2015 In Review
MABTR is excited to start a new year. 2015 brought us new rewards, challenges, and new friends and fans.
We could not have saved the 381 lives we did without all of you. Thank you!!
We are proud to state that we rescued 111 puppy mill survivors in 2015. That is 29% of our intake.
MABTR prides itself on the ability to give commercial breeder (puppy mill) dogs a second chance at life. Unfortunately we saw a large increase in owner surrenders as well as shelter releases in 2015. 2016 looks to be just as busy, sad to report, as we already have taken in 7 bostons in the first four days of January.
Whether it is....
-donating $5 or $100 or a harness
-transporting a dog from Des Moines, IA to Kansas City, MO or to a vet appointment
-babysitting a dog for a night til his next leg of his transport or a foster opens up
-fostering a dog for two weeks or two months
-spreading the word to friends and family to ADOPT, Don't shop
-adopting a new forever friend
...All these acts of kindness and more allow us to make a difference in the lives of these precious bostons.
Below is our 2015 Financial Report.
2016 Goals for MABTR
With every successful organization there are goals to be achieved in order for our mission to be accomplished. MABTR's family and efforts will continue to grow and accomplish the following goals in 2016.
- Look for new community fundraising events to participate in to gain new followers/supportors.
- Build on existing relationships with event sponsors.
- Improve our marketing/advertisement around MABTR sponsored events in order to increase attendance.
- Increase our email base including fosters, volunteers, transporters and adopters.
- Implement the Boston Boo event in Kansas City, MO.
Establish and continue to build relationships with businesses, shelters and rescues.
Create a foster training program that will provide the knowledge and tools that will assist in working with behavior problems that will also lend itself for a positive experience between the fosters and the rescue.
Increase our online appearance by having an active Instagram account
- Fill the following open positions:
- Event Coordinator Assistant in St Louis - assist the event coordinator in building relationships with local businesses and help in planning monthly events.
- Instagram Admin - create and run a MABTR page with a minimum of one post a day.
(if you have an interest in one of these positions please email email@example.com for additional details)
to Chuck and Don's!
Thank you Chuck & Don's! They have always been a great partner to MABTR, but December was an extra special month. Their store in Centennial, CO hosted multiple events in the month of December for us. They also choose us to be the rescue that would receive 5% of their sales on Sunday, December 6th. With all these events we made $917 for our medical fund. Chuck & Don's is a national store. We hope you will check them out if there is a store in your neighborhood! Check them out!
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Watching your pet struggle with a health condition that does not seem to be improving, no matter which treatments are performed, can make you feel helpless.
Fortunately, more and more veterinarians are gaining access to a treatment that appears to speed the healing process in pets with certain chronic and acute conditions-hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Although many animal hospitals are not yet equipped to administer hyperbaric oxygen therapy to pets, the trend is spreading quickly and will likely reach a veterinary clinic near you in the future.
So what exactly is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and how can it potentially help your pet?
The Basics of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the human or animal patient is placed inside a hyperbaric chamber, where they inhale 100 percent oxygen, compared to the 21 percent normally present in the air we breathe. In addition, the air pressure in the chamber is about one-and-a-half to three times that of the normal atmosphere.
During a typical session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the patient spends anywhere from 3 minutes to 2 hours inside the hyperbaric chamber. Breathing the highly oxygenated air is believed to reduce swelling, speed wound healing, control infections more effectively, and reduce the pressure caused by injuries to the head or spinal cord.
This medical intervention has been around for humans since the 17th century, but began to be more widely used in the mid-19th century. Some physicians performed surgeries inside hyperbaric chambers, and others used the chambers to treat conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, and stroke. Since then, thousands of hospitals have acquired hyperbaric chambers to treat a variety of medical issues.
Finally, those health benefits are being passed on to animals with more and more veterinary schools and animal hospitals treating patients using hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Adopting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Veterinary Use
Because of hyperbaric chambers' ability to reduce swelling and expedite wound healing, more veterinarians are installing the chambers in their practices. Even the renowned University of Florida Small Animal Hospital has installed a hyperbaric chamber and used it to treat animals, including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, and a monkey.
According to the University of Florida, its veterinarians use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a variety of chronic and acute conditions including:
- Swelling-post-operative, crush injuries, snake bite, burns
- Trauma-internal, head, spinal cord
- Non-healing wounds
- Smoke inhalation
- Carbon monoxide toxicity
Universities are not the only places to use hyperbarics for animal patients. In October 2011, Dr. Andrew Turkell's AAHA-accredited
Calusa Veterinary Center
became one of fewer than approximately two dozen American veterinary hospitals to install a hyperbaric chamber.
Turkell shared the story of a dog that came in with a problematic wound that had not healed in almost a year. After 10 sessions in the chamber, Turkell's staff sent the dog home, fully healed, he said.
"A month later, he (the dog's owner) came back and said, 'I want the dog to go back in the chamber for another 10 treatments, because when he came home his arthritis seemed to be so much better,'" Turkell said.
Veterinary Hyperbaric Chambers Still Rare, but Spreading Quickly
Hyperbaric chambers are still rarely found in veterinary hospitals, but the popularity of the treatment will increase when more hospitals integrate chambers into their practices because of reported health benefits. Some pet insurance providers are even beginning to cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
While there might not be an animal hospital near you that is equipped with a hyperbaric chamber, keep hyperbaric oxygen therapy in mind as something that could potentially benefit your pet's health in the future.
Adoptable Dog of the Month
My name is
I am 10 years old and weigh 12 pounds (I could use an extra couple of pounds). I need a new home because I was found as a stray. I am being fostered in Wentzville, MO.
I only have one eye because when I was found, it was damaged and could not be saved. I have adjusted just fine with having one eye.
I am very friendly - I was very likely someone's pet and got lost.
I am extremely loving and a great example of
man's best friend.
~*~Eligible for the Golden Paws Program!!!~*~
Adopters 60 yrs and older adopting a dog 7 yrs and older get $50 off the adoption fee !!!
Q: What is the life expectancy for Bostons?
The Boston Terrier is endowed with a long life expectancy of an average of 14 years. Most of its health problems are associated are not as serious and complicated, with the ability to be corrected (cataracts, luxating patellas, allergies). However, the most common cause for health decline is kidney and heart disease, cancer, and seizures. Other health issues that Bostons face, however again can be addressed, are tumors and low thyroid. To learn more about Bostons and their health visit our page.
Like all breeds, one cannot predict how long our four-legged friend will be with us, so we will make every day a special one!
Alumni Feature - Wellie
I adopted Wellie (the BUG formerly known as Precious) in August of 2014. MABTR was suggested to me by several members/volunteers who knew I was looking for a Boston. My original application said I was only looking for a purebred adult. The second I saw this brindle bundle of joy, I knew she was the one. Wellie was ~4 months old when she came to her forever home and we have been best friends ever since.
She is an extremely active little girl who has a ton of friends both two and four-legged. We walk several times a day and average 3-5 miles a day. We live by a great fenced in ballfield for off-leash playtime with her friends. We also live a block from a trailhead where we can go on a 3, 5 or 7-mile hike with great views of the Rockies.
Not only is she incredibly fit at a ripped 20.7 pounds, but I am in the best shape of my life. We have an incredible life together, as we have saved each other. Thank you to all of our friends at MABTR..
This is a great game because regardless of your football knowledge you can play and win! Winners are randomly selected so all players have an equal chance of winning. $2.00 gives you a chance to win - AND half of the money collected will go to the winners & the other half to MidAmerica Boston Rescue!
Click here for more information on how to enter!
Thank You for Your Donation!
$600 in honor of Carol and Dennis Duffy
$150 in memory of Stella
$130 in honor of Alexis Morgan
$100 in memory of Belle
$100 in honor of Blue
$100 in honor of Wojo
$50 in memory of Archie
$30 in honor of Winnie
$30 in honor of Levi AKA Mr. Tickles
$30 in honor of Avery Lynne
$30 in honor of Blind Jim
$20 in honor of Daisy and Brock
$20 in memory of our baby girl Belle
Bethany and Zachary R
$500 Kelly Family Foundation, Diamond Animal Health
$330 Happy Tails Books
$325 Robert G.
$250 Danielle P., Dan M.
$200 Cynthia A.
$120 Raymond N
Lynn E., Sheri M., Nicole A., Susan C., Pam M.,Tammie P., Linda C., John B., Cynthia C., Kimberly K., Christine R., Chris T., Kenneth S., Kelly B.
$84 Daniel C.
$60 Cynthia K.
$50 Joanne H., Dennis D.,Agnes K., R. Shutts, Aaron T., Thomas C., Catherine L., Audrey C., Caroline W., Karen L., Candace L., Jesse H., Brian K.
$35.96 Allstate Giving
$34 Marilyn D., Bonnie N.
Lori L., Leslie M., Kelly B., Karla P., Nicholas E-T.
$25 Charity C., Mary S., Terri D.
$20 Heather P., Susie M., Kimberly O., Edward K., Sara S., Matthew S., Pam M., Michael M., Ashley H., Heidi P., AT&T, Mandi G.
$16 Tina E.
$15 Brandie R.
$14 Nancy H.
$12 Susan S.
$10 Diana L., Angela C., Katherine F., Ann A., Robin B., Angela P., Matt D., Lisa B., JoAnn F., Veronica Z., Gerald P., Marsha H.
$5 Angie V., Catherine H.
All donations are tax deductible!
Wall of Fame
(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:
- Wells Fargo
- MidAmerica Energy Holding Comp.
- CNA Surety
- 8z Real Estate
- Great Western
- Thrivent Financial
- Western Union
- United Way
20 Bostons rescued
381 Bostons rescued in 2015!
2,843 Bostons rescued Nov 2005 to date!
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
" "breed" rescue"
Leaving an animal outside in cold weather in inhumane. Bring outside animals in and do not allow indoor pets outside for more than a few minutes.
Congrats to Walter Z
of AR who won the Boston puzzle, which raised
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monthly Raffle for January
Boston Terrier Handmade Quilt
handmade, one of a kind quilt is made of double cotton fabric and measures 81 inches long x 53.5 inches wide.
Other online shopping networks that give back to MABTR with each of your purchases are:
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!
"Keep their memories close to your heart and remember in another time, in a beautiful place, you will see them again."
Gemma 6/09 - 12/15
Magoo 9/07 - 12/15
Sarge 9/04 - 12/15
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?
Our rescue organization has a very hard-working and dedicated crew of volunteers committed to improving the lives of Boston Terriers and Boston mixes across 13 states.
If you are interested in helping please email your interest and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also make sure to add yourself to our email list by clicking here. Include your state so you get the proper notices.
You're in for a rewarding experience! Opportunities to help include:
- Newsletter articles
- Volunteer at local events
in CO and MO
Celebration of the Dog in St. Louis, MO
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.
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.
Win-win for MABTR and the dogs!
Allow a Boston to Hitch a Ride
Many of us travel for business or pleasure by car. We are looking for you to help us transport a dog from one state to the next to get him/her into foster care or towards their forever home.
Share with us your travel plans even those scheduled in the future. Email email@example.com your starting and ending location, date of travel, and your name and phone number. We file the travel schedule and if the need approaches we will contact you with details.
The doggies thank you for allowing them to hitch a ride!!!!!
Remember that you can write off at tax time your gas or mileage when transporting our Bostons.