Hospice 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 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. Our hospice program was created in 2011 with the goal to provide exactly that – a home with a good quality of life for dogs whose time is limited.  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.

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

HOSPICE HOMES NEEDED – We are always looking for families who would be interested in taking in hospice dogs as forever fosters. for more information please call 402-510-1346 or email luckypawpals@aol.com. THANKS

For dogs in hospice 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
  • Support

If you cannot provide hospice care but would like to help, you can sponsor a Boston in hospice by

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

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

Dogs In Hospice Care

Essie was picked up as a stray at the age of 11 years.  Due to declining health and fragile structure we placed her into hospice care to receive proper care and monitoring. – Nancy in MO

Meaty is a 13 year old male whose owner traveled much that he could no longer keep his dog.  When he arrived in our care April 2017 he had severe gum disease. During pre-op tests he was diagnosed with metastatic cancer.  He also suffers from severe allergies including chronic ear infections.  Meaty received a dental and with medication to help with his allergies as well as arthritis he is moving around great and loving life as an old many should.  -Amber in IA

Lelio was dropped off at a local shelter by her owners after 14 years as they could no longer afford to care for her in November 2016. Due to age MABTR was called to take her in.  We did not hesitate and removed her immediately.  Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with a severe heart murmur and enlarged heart.  Lelio has a beautiful heart and a kind sole. She fits right into any living situation. She continue to receive the care she deserves as she brings smiles to everyone she meets. -Linda in CO

Lisa arrived with us in October 2016 at the age of 12 years. She was brought into a local vet to be put down as her eye popped out of socket of which the family could not afford. Her eye did get removed and Lisa was on the road to recovery til she was diagnosed with a severe heart murmur that landed her in hospice care.  Lisa is enjoying her rest time on a warm doggie bed and will continue to receive the love she deserves  -Lela in NE

Annie arrived in MABTR’s care in October 2016 at the age of 9 years old as the result of her owner passing away and she landing in a local animal shelter. Due to her health MABTR was called on to take her in. Within two days she was diagnosed with cushings.  Annie is a complete love.  Always looking to please, well mannered and in high spirits.  She will be loved and cared for til heaven calls on her -Roxanne in IA

Sophie arrived in MABTR’s care in June 2016 at the age of 8 years old as the result of her owner passing away. We were informed of a heart murmur however after a few weeks in foster care it was obvious that her health was compromised. She was diagnosed with a 5 out of 6 grade heart murmur.  In addition she had minimal eye sight.  We decided to place her in hospice care keeping her comfortable -Patrick in NE

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

Mimi was picked up as a stray in September 2016 at the age of 9 years old.  Due to potential health concerns the shelter asked MABTR to take her in.  After a few weeks of getting her healthy from the lack of care in her previous home she was then diagnosed with cushings.  Mimi is a lively little girl that will receive only the best love while with us and kept comfortable in the meantime.  Her foster family is happy to have her in their home. -Dana in CO

Edward was dropped off at a shelter at the age of 8 years old in January 2016 as a result of his owners not being able to afford his care.  Edward’s skin and coat was of concern which resulted in multiple tests to confirm low thyroid as well as cushings.  Edward is a happy little guy that one would never know he was sick.  He is full of smiles every day he wakes up.  We will keep him comfortable in the meantime.  -Kenya in Co

Pumpkin was tossed out of a car in Oct 2015 at the age of 7 years.  Not injured from the throw but arrived in bad shape due to the lack of care in her previous home.  She was diagnosed with severe allergies that took months to get under control with very expensive medication.  It was not til she was off steroids for the allergies did her condition of her back surface keeping Pumpkin in pain.  Pumpkin has multiple vertibras that are compacted and will evidently pinch her nerves leaving her with no feeling in her back legs.  Pumpkin is full love and getting great care pain free. -Pam in MO

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

  • Ringo 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