“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

lisaLisa 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  -Deb in CO

annie-2Annie 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


sophieSophie 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 -Lela in NE




Lancelot was found as a stray and per the shelter that picked him up on death’s bed. He was extremely underweight, flea infested, and dehydrated.  Lancelot beat the odds once he received proper care from our vet staff and love from his foster parents.  Unfortunately once all healed up from his neglect he was diagnosed with cushings.  Lancelot is full of love and warmth and is eating up all the attention he is getting.  -Shane in IA


joeyJoey’s owner was no longer mentally capable of caring for him so he was removed from the his home. Unfortunately he was in a fragile state when he arrived due to the lack of care.  Within a few days from arriving he was diagnosed with throat cancer and low thyroid.  Joey is a loving old man who appreciates all the attention and love he is getting from the WI University that is treating.  Joey is in good hands and will continue to kept comfortable and well loved.  -Paulette in IA


dottieDottie‘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. -Jami in CO



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 hospiceEdward 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



pumpkinhospicePumpkin 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


jackJack came into rescue as stray in July 2014 after being diagnosed with metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread throughout the body). 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


Charles 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

  • Dibbs battled liver disease and cushings – May 2007 to June 2016
  • Pearl battled kidney failure – April 2005 to June 2016
  • Bella battled cancer – Dec 2004 to April 2016
  • Bailey battled cushings, liver disease, diabetes – Feb 2006 to Feb 2016
  • Daisy – battled Inflammatory Bowel Disease & Gastrointestinal Disease – July 2006 to Feb 2016
  • Lolly battled eye issues, blind and deaf – Oct 2002 to Feb 2016
  • Jenny battled cushings – Nov 2005 to Feb 2016
  • Flip battled cancer – Dec 2012 to Dec 2015
  • Gemma battled cancer of the mouth – July 2009 to Dec 2015
  • Rozie battled heart disease and fluid in her lungs – August 2005 to Oct 2015
  • Tucker battled severe pulmonic valve stenosis (inoperable heart defects) – July 2014 to Sept 2015
  • 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 – Aug 2003 to Jany 2015
  • Violet battled severe heart disease – June 2008 to Nov 2013
  • Dandy battled colon cancer – Oct 2001 to June 2013
  • Bo battled jaw cancer – June 2003 to June 2012