Palliative Care

“From the moment we are born, we are on a journey to our death.
Sometimes the journey is a long one, and others are far too short.
My thoughts have always been that every living thing is here for a reason,
and when that reason has been accomplished, it’s time to move on.
Age plays only a small part in ‘when it’s our time’.”

MABTR has made it our mission to take in and care for as many Bostons as possible, especially those who are terminally ill and or have a medical condition that is not curable resulting them to be unadoptable.  Our Palliative Care program was created in 2011 with the goal to provide a loving home to those dogs through a pain-free quality of life with the desire to live. They should be given the opportunity to do so in a loving environment for however long they have left.

Scroll down to see those precious lives that are in our Palliative program today

CARETAKERS NEEDED – We are always looking for families who would be interested. For more information please call 402-510-1346 or email THANKS in advance

For dogs in our care, MABTR provides the following:

  • Food and a crate
  • Payment for all costs. This includes all medical costs as well as supplies needed for the dog
  • Pain free support

If you cannot provide your home but would like to help, you can sponsor a Boston by

  • Donating to our fund
  • Donating items such as crates, bedding, steps, baby gates, medication, etc.

If you are interested, please fill out our Palliative Care application. We will be in contact with you within 72 hours of receipt.

Dogs In Palliative Care

Ace came into rescue September 2021 at the age of 7 month. He was dropped off at the local shelter when his owner’s learned he had a heart defect. Ace was born with a hole in one of his heart valves. due to other complexities with his heart surgery is not an option. The likelihood of him celebrating his 2nd birthday is not seen. – Elizabeth in MO

Zoe came into rescue June 2021 at the age of 14 years old as the result of her owner going into hospice care.  She was well loved but due to her age, being blind and deaf we placed her in palliative care to live out the rest of her life.  she spends most of her time napping but does enjoy exploring the yard. – Jenni in MN


Mags came into rescue November 2019 at the age of 10 years.  She was left in an abandon home after her owner was placed in living assistance. There were 12 other dogs so the situation was not good. Mags was diagnosed with cushings shortly after arriving and will be well cared for in the meantime. Severe ear infections which left her with hematomias. -Pam in IA

Dozier arrived in our care in December 2018 at the age of 4 in Dec 2018. He arrived leaking urine 24/7.  He was diagnosed with congenital vertebral malformations but also a severe UTI and crystals in his urine.  The leaking has reduced greatly with the treatment of the UTI and special diet for the crystals but it is not the cure. He is greatly loved by his Palliative care parents. -Sue in NE


Maggie was dropped off at a local shelter in October 2017 as the result of her owners divorcing.  She was diagnosed with Addison’s so MABTR was called on. Her disease has reached the next level thus we will keep her comfort for the time she has. She is very happy right now in her loving home. – Vicki in WY

Dottie‘s owner passed away leaving her with family that felt they could not care for her. She arrived in our program in September 2016 at the age of 6 years old.  Within 24 hours it was obvious that Dottie was not well struggling with breathing and multiple incidents of fainting.  After a run to the emergency room we were informed that Dottie had a 5 out of 6 grade heart murmur.  Dottie will soon be in heart failure so for now we are keeping her comfortable and happy. She is a love bug who has great loyalty to her foster family and deserves only love in return. -Shane in IA

R.I.P. – those that have gone to doggie heaven after a good fight

…in another time, in a beautiful place we will see them again

  • Lilly battled cancer – August 2010 to August 2021
  • Poppy battled heart failure – Oct 2012 to July 2021
  • Maggie battled cushings and severe neglect – Nov 2010 to March 2021
  • Rico battled cushings – June 2008 to Nov 2020
  • Stella battled heart failure – July 2007 to Sept 2020
  • Lola battled cushings – June 2008 to July 2020
  • Dexter battled cushings – May 2008 to June 2020
  • Izzy battled cushings – Nov 2010 to May 2020
  • Snow battled heart failure -Sept 2007 to April 2020
  • Allen battled fragile statue, arthritis plus disability – Nov 2004 to March 2020
  • Bella battled kidney failure – Jan 2018 to Nov 2019
  • Maggie battled a tumor on her liver – Nov 2011 to Sept 2019
  • Baby Ruth battled congestive heart failure – March 2010 to July 2019
  • Charlie battled cushings – March 2011 to July 2019
  • Meaty battled Metastatic Cancer – April 2004 to July 2019
  • Poet battled Lymphoma (cancer) – April 2011 to May 2019
  • Sophie battled heart disease – July 2008 to April 2019
  • Beau battled cushings – April 2009 to Mar 2019
  • Pot Pie battled cushings – Oct 2009 to Feb 2019
  • India battled cushings – Oct 2010 to Feb 2019
  • Frenchie battled seizures and chronic ear infections – Feb 2009 to Jan 2019
  • Annie battled cushings – Nov 2007 to Dec 2018
  • Pumpkin battled severe allergies, back issues and blindness – Oct 2009 to Dec 2018
  • Brandy battled cushings and degenerative spine – May 2003 to May 2018
  • Lisa battled heart disease – Oct 2004 to April 2018
  • Edward battled Cushings disease – Jan 2009 to March 2018
  • Essie battled kidney disease and declining health – May 2006 to Feb 2018
  • Leilo battled heart failure – Nov 2002 to Jan 2018
  • Mimi battled cushings – Sept 2007 to Dec 2017
  • Ringo battled degenerative spine – Feb 2000 to Oct 2017
  • Remi battled cushings – Nov 2006-Sept 2017
  • Star battled degenerative spine – May 2008-Aug 2017
  • Roscoe battled cushings and seizures – June 2003-May 2017
  • Mozart battled heart disease and neurological disorder of the spin – Nov 2006-April 2017
  • Oscar battled cushings – Sept 2006-Feb 2017
  • Charles battled Degenerative Disk Disease but pass due to old age – April 2004-Dec 2016
  • Jack battled metastatic cancer – July 2011-Nov 2016
  • Dibbs battled liver disease and cushings – May 2007-June 2016
  • Pearl battled kidney failure – April 2005-June 2016
  • Emily battled cushings – March 2009-April 2016
  • Rose battled cushings and liver disease – Aug 2010-April 2016
  • Bella battled cancer – Dec 2004-April 2016
  • Bailey battled cushings, liver disease, diabetes – Feb 2006-Feb 2016
  • Daisy battled inflammatory Bowel Disease & Gastrointestinal Disease – July 2006-Feb 2016
  • Lolly battle eye issues, blind and deaf – Oct 2002-Feb 2016
  • Jenny battled cushings – Nov 2005-Feb 2016
  • Flip battled cancer – Dec 2012-Dec 2015
  • Gemma battled cancer of the mouth – July 2009-Dec 2015
  • Rozie battled heart disease and fluid in her lungs – Aug 2005-Oct 2015
  • Tucker battled severe pulmonic valve stenosis (inoperable heart defect) – July 2014-Sept 2015
  • Dessie battled cushings – Feb 2006-Sept 2015
  • Chief battled inoperable herniated disk – March 2009-May 2015
  • Missy battled kidney failure – July 2002-April 2015
  • Otis battled metastatic carcinoma of the lymph nodes – Sept 2005-March 2015
  • Betsy battled cushings and severe IBS – March 2005-March 2015
  • Missy battled severe heart disease – Aug 2003-Jan 2015
  • Violet battled severe heart disease – June 2008-Nov 2013
  • Dandy battled Colon cancer – Oct 2001-June 2013
  • Bo battled jaw cancer – June 2003-June 2012