Oftentimes when we hear the word “stray” or “unwanted” dogs, we envision mutts. Whenever we think of animal rescues, we think of the people who rescue those mutts. When we think of getting a purebred dog, we automatically think the only place to go is a specific breeder or pet shop, but not a rescue group.
However, this is far from the truth. There are many breed-specific rescues nationwide that work towards the welfare and preservation of those dog breeds.
Alabama Boston Terrier (ABTR) is one such rescue. The group was founded in 2002 and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization rescuing and re-homing Boston Terriers all over the southeastern United States.
ABTR will take in any Boston Terrier no matter what their age, temperament, and/or medical condition and will place the dogs in foster homes while awaiting permanent placement. They take in dogs from puppy mill busts, owner surrenders, breeder dumps, kill shelters, or just found on the street. The fosters help rehabilitate them mentally and physically to prepare them for adoption.
Initially the dogs they take in are placed in the homes of volunteers where they are assessed for personality. The dogs are then carefully matched to a home that will provide the best environment for them. They are very particular on whom they allow to adopt as the best interest of the dogs is their top priority. They want to avoid rescuing a dog from one bad situation only to send them on to another.
A lengthy screening and education process is done before an application is approved. Following completion of the adoption contract and after a post-placement follow up is done, the dog is placed in their new home. They do have some protective restrictions in place to ensure the dogs go to an ideal environment. Some stipulations include no children under the age of 5 years old in the home. They require a vet reference confirming that all current pets are up to date on all vaccinations and that all current dogs are on heartworm preventative maintenance. While there are no restrictions in place adopting ABTR dogs to apartment homes, not all Boston Terriers do well in this type of environment due to their high energy levels.
All Boston Terriers and Boston Terrier mixes are spayed and neutered before placement, (unless age or health issues prevent this at the time of adoption) vaccinated, and all known medical conditions are addressed and treated appropriately.
Alabama Boston Terrier Rescue features many happy tales on their website of dogs they have successfully found homes for. According to Evelyn Bibb, ABTR president and co-founder, they have rescued over 1,000 Boston Terriers and Boston Terrier mixes since their inception in 2002. Evelyn has been quoted as saying, “The dogs and people I have met have enriched my life.”
ABTR foster mom Donna Curtis takes in Boston Terriers that are harder to place in foster homes due to medical problems and behavior issues or elderly dogs. She took her mission a step further by turning her detached garage, apartment and den into a kennel area complete with A/C and heat. She also built special dog runs for those that liked to climb, dig, or jump. Donna has been known to have 15-17 Bostons under her care at one time. She is quoted as saying “I decided several years ago to provide a safe place for any Boston Terrier that needed a home.” As a retiree, she can be with the dogs 24/7
Although they have had many dogs re-homed there are still many waiting their turn.
One of these dogs is “Cookie” (pictured above). She can best be described as a diva. She loves luxury and will alert her person by politely barking when she wants to play. Cookie is approximately 10 years old and weighs approximately 16 lbs. She loves to play with fuzzy toys and loves to play with tennis balls. She’s a comical little girl that is so much fun. She is an affectionate girl who loves to give kisses and hugs or snuggle beside you.
Evelyn Bibb hopes to continue on with the successful rescuing of the Boston Terrier breed. However, like all rescue groups they cannot do this without donations. The medical expenses for the rescued dogs come out of the rescue’s pocket. However, items like dog collars, beds, blankets, toys and things for special needs dogs come from supporters of ABTR all over the world and Boston Terrier lovers coast to coast. Without their support many dogs would not be rescued and taken to a safe haven. They also rely heavily on their dedicated volunteers who help with rescue transport, fostering, donating and adopting. Without any of them, the rescue would not be successful.
For more information on Alabama Boston Terrier Rescue; their adoptable dogs, applications, to volunteer as a foster or to donate to their great cause please visit their website: http://www.abtr.org/.
About the Author
Denise Carey-Costa has been a lifelong advocate for animals. She has written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures and raising awareness for the plight of unwanted animals. Denise tours with her books to schools and libraries teaching the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, adopting a shelter pet and how to report animal cruelty. Visit Amazon.com and all other book retailers to see books written by Denise Carey-Costa.