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July 2015

This may be a fun holiday for you, but for most pets this is a terrifying day that they have to endure without a choice.


Statistics show a 30% increase in dogs escaping  

during the Fourth of July holiday


Here are some tips to helping keep them safe and stress free: 

  • If you have to walk them for potty breaks make sure they have an ID tag, a leash and the harness/collar is properly fitted.
  • Allow them to find a secure place in the house.  Turn on the radio or TV to block out the outside noise.
  • Exercise your dog before the fireworks start.
  • Once fireworks start keep your dog inside. Limit water and food to reduce the need for potty breaks.
  • Do not leave your dog in a fenced in area alone as they have an increased potential of digging themselves out.


Boston Bay Items 
Everybody knows that Boston Terriers smile, but do you know why they are smiling? The forever families of adopted Boston Terriers who shared their fascinating stories in these books know why, and they want you to know, too! These two volumes are heartwarming, thought-provoking compilations of true stories that address the cruelty of puppy mills and the joy that rescued dogs bring to their new homes. Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories of Adopted Boston Terriers, Volumes I & II feature stories from MABTR and other Boston rescues. Each book is 144 pages. Additional breed books and mixed-breed books available at Happy Tails Books.

Cost: $12 each, plus $2.00 shipping


Click here to shop the Boston Bay!

Adoptable Dog of the Month

My name is Butch. I am 8 years old and weigh 25 pounds. I could use a few more pounds. I am needing a new home because my owner surrendered when I was not getting along with the other male dog in the house. I am being fostered in Colorado Springs, CO.

I am a sweet and loving boy. I like attention and love to snuggle. I will follow you around just to be near you. I don't play with my foster sisters yet. I don't seem to know how. But I get along with all three of them. I would rather be with you snuggling on the couch or my doggie bed. I am good with the little girls that visit my foster mom. I am a very gentle soul. I spend my evenings dozing on the couch with my foster mom or my bed. I sleep in my kennel at night and when my foster mom is gone. She always gives me a treat when I go in and I like that.

I prefer to be the only dog though I get along with my three foster sisters most of the time. I am not that good at sharing my toys and space so I tend to growl at them. Plus I am not much about playing with other dogs. I could easily be alone. I have been known to be dominant over other male dogs.

I am potty trained and in good health! 
  ***Eligible for the Golden Paws Program***
Adopters 60 yrs and older adopting a dog 7 yrs and older get $50 off the adoption fee! 
Ask Jennifer


Q: What is a dog auction?  I adopted my dog from MABTR and was told she was a puppy mill breeder picked up at an auction.  How does MABTR go about getting these dogs? Is it safe to say if the breeder auctioned her off rather than just giving her to the group she probably did not live in the best conditions?


A: A dog auction consist of breeders of all sizes that are looking to sell or purchase breeding dogs. ' Why' is asked a lot.  There are many reasons.  To list a few:


  • The breeder is recycling his stock
  • The breeder is changing outs breeds
  • The breeder is downsizing
  • The breeder needs money
  • The dog is too old to breed however to another breeder the dog still has a few years left
  • The dog was part of a bulk purchase and was not really of interest to begin with but was part of the package
  • The breeder is closing down
  • The dog is not producing as expected

Click here to view a puppy mill video and learn more about theses dog breeding farms  


MABTR works with middlemen/undercover individuals who attend auctions at which time MABTR will place a max bid on each Boston head.  We are not in the market of buying dogs; however when we are able to get a puppy mill dog out of the inhumane cycle of over breeding for just $1-$200, it is worth every penny. It is a fact that MABTR has paid as little as $1 for a Boston out of an auction.


If these dogs do not land in the hands of a rescue group they end back in a wire cage placed outside and are scheduled for the next breeding cycle to fill the pet stores with puppies.


The conditions of the puppy mills of those attending an auction compared to those that just release dogs to rescue are no different. The only difference is those breeders at an auction make it clear that money matters more than life.  This is my personal opinion.  There are however breeders, that at the end of an auction, if their dogs did not sell that they will start giving them out for free or literally for pennies.


Breeder dogs do make wonderful pets with time and patience. Learn more by reading "Info on X-breeding Dogs"   


ADOPT, Don't Shop!!!!

See more:   Link to our FAQs here   
Alumni Feature - Milly
We adopted Milly in July of 2013 and I wanted to let you know her journey:
It took her some time to warm up and sleep alongside us in bed and now she always has to have a bit of her touching one of us to go to bed. She sleeps most of the time when we are home, but she also likes to go on walks at fiesta island.
She is very spoiled and my friends all love her. She has taught a dog that didn't get along with other dogs that it was ok to open her heart and now they are best friends, she taught her "brother" that he shouldn't be afraid of other dogs and he protects her like a knight does his queen, and she has been patient and loving to children and toddlers. She is indeed our precious girl that we pamper anytime we can. We are in one of the most pet friendly cities in the U.S. and we take advantage of everything so we can take the pups on adventures.
She took part, along with her brother, in a world record for the biggest yoga class with your dog. Milly has received all her shots and checkups and is in perfect health. She gets the best food I can find her and she gets treats that she can chew since she doesn't have many teeth since we adopted her. We do whatever it takes for our pups to be healthy and happy.
We just wanted you to know that Milly is taken care of and to thank you for rescuing her from the terrible place she was before. Your efforts helped get Milly into our family and we are eternally grateful. We always say we got lucky with our pooches, they have made each of our days brighter and love is unconditional.
Thank you for the angel you saved and loves us
-Andy and Paulette of CA 
Allow a Boston to Hitch a Ride with You

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 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 a MABTR boston.

What you need to know about Dogs that Have Seizures 


Watching your dog have a seizure can be frightening and upsetting.  But knowing what might be happening, and what to do (and not to do), can be the key to ensuring the health and safety of your four-legged friend.

What is a seizure? 
Simply put, a seizure is an abnormal, uncontrolled burst of electrical activity in the brain, which causes unusual behavior in your pet, ranging from facial twitching to full-body uncontrollable shaking.

What causes seizures?
Seizures can be caused by a variety of reasons, some of which include:
  • Eating poison
  • Liver disease
  • Low or high blood sugar
  • Kidney disease
  • Electrolyte problems
  • Anemia
  • Head injury
  • Encephalitis
  • Strokes
  • Brain cancer
What should I do if my dog has a seizure?
First and most importantly - do not panic!  Although your dog's behavior is unusual during this time, s/he is not experiencing pain during the seizure episode itself.  Chances are, it's more traumatic for you than it is for your pet.

Be sure your dog is safe.  Try not to handle your dog during the episode. If he is on a couch, near stairs or on the bed surround the area so he does not fall.  You can place your hand under his head if he is on a hard surface. Do what you need to ensure his safety, but handle him as little as possible.   Don't pick him up, hold him, or try to put anything in his mouth.  (Don't worry - he won't swallow his tongue.)

Once you've ensured your dog's safety, the best thing you can do now is watch and wait.  Note the time the seizure started and ended, what was happening to your dog during the seizure and how he responded after the seizure was over.  This is all very important and crucial information to provide to your veterinarian.
Most seizures last only a minute or two, but to us humans watching, they seem to last forever.  It's better to time it so you can give an accurate representation to your veterinarian.

What happens next?
If your dog has an isolated seizure episode, and it lasts only a minute or two, there's no immediate need to rush to the veterinarian.  Of course, you'll want to call their office and let them know.  It's likely that they'll want to schedule an evaluation and some bloodwork to see if they can identify any immediate problems.  It is rule of thumb that an animal can have one seizure a month without alarm

Oftentimes however, the root cause of seizures is not identified, unless you can link it directly to a specific event, like the ingestion of poison or a head injury as noted above.  Chances are, you'll be told that the condition is idiopathic epilepsy, idiopathic meaning it's a disease of unknown origin.  The most common result for bostons.  

If your dog has back-to-back seizure episodes, more than one seizure in 24 hours, or any single seizure lasting longer than 4-5 minutes, get to the vet ASAP.  This is an emergent situation in which your dog may need special care to prevent long-term damage.  If your dogs has more than one seizure in a 30 day period see your vet.

Will my dog be OK?
Chances are, Yes.  Some dogs live many years, even a great portion of their lives, with some type of seizure disorder.  There are a great many medications available to minimize, and sometimes almost eliminate, the frequency of seizures. 

MORE TO COME - In next month's newsletter...
We'll talk in more detail about the stages of a seizure episode, different types of seizures, what you can do as a pet parent to help your vet help your pet, available medications and treatments to alleviate seizures, and when to consider seeking out the advice of a veterinary specialist.

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$70Raymond N, United Way 

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

MABTR is 100% volunteer-driven, so your entire donation amount goes towards rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing Bostons in need.
needs our help

Raising money for Coby's MRI to confirm the root cause of his back issues.
Goal is $1500 raised for the MRI at MIZZOU. Thank you in advance for any donation you can make towards the MRI so that doc knows what needs to be done to fix him.

Read more and make a donation at
Go Fund Me click here
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
Adoption Corner...
Happy Tails
35 Bostons rescued

in June!


170 Bostons rescued so far in 2015!


2,632 Bostons rescued 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-"breed" rescue

Raffle Results
Congrats to Fred G of GA who won the set of two Boston pillows, which raised $370!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Monthly Raffle for July!
Boston Cowboy
He is all dressup in a plaid shirt and denim overalls - he stands a little over 12" tall in the original box with original tags (license NO. K9 boston terrier statistics. Cute little guy to add to your collection.
& view 2015 items
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?

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
June's Fundraiser Recap

Birthday Bash

Colo Garage Sale

MO Patriotic Photos

NE Barks & Beers

Local MABTR Events 
Join us!
-all breeds welcome-


Saturday July 11

Adoption Event
1pm to 3pm

at Riley's Natural Pet Supply -
7580 S Pierce St 
Saturday July 18
Highlands Ranch
Adoption Event

11am to 3pm
at Unleashed by Petco -

9567 S University Blvd.

Sunday, July 12
St Louis 

Boston Play Date

1:30pm to 3:30pm
at AKC Museum -
1721 S Mason Rd
$5 per dog - off leash area

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 dog comes in and gets their teeth cleaned $30 goes towards a rescue.
Win Win for MABTR and the dogs

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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.

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