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March 2019

Do you, or someone you know, plan to rehome your dog?  PLEASE read this first and share with others.

MABTR is sharing their experiences with you so you can ensure your dog does not land in the wrong hands.  Every situation we share below we have encountered unfortunately more than once.
Selling or rehoming your dog on Craigslist, Facebook or other social media is NOT the way to go about ensuring your dog lands in a safe and happy home.
DANGERS of listing dogs on online site:

1. Dog fighting still occurs in every state and dogs such as Bostons--who will not back down--are great BAIT DOGS for those sick individuals that fight dogs.  As you can imagine this is a horrible way for your dog to die or suffer from injuries.
2. If your dog is not altered he/she can be be targeted by PUPPY MILLERS and  BACK YARD BREEDERS to end up as a breeder dog where they are given no love and little to no health care.  Imagine going from a warm bed with freedom to run to living outside in a wire cage 24/7.
We have had breeders admit to us that the dog was someone's pet before they took ownership of him/her.
3. Flippers are individuals who buy dogs with the intent to turn around and sell them for more money not caring about their well-being but the profit to be made.  So who you thought was going to provide your dog with a great home no longer exists and who has your dog now.
4. Last, you should never give your dog away for free.  People have more appreciation for the things they paid for than those given to them. 
5. IF YOU REHOME YOURSELF PLEASE GO TO THE ADOPTOR's HOME TO CONFIRM WHAT THEY ARE TELLING YOU IS TRUE!  People are going to tell you what you want to hear. That is why we conduct thorough reference and home checks as part of our adoption process. 
Luxating Patella
When a dog is diagnosed to have a luxating patella, we automatically assume surgery is needed.   Note that only 50% of luxatting patellas need to be repaired.  It is important to know if the surgery is warranted, which your dog will tell you.

What is a luxating patella?
Patellar luxation occurs when the dog's kneecap (patella) is dislocated from its normal anatomic position in the groove of the thigh bone (femur).  A dislocated kneecap is one of the most prevalent knee joint abnormalities in dogs.  This condition is congenital and certainly hereditary.   Your vet is able to diagnosis a luxatting patella and what grade it is.

Grades (grades do not define if surgery is warranted):
-the patella can be manually luxated but returns to the normal position immediately; this is normally not painful
-the patella luxates spontaneously and remains dislocated until the dog extends the joint and moves the leg in the opposite direction - this can be painful resulting on walking on three legs
-the patella is permanently located outside of the groove and does not move; this can cause an odd walk and possible deformity of the leg over time. Surgery is recommended if arthritis is occurring.

  Symptoms that warrant surgery (remember that dogs have a high pain tolerance)
  • Limping.
  • Abnormally carrying leg or legs.
  • Inability to bend the knee.
  • Swelling.
  • Loss of muscle mass.
The surgical procedure usually involves carving out a deeper groove in the end of the femur so the patella will remain in the groove with movement.

  • Joint support supplements (fish oil, Glucosamine)
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs prescribed by your vet
  • Weight reduction
  • Maintaining muscle mass
Many small dogs live their entire life with luxating patella and it never results in arthritis or pain, nor does it interfere with the dog's life.

Before you, or someone you know,  
buys a dog online...
Before buying a dog you found online needing a new home you take the risk that this dog may not legally belong to the seller.
Two things you should request from the seller are:
     1.  A transfer of ownership form/bill of sale
 which is now your document proving legal ownership and the exchange of money. Otherwise you can potentially be accused of stealing the dog.  Just like anything you buy at the store you get a receipt for.  
a. True example: a lady met the seller in a park. She gave her $200 cash for the dog, collected the vet records and even a bill of sale. Within one hour of getting the dog home she learned that the seller called the microchip company claiming her dog was stolen.  She called the local animal control and police to find that she would not be charged with stealing the dog since she has the bill of sale in hand proving the transfer of ownership.
 2. Proof of vaccinations  and proof of spay/neutering if the seller states they are current. Someone's word is not proof.  This should be a document from an actual vet clinic, not hand written. If no proof is given you will need to repeat the vaccinations.
a. True example: the buyer turns the dog over to MABTR as it did not work out.  They tell us that the dog is current on vaccinations per the previous owner but no hard copy proof is provided.  What if the dog bit someone and you had to show proof of rabies to animal control. They are not going to take your word for it.
MABTR must vaccinate these dogs for legal proof prior to adoption and now we could potentially be overdosing if proof is  not obtained when we initially receive the dog.
We are surprised on how many people buy dogs being sold online and turn them over to MABTR as what they were told about the dog's health or behavior was not true thus it ends up not being a match for their home  It is sad to learn from some of these individuals how many times a dog is bounced from home to home because the proper steps to ensure the perfect match are not taken.
We are not begging for dogs to come into our rescue but want you to be aware of your options and our services.  MABTR is happy to speak to anyone on how to go about ensure their dog is placed in a great home.  If you see a Boston on a local swap n' shop being given away, feel free to share our website and/or phone number as a resource to safely rehome the dog: 402-510-1346.
March Fundraiser  
-Jean Quilt Raffle- 
  • Jean quilt for both human AND dog/child.
  • Recycled jean pant pockets and leg material on one side and dog print fleece on the other.
  • Measurements: Adult 104 x 60 inches and dog/child 59 x 38
  • Machine washable
  • Winner announced on March 25.
  • Adult (left) and child (right)

Click here to buy your raffle tickets!
Good luck! 
2019 schedule
  • 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
Adoptable Dog of the Month

~~~ Click here to learn more about this dog! ~~~
MABTR Alumni - Hobbie
On June 14, 2015, we added a second Boston to be a friend for Eddie. His name was Bogie, but that just didn't seem to fit so we renamed him Hobart, or Hobbie. Since that time I've often wondered who rescued who. He went to obedience school, and he loves to go fishing   with me. He enjoys playing ball in the back yard and goes with me everywhere I can take him. He gets in the van and waits till I get his seatbelt hooked to his harness. He feels like he's special cause each dog has their own heat/air conditioning vent in the van. 

When I have to go to work he wants to go. When we first got Hobbie he weighed 13 lbs. when he was weighed in April he was at 23lbs and healthy. His vet calls him Wild Child because of all the energy. I'm so glad I went to MABTR and found him. Thank you all for everything you do for these great fur babies!  -- Jeff
Do YOU Believe in Second Chances?
MABTR prides itself on the ability to give commercial breeder  (puppy mill) dogs a second chance at life.

We have rescued so many neglected and mistreated dogs from breeders.  It saddens us so but feel blessed that we are able to take in these previous lives and give them the needed care and love they deserve after surviving their horrible up bringing.

Meet Tippy, shown in the picture below.  She was born on 12/30/2017.  On Dec 28, 2018 she gave birth to her first litter.  She was then sold on at a puppy mill auction on Feb 24, 2019.  As soon as her puppies were old enough she was up for sale to make her breeder more money.  

This is too much the norm; females are bred on their first heat and every heat cycle following which can be once to twice a year. 

Females can go into their first heat cycle as early as 6 months of age.
When Tippy arrived in our care you could see every bone in her body (ribs and hips). Keep in mind that her health is no concern to a breeder, just the ability to produce.  Her puppies took everything out of her but she never complained because they were her babies. Unfortunately breeder dogs are not given proper nutrition or food source needed to keep themselves healthy. 

Now she in the proper hands of people who care where she will receive love, focus on nutrition and weight gain, and receive the medical care needed (spayed, treating a scratch on her cornea, and polishing her teeth that already have tarter build up at the age of one).

MABTR will continue to fight for stronger laws when it comes to protecting the well-being of these parents of the puppies at the pet stores and breeders selling online.

Learn more about puppy mills at  This is what you are supporting when you purchase a puppy from a commercial breeder or pet store.  
Reputable breeders exist.  Learn more about what to look for at

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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. 
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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!

Learn more here!
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(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:
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  • AT&T
  • Wells Fargo
  • MidAmerica Energy Holding Comp.
  • Pfizer
  • Allstate
  • CenturyLink
  • CNA Surety
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  • 8z Real Estate
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  • Thrivent Financial
  • Western Union
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  • Microsoft
  • United Way
  • First National Bank
  • Lockhead Martin Corporation
  • Benevity: Apple, Google, ADP
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • United Healthcare
  • Walmart
Fundraiser Results
 -- Facebook artwork auction: $558
 -- Superbowl squares: $665
 -- Colorado Valentine photos: $458
Thanks to ALL 
who participated!!!
  Adoption Corner...
~~Happy Tails~~

23 dogs rescued

in February!


49 dogs rescued so far in 2019!


3,670 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

"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!
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Photo Contest 
February Theme
~ My Funny Valentine ~
And the winner is...

owned by Madelyne and Richard S.

The theme for March is Favorite Snuggle Spot!

Good luck!

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.

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Did you know that there might be a Boston Terrier fan page on FB in your area?  You should consider joining in!

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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~
Sat, May 4th
8th annual For the Love of Bostons dinner and silent auction
Littleton, CO
6 - 9:30pm
Riverwalk Clubhouse, 2751 W Riverwalk Cir
Coming soon!
~KC Area~
Sat, Mar 23rd
10am - 2pm
Adoption Event
Overland Park, KS
Whispering Hills Apartments leasing office, 8800 W 124th St

Sat, Mar 30th
10am - 5pm
Downtown KC Optimist Spring Fling and Rescues and Runways Fashion Show
Kansas City
Governor's Expo, American Royal - 1701 American Royal Ct
Shopping, vendors, crafts, and more!
See flyers at left for more details!

Sat, Apr 27th
12 - 2pm
Birthday Bash
Lee's Summit, MO
$5 per person
Lunch, games, prizes, and more!
See flyer at left for more details!

~St. Louis area~  
Sat, Mar 10th
rescheduled from March 3rd
12 - 1:30pm
St. Louis
St. Patrick's Day photo shoot
Pet Supplies Plus, 5531 Oakville Shopping Center
See flyer at left for more details 

Coming soon!

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