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 provides 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.

We are looking for families who would be interested in taking in hospice dogs as forever fosters.

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

jack hospiceJack came into rescue in July 2014 after being diagnosed with metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread throughout the body). He was found as a stray where he landed in a shelter.  When getting neutered that is when the cancer cells were found.  Jack is estimated to be only 3 years old.  Eventually the cancer will overcome Jack’s organs.  In the meantime he is happy and playful with his other boston friends. -Cindi of MO

missy3Missy came into rescue in August 2013 after her owner was suffering Alzheimers.  Missy was 10 years old then.  He was in foster care for three months when she was then diagnosed to have a large tumor on her liver that is not treatable.  Eventually Missy will face liver failure.  In the meantime Missy enjoys her time with her foster parents and the other dogs in the house.  Still full of love and life.   -Dana and Dave of Colo



charles2Charles was found as a stray in April 2011 and estimated to be 7 years old then.  He was in foster care for several months due to an injured back which soon was diagnosed to be Degenerative Disk Disease.  This means that he will eventually lose the use of his back legs.  He was fairly weak when he came into our care but with daily walks he started to regain some strength.  He only has five molars in his entire mouth.  In the summer we spend a lot of time at the lakes fishing and swimming.  Charles loves to go with and even has his own life jacket.  He can swim very well.  Also, every fish we catch, he has to sniff and kiss it before we put it back into the water.  Every single person who meets Charles instantly falls in love with him.  Becoming a Hospice family for him was the best decision we have ever made.  -Zach and Brittany of MN

GavinGavin is a puppy mill survivor who arrived in our care in December 2012. He was four years old at the time. Adopted out with a heart murmur.  Within just two months Gavin start to faint as he became more active.  After further tests Gavin has been diagnosed with then returned in 2012 due to not having time for him.  Unfortunately, Gavin is not expected to live long due to rapid decline of his heart.  The family who took him in wants to continue to give him the life he deserves no matter how long.  MABTR has taken the responsibility of paying for the medication Gavin will require.  Gavin loves playing with his foster brother, though he does not understand he needs to limit his activities.  He loves fetching he ball.  He also enjoys car rides as just being with people makes him the very happy.  He has come a long way to living in a wire cage with no human interaction to a great cuddle bug. -Whitney and Scottie of Neb

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

  • Dandy battled colon cancer – Oct 2001 to June 2013
  • Bo battled jaw cancer – June 2003 to June 2012
  • Violet battled severe heart disease – June 2008 to November 2013