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January 2017
MABTR 2016 Finances and 2017 Goals
MABTR is excited to start a new year. 2016 brought us new rewards, challenges, milestones, and new friends and fans.  
We could not have saved the 265 lives we did without all of you. Thank you!!
We are proud to state that
we rescued 102 puppy mill survivors in 2016. That is 38% of our 2016 intake. This is an increase over last year by 9%. 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 was from owner surrenders.  Especially from those trying to sell their pet online (i.e. craigslist).  Remember people will tell you what you want to hear in order to get your dog even if they are not the right home. 
We also experienced a huge increase in dogs that did not qualify for adoption due to health issues. We had 12 new Bostons enter our hospice program in 2016. We had to say goodbye to nine hospice dogs in 2016. We currently have 11 in the program.
MABTR has made our mission to take in and care for as many Bostons as possible, especially those who are terminally ill and need a loving place to spend their final moments. We believe that terminally ill Bostons who appear to be pain-free and desiring to live should be given the opportunity to do so in a loving environment for however long they have left.
Click here to learn more about our hospice program.
Whether it is.... 
-donating $5 or $100 or a harness 
-transporting a dog between states 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.

Since November 2005 to December 31, 2016 we have rescued 3108 dogs. In September we reached a milestone in saving over 3000 lives. Click here to view our monthly and yearly intake stats.

Below is our 2016 Financial Report.

*We currently have 20 dogs in foster care looking for forever homes*
2017 Goals for MABTR
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 2017.
  1. Build a reliable transport network between St Louis and Kansas City, MO as well as Omaha, NE and Denver, CO as these are routes MABTR struggles filling.
    1. Interested in being a driver between these two routes?  Email your name, number and city to
    2. Share your travel plans with MABTR when traveling within our 13 states coverage area by emailing name, number and travel plans to
  2. Continue to adapt new community fundraising events to participate in to gain new followers/supportors.
    1. Have an event idea?  Please share and email to
  3. Continue to improve our marketing/advertisement around MABTR sponsored events in order to increase attendance.
  4. Grow our volunteer base in Des Moines, IA in order to attend the 2017 Iowa Pet Expo
  5. Grow our foster and volunteer base in Wichita, KS
  6. Increase our foster base in the Kansas City, MO, Springfield, MO, Cedar Rapids, IA, Salt Lake City, UT, Billings, MT, and Minnesota areas.
    1. Interested in learning about our foster program? Email name and number to and visit
  7. Introduce new MABTR-sponsored events in Kansas City such as Bikers for Bostons, Boston Carnival, Boston Olympics and more. Eventually work towards one event a month.
  8. Reinstate the Boston Boo and Bingo in the Kansas City area
  9. Expand our support base with other rescues and shelters so when they get in a Boston they are comfortable reaching out to us for help
  10. Work on fund raising for a Shared Rescue Resource Center in St Louis, MO.
  11. Continue to improve relations with Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue
  12. Redesign MABTR's brochures and logo
  13. Complete a training video for foster parents
  14. Fill the following open positions:
    1. Facebook admin - this individual will be responsible in ensuring that questions get answered by either forwarding them to the proper MABTR rep or responding themselves based on knowledge. This individual must have computer access, know how to navigate through FB, good written skills and time management to check the page at least four times a week
    2. Public Relations - This individual would focus on getting MABTR signed up for grants AND finding/following up on opportunities that would give MABTR exposure (i.e. Fox4 News Dog TV special).  This position is a proactive position versus funneling all official messaging. Must have good written and verbal communication skills as well as online research skills.
    3. Alumni management admin - this individual will follow up with adopters confirming spay and neutering of puppies at the age of six months and collections of unpaid adoption fees. This individual needs to have good written and verbal skills plus access to a computer with email access and the ability to make long distance calls.
    4. Etsy admin - this person needs to be familiar with Etsy or willing to learn about Etsy to run our store. This person will post pictures of sale items, answer Etsy messages from customers, forwarding sales to the shipper and research ways to have a productive Etsy store. 
    5. Application Processor Second - this individual will work with the lead app processor to cover months when we get an overwhelming number of apps in or when the lead is on vacation.  This individual needs to have access to to a computer and email and knowledge of WORD and EXCEL.
(if you have an interest in one of these positions please email for additional details)
What donations  
to MABTR  
are Tax Deductible
Tax time is approaching and you are probably asking yourself what donations to MABTR are tax deductible.
What IS tax deductible: 
  • miles driven during transporting
  • items (used or new) donated to be used in foster care (harness, leash, towels, medication, etc) 
  • raffle/auction items
  • monetary donations of any amount.
What is NOT
tax deductible: 
-Simple rule of thumb to answer the question is if you are getting something in return it is NOT tax deductible.  For example...
  • adoption fees
  • purchase of chances for raffle items
  • purchase of an auction item
  • event entrance fee
  • purchase amount of items on Boston Bay
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 -
  • 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. 
WINTER Leads to Indoor Potty Accidents 
We know that the routine is we potty outside and not in our living space. There are ways to maintain this routine when temperatures are freezing.
1. Go outside with your dog for his potty break. 
2. Get your dog a sweater and/or booties.  Even if he will only wear it outside.  
3. If your dog does not go potty on the first break out and wants in, bring him back in the house but stand by the door to allow him to warm up for two minutes and then return back outside. This will let him know what the required routine is at that time. 
4. Do not force your dog to pee and poop on the same trip outside.  He may need to make multiple trips out to not freeze.
5. Praise your dog when he potties outside for you. Again you are there with a treat in your hand standing next to him.
6. Make the experience being outside in the cold fun. (i.e. you run around the yard, throw a stick or snowball).
7. When your dog comes back inside wipe down their feet of any moisture or snow.
8. Create a fun experience inside when he potties outside for you (i.e. cuddle time in a warm blanket with mom, cozy bed ready in front of the fireplace)
Thinking out of the box options:
1. If you have snow on the ground shovel a trail for your dog.  Why should they have to walk on snow?
2. Place tarp around your deck creating a barrier for the wind
3. A garage is considered a space outside of the living area.  This can be considered an option.  Poop is easy to pick up and wipe up the pee.  Then place hot water over the area. You can power wash the garage in the summer. Other options is laying down newspaper or puppy pads in the garage.
*Owners with outdoor pets: please reconsider finding a space in your home to allow these pets indoors when temperatures are freezing. 
MABTR Alumni - Scarlett and Candi
" I adopted Scarlett  from MidAmerica five years ago when she was five years old and newly released from a puppy mill.  She had been successfully bred over and over and hadn't really left her kennel for her lifetime.  She didn't really know what to do or how to be a dog when I brought her home.  I don't think she had ever pottied on grass, played with toys, and I waited for months to finally hear her bark!!!!  

  Over time, her little personality started coming out, and soon instead of just standing there like a statute, she was eager to start exploring the world.  I was astounded when I came home after work to find she had just debuttoned my new J Crew cardigan!  I didn't even know she had it in her.  As she was starting to get into some trouble and seemed bored home alone, I though that getting a second dog would be a good idea to keep her company since I'm single and work. 

Back to MABTR, and again, love at first sight!!!!!  I fell in love with Candi's very unusual and interesting face...wide with bright light blue eyes! (Actually a Frenchton - French Bull Dog/Boston mix.)   As I read her profile, I learned that Candi was a special needs dog due to her deafness.  That only made me love her more...I'm always a sucker for the underdog.  A deaf dog?  Why not. 

I have to admit Candi was a handful.  At the time I adopted her, she was technically still a pup....just under 2 years old.  Very playful, fun-loving, spirited but gentle dog who immediately hit it off when meeting Scarlett.  (It's like they know they are the same breed....FAMILY!!!)

Who Rescued Who?  Is such so very true to me.  I question whether I would still be here if not for the love and companionship these canines have given me.  I have been through job loss, boyfriends, moves, etc.  They are loyal to the core and always love you no matter what. 

Thank you for leading the way and all of your hard work day in and day out for such a worthy and noble cause.  Please spread the word -- I know I do -- and promote rescue.  I always tell people there is a rescue for any breed out there you can imagine.  Adopt and let's get them out of the shelters and mills, one little red dog at a time."   --Nicole A.
Adoptable Dog of the Month

Hi, my name is  Domino . I am a 10 year old female Boston mix and weigh 20 pounds with a tail. I need a new home because my owners could no longer care for me. I am being fostered in Omaha, NE. 

Who likes to play games? Anyone like dominos? I sure do! That's probably why they gave me the name.

I absolutely adore people but could really do without other dogs or cats in my life.  I'm a really great dog on my own and could be your best friend. I love to cuddle and go for long walks.

I am a very loving little girl when it comes to people however I do NOT do well with other dogs or cats. I prefer that it is just me in the house.

~~~Eligible for the Golden Paws Program~~~
 Adoptors who are 60 years old and up who adopt a dog 7 years old and up get $50 off the adoption fee!  
Ask Jennifer

Q: How can I clean my dog's ears without hurting him? Any advice on chronic ear infections?
A: There are four things to know when it comes to ears that you need to follow
  • clean using rubbing alcohol, NOT ear cleaner (rubbing alcohol evaporates)
  • know how to properly clean ears (see instructions below)
  • ears should be cleaned once every two weeks
  • recognize signs of discomfort or infection to catch any problems early (scratching the ear, shaking of the head, yelping when ear is touched, inside of ear smells and/or red)
    • have a spare tube of ear medication in your refrigerator.
    • Apply medication as soon as you recognize a potential ear infection. Being proactive will reduce treatment to three to four days. Waiting till it becomes a major program will extend treatment out to 10 to 14 days plus possibly the need for a steroid shot and visit at the vet office
Your dog's ear is more L-shaped than yours, and debris loves to collect at the corner of the L. Dirty ears are common for dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors, have allergies, or an ear infection.  Depending on your dog's ear condition, you may have to start out doing this once a week.  For dogs that have seasonal allergies they are prone to ear infections.
To clean ears properly follow these steps.   Remember you can always go to your vet or a groomers because if you are nervous so will the dog be.
  1. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and and squeeze excess liquid before placing in your dog's ear canal. Ear cleaners are NOT recommended
  2. Massage the base of the ear for 15 seconds to soften and release the debris.
  3. Remove the wet dirty cotton ball.
  4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 until you see no more debris on the cotton ball.
  5. Place a dry cotton ball into the ear to collect any moisture.
  6. Cotton swabs/Q-tips can be used to clean the inside of the earflap and the part of the ear canal you can see. They should NOT be used farther down in the ear canal since that tends to pack debris in the ear canal, rather than removing it.
Some ear problems are so painful the dog must be anesthetized to do a good job of cleaning the ears. You may find your dog does not like to have his ears cleaned because it is uncomfortable. Talking to him during the process, stopping momentarily to give him a treat if he is doing well (we do not want to reward fussiness!) and doing something fun afterwards will all help.

After the ear is clean, let the dog shake his head and allow some time for the ears to dry. Then you can apply any ear medication that was prescribed should an infection exist.

See more: Link to our FAQs here   

Thank You for Your Donation! 
$600 Kelly Family Foundation
$500  In honor of Charlie, MABTR alumni
$100 In honor of Cindy Marques, MABTR Colorado event coordinator
$100  In memory of George

In honor of Mrs. Walsh
In memory of Stella 
$50 In memory of Leo Cornelio 
$40 In memory of Rocky Martin 
$25 In honor of my sister, Linda Jackson 
$1000 Donna M
Kevin D, Kirsten B
$300 Cynthia A
David E, Chrales B
$150 Danielle P, Audrey C
$120 Raymond N
$100 Judy M, Kevin D, Martha N, Daniel C, Susie M, Maria G, Kelli D, Chris T, Audre B, Cynthia C, Stephanie B, Myranda B   
$97.77 Benevity
$75 Jesse H
$69 Dainty Itty Bitties
$50 Mary C, Caroline W, Kenneth S, Jim G , Brian K
$35 Allstate, Lee P 
$30  Lori L, Leslie M, Kelly B, Cynthia K, Diane P
$25 Miranda F, Charlene W, Dennis D, Carl F, Charity C, Penny B, Daniel C, Amanda H, Gerald P 
$20 Nancy S, Susie M, Matthew S, Pam M, Sara S, Diana Z, Michael M, Gail S, Ashley H, Matthew B, Kimberle G, AT&T
$10  Angela C, Katherine F, Ann A, Angela P, Robin B, Mart D, Lisa B, JoAnn F, Lori D, Veronica Z, Danielle K, Andrew B
$5 Angie V 
All donations are tax deductible!

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All donations
(monetary or items)
are tax-deductible.

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:
  • AT&T
  • Wells Fargo
  • MidAmerica Energy Holding Comp.
  • Pfizer
  • Allstate
  • CenturyLink
  • CNA Surety
  • CSG
  • 8z Real Estate
  • Great Western
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Western Union
  • SalesForce
  • Microsoft
  • United Way
  • First National Bank
  • Lockhead Martin Corporation
  • Benevity: Apple, Google, ADP
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • United Healthcare
Fundraiser Results
CO Santa Photos
Centennial - $485
CO Springs - $428
Longmont - $155
KS Gift Wrapping - $400
Nov Book Sale - $50
Calendar Sales - $4085  

Thanks to ALL  
who participated!!!
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

 26 Bostons rescued

in December!


265 Bostons rescued  

in 2016!


3,108 Bostons 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

" "breed" rescue"

AGE is 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
*gender   *age
*disability  *health

has NO
age limit!
Raffle Results
Congrats to
Carol N of MO  
who won the Boston Bobble Head, which raised $230 !

Thanks to everyone who participated!
Monthly Raffle
Boston Canvas Art
Wall print on canvas measuring 16 x 16 inches

Purchase your chances here

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! 

St Louis
Des Moines
Saying Goodbye

"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 
Join us!
~all breeds welcome~
~~KC area~~
Monday, January 2
Kansas City, MO
Pizza Ranch Fundraiser
5 - 9pm
4801 North Oak Trafficway
10% of all sales go to MABTR!!

Volunteer Opportunities

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


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
  • Fundraising
  • Fostering
  • Babysitting
  • Transporting
No anesthesia Dental Cleaning
Boulder, CO
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!

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