“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 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.

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

We are always 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

rozieRozie was turned in at the age of 15 years old when her owner moved out of the country and could not take her along per the doctors orders. Did not feel she would make the trip. She arrived blind, deaf, heart murmur and with severe dental disease. We had to remove all but one K-9 from her mouth. Our goal is to keep her happy, loved and comfortable for the time she has left with us. – Kaitlyn in KS


dibbsDibbs was found as a stray at the age of 9 years old on May 30 2015.  He arrived with an injured toe. After it not healing we continued with additional tests and found Dibbs to have liver disease.  He is very mellow and enjoys just sitting in the sun for now. He is a great companion. – Carla of MO



dessieDessie was being sold for $50 on craigslist at the age of 10 years old as a result of her owner no longer having time for her. MABTR reached out to offer our help and got Dessie in February 2015. To our surprise she was not in great condition and was finally diagnosed with cushings. She is content following foster mom around, taking walks and exploring the backyard. When she no longer can enjoy these things we will miss her. – Roxanne of IA

tuckerTucker came into rescue in November 2014 when he was purchased at a puppy mill auction at the age of 5 months.  Immediately we knew something was wrong as his heart was racing.  He saw a cardiologist at the Univer of MO who diagnosed him with severe pulmonic valve stenosis, atrial and ventricular enlargement with hypertrophy and tricuspid valve regurgitation (inoperable heart defects that he was born with).  He is full of puppy spirit and will continue to enjoy the freedom outside of a puppy mill – Connie of MO

bellaBella came to us from a puppy mill in December 2014 at the age of 10 years old.  She arrived in pretty bad shape with multiple mammary gland tumors that resulted in being cancer.  Unfortunately new tumors continue to appear.  Bella is content in her hospice home but sleeps a lot.  We will keep her comfortable for her remaining time providing her with love and a warm blanket that she never had for ten years. -Lela of Neb

jackJack 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

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 of MN

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

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

  • Chief battled inoperable herneacted disk – March 2009 to May 2015
  • Missy battled Kidney failure – July 2002 to April 2015
  • Otis battled metastatic carcinoma of the lymph nodes – Sept 2005 to March 2015
  • Betsy battled cushings and sever IBS – March 2005 to March 2015
  • Missy battled severe heart disease – August 2003 to January 2015
  • Violet battled severe heart disease – June 2008 to November 2013
  • Dandy battled colon cancer – Oct 2001 to June 2013
  • Bo battled jaw cancer – June 2003 to June 2012