Bay shopping page (continues from 2018 goals)
- Fill the following open positions:
- St Louis, MO Event Coordinator - to schedule, plan and execute MABTR associated events in the St Louis area. This individual will need to plan to attend all scheduled events.
If you have an interest in one of these positions please email email@example.com for additional details.
What is tax deductible for 2018?
MABTR is a 501c3 organization. All donations of any size made in 2018 are tax deductible. This includes miles driven during transporting, items (used or new) donated to be used in foster care (harness, leash, towels, medication, etc) or for raffle/auction items, and monetary donations of any amount.
NOT tax deductible
are listed below. Simple rule of thumb is if you are getting something in return it is not tax deductible.
- adoption fees
- purchase of chances for raffle items
- purchase of an auction item
- event entrance fee
- purchase amount of items on Boston Bay
to make your generous 2019 donations in 2019
The MABTR 2019 Shirt
It is finally here and best of all now we have shirt for the children.
Shop for yours at The Boston Bay.
Click here to pre-order your shirt/s plus view all the many great items we have for sale! 2019 shirts will be mailed out in late January.
Adult short sleeve shirt sizes: XS to 4X - $18
Adult 3/4 sleeve shirt sizes: XS to 3X - $20
Child shirt size: 4T to L 14/16 - $12
-prices above do not include shipping-
for more details and to order!
Low thyroid is very common in the Boston breed and many times is overlooked by both the owner and the vet.
The most common signs of low thyroid in dogs include:
- A lack of energy and enthusiasm
- Mental dullness
- Weight gain without a change in appetite
- Obesity, difficulty losing weight
- Cold intolerance
- Loss and thinning of fur, increased shedding
- Thickening of the skin
- Slow / difficulty recovering from an injury or surgery
How to diagnose: the only way to know what your dog's thyroid levels are is through bloodwork. The recommended test is a T4. Some vets will include a TSH level test as well.
The first thin
g MABTR looks at is the coat and hair along the back of the legs. A thin coat and bald back legs is a key sign for us to test the thyroid.
Normal range starts at 1.0. Many vet will see test results between 1.0 and 1.4 and state that the thyroid is fine. It is import
ant to note that thyroid levels vary throughout the day and when the blood is drawn. MABTR rule, especially when presented with the above symptoms, is if we have a test result of 1.4 or lower we automatically place the dog on medication because more likely there are points in the day that it drops below 1.0.
For Bostons with juvenile cataracts, we always test the thyroid event when symptoms do not present themselves as low thyroid and juvenile cataracts are usually paired up.
Treatment: Levothyroxine, the same medication humans take for low thyroid, is used. Given either once or twice a day. Strongly recommended that once the medication is started that you retest in 30 days to ensure proper dose. If thyroid is in the normal range then retesting is only required once a year.
This medication can be purchased through your vet or at a human pharmacy with a prescription from your vet. It is a very inexpensive drug to give your dog and some pharmacy have a discount program that will include this drug
If not treated:
There is no excuse not to treat low thyroid. The drug cost on average is $10 a month. Low thyroid impacts your dog's body to heal in a timely manner after an injury or surgery. If not treated your dog will eventually face mental decline, heart disease, decreased lung function, and abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland.
Looking for a good place to get your dog's prescriptions online?
We are often asked if we have a recommendation for an online store for dog medication.
MABTR uses https://www.allivet.com and highly recommends it. Great prices, easy to set up auto shipping that offers a discount and they work with your vet on prescription medications.
New this year:
Monthly Raffle and Auctions
Raffles will be presented in Jan, May, July and Sept.
- Ticket sales will go from the 1st of the given month through the 25th day with the winner announced on the 26th day.
- One raffle item during the scheduled month.
- 6 chances for $5.
- The more you buy the better the price.
- Will ship U.S. only. MABTR covers the cost of shipping
Auctions will take place in Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct and Nov
- Auction items will be posted on Facebook only (link will be shared at the start of the auction).
- We est 20-30 Boston-themed items during each auction except for April with 100+ items
- The auctions are during during the third week of given months.
January fundraiser - Afghan Raffle
- one of a kind, handmade afghan. Measures 72 x 62 inches
Click here to view the schedule and purchase your chances for the January afghan. Good luck!
- February - Artwork
- March - Jean quilt RAFFLE
- April - Variety of items (our annual auction with 100+ items)
- May - Rag blanket RAFFLE
- June - Pillows
- July - T-shirt quilt RAFFLE
- August - Blankets and Towels
- September - Afghan RAFFLE
- October - Holiday items
- November - Clothing and Bags
If it is too cold outside for you
then it is too cold outside for your dog
MABTR is always asked if we have a preferred sweater for our Bostons Our choice is the Stretch Fleece by Gold Paw.
1. The spandex material allows it to stretch to fit tightly on the dog. For male dogs no hanging material underneath to get wet during potty breaks.
2. It allows for the harness to be worn over it comfortably. 3. Lastly it does not stretch out loosing it's fit or shape. We have dogs wearing it 24/7 and a week later looks as if you just put it on. Most bostons fit in a size 14
Some stores and online shops also carry them
Adoptable Dog of the Month
Hi, my name is Otis. I am 11 years old and weigh 16 pounds. I need a new home because I was not able to adjust having children in the home. I am being fostered in St. Charles, MO.
I am a splash - a white Boston with colored markings.
I love cuddles, riding in the car, playing, treats, walking outside, and sleeping with my foster parents.
I have been trained on simple commands. I have a very loving heart and a good bill of health from my vet.
I get along with any dogs, other people, strangers, and older children.
Do not let my age fool you as I still love to play!
I am not good around young children, as I startle easily.
I need a loving, secure home with lots of cuddles.
***Eligible for the Golden Paws Program!***
Adopters aged 60+ years who adopt a dog aged 7+ years get $50 off the adoption fee!
"We adopted Fiona from MABTR in October 2017. We were not really sure what to expect, but she fit Into our family right away like she knew this is where she was supposed to be. She has brought so much joy to our life and also to her adopted brother Pugsley.
We like to say her name fits her perfect as she is like a little princess. Some of her favorite things are laying in the sun, playing and snuggling with Pugsley, curling up under the covers for a good nap, chewing on a bone or tearing the stuffing out of her toys and trying to make friends with the neighbor rabbits - no luck with that yet.
Fiona has such a special place in our heart. We can't imagine our life without her. Thank you to MABTR for bringing Fiona into our life we can't imagine it without her.
- Somer W
Thank You for Your Donation!
$500 in honor of Julie Poole
$200 in memory of Ruby
$100 in memory of Katie Lusher
$100 in memory of Kenneth Seary
$75 in honor of the Smith family
$50 in memory of Sophia and Sydney
$45 in honor of Phog
$40 in memory of Richard Robert
$30 in honor of my Boston, Bentley
$20 in honor of Jeana Lyles
Tuesday giving match
$1,239 Thrivent Choice
$848 Chris D
$592.68 Community S
hares of CO
$500 Kathy B
$360 Haley S
$300 Robert G
$120 Raymond N
$100 William M, Eastern NE Boston Club, Liza M, Lori S, Tom C, Michelle H, IA Companion Animal Support Assoc
$90 James M
$50 Barb C, Carol D, Cheryl B, Paula S, Kathy B, Mary B, Audrey C, Caroline W, Dennis D, Rick D, Laurie B, Martie W, Aaron T
$30 Cynthia K, Lori L, Leslie M, Karen L, Carol N, Paul M, Facebook
$25 Target, Charlene W, Charity C, Karen M, Linda F, Jordan P, Patricia M, Melissa W, Mary C
$20 Susie M, Reynolds P, Matthew S, Pam M, Sara S, Philip R, Diana Z, Michael M
$15 Annabelle H
$10 Nanette S, Angela C, Ann A, Robin B, Angela P, Mart D, Lisa B, Cindy F, Loni D, Danielle K
$5 David H
All donations are tax deductible!
Wall of Fame
Why you aren't seeing our Facebook Posts
Have you noticed that you aren't seeing our Facebook posts very often? Well it's not just you! Due to changes in the way Facebook works, less and less of our posts are showing up on your timelines. If fact, less than 5% of you see our posts daily! And sadly, this means you are missing a lot of our amazing rescue stories and videos!
The good news is Facebook has created a way around this using new settings.
Read the instructions below, go to our Facebook page and update your settings on your desktop or mobile device so you won't miss a thing!
- Visit our FB page - https://www.facebook.com/MABTR/
- Make sure you have clicked the "LIKE" button on our page.
- Click the "Follow" button.
- Under the "Following" drop down menu, select "See First" in your news feed.
- Under the "Following" drop down menu, select "On" for notifications.
And last but not least, be sure to routinely "Like", "Share" and "Comment" on our page. If Facebook doesn't see that you are interacting with our posts, they will remove us from your Facebook Feed.
Plus, by sharing our posts, you are helping our mission in educating and rehoming Bostons.
(monetary or items)
100% volunteer-driven. Your
entire donation amount goes towards rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Bostons in need in foster care.
Employer Match Programs
Did you know
that many employers will match your donation to a 501(c)3 organization? Some even pay a flat fee to the organization for volunteer hours!
Check with your human resource department for details!
A few companies we know of are:
- Pinnacol Assurance
- Wells Fargo
- MidAmerica Energy Holding Comp.
- CNA Surety
- 8z Real Estate
- Great Western
- Thrivent Financial
- Western Union
- United Way
- First National Bank
- Lockhead Martin Corporation
- Benevity: Apple, Google, ADP
- Johnson and Johnson
- United Healthcare
- Colorado toy exchange: $281
- Colorado Santa pictures: $1,603
- Kansas City Santa pictures: $336
Have upcoming travel plans? Do you have room for a four legged passenger?
MABTR is always in need of transports moving our dogs across our 13 state territory as they enter foster care or move into their forever homes
Share your travel plans with us, and if the need approaches we will be in touch.
Click here for more information.
The doggies thank you!!!
Remember that you can write off at tax time your gas or mileage when transporting our Bostons.
12 dogs rescued
273 dogs rescued in 2018!
3,621 dogs rescued since November 2005!
We ask that you help us educate the public about their options when looking for a new pet. We appreciate the fact that you are not purchasing your pet from a pet store that sells lives animals, since 98% of all puppies in a pet store come from terrible situations such as puppy mills. For more information on puppy mills visit our site and read all you need to know about puppy mills.
If you are interested in a breed other than a Boston check out the links below.
-Rescue list by breed
-Google search under
just a number
I wish applicants would make personality and behavior priority when adopting a dog but the truth is that a majority are not even interested in learning about a dog if it is out of their age range.
Remember that just because a dog is young does not guarantee he/she will live to be 14. MABTR cannot promise anyone how long a dog will live. We unfortunately have experienced the loss of a life at a very young age unexpectedly.
MABTR is not prejudiced when it comes to rescuing. A life is precious no matter
gives back to MABTR!!!
~ Your Favorite ~
And the winner is...
Angus and Peaches!!
owned by Megan S.
The next contest theme is "Funniest Places They Like to Sleep."
Should be a fun one!
Other online shopping networks that give back to MABTR with each of your purchases are:
Saving Labels to
MABTR is participating in the
Best Choice Save-A-Label Program! Not only will you help earn funds for our group, but you will also save money on your weekly grocery bill with Best Choice products!
Purchase Best Choice products at your favorite store and save the UPC (proof of purchase). MABTR will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPCs sent in.
Please send saved labels to the following address:
C/O Kristin Hashbarger 530 North Woodland Road
Olathe, KS 66061
Make a donation
in Memory of..
in Honor of...
of someone special
(human or pet)
MABTR has a program that will mail your special someone a card recognizing the individual pet or human
that your donation was made in behalf of.
Make your donation here
Boston FB Groups to 'Like' by City
Did you know
that there might be a Boston Terrier fan page on FB in your area? You should consider joining in!
Click below for the link in your area!
MABTR Main Page
"Keep their memories close to your heart and remember in another time, in a beautiful place, you will see them again."
Golden Paws for Golden Years
Did you know
that MABTR has such a program where an adoptor 60 or older adopting a Boston 7 years and older receives $50 off the adoption fee?
Local MABTR Events
Sat, Feb 2: 11am - 3pm
Chuck & Don's - 6380 S Parker Rd
Flyer to the left
KC Remodel and Garden Show
Fri, Feb 8: 10am - 9pm
Sat, Feb 9: 10am - 9pm
Sun, Feb 10: 10am - 6pm
American Royal Center, 1701 American Royal Ct
Well Animal Institute offers dental cleanings that are anesthesia-free.
So many dogs are in need of dentals; however, health concerns may deter them from getting what is needed.
Here is your solution for only $185!
For every dog that comes in and gets their teeth cleaned,
$30 goes towards a rescue.
MABTR and the dogs!