“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 alwasy 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


Missy was found as a stray in July 2013 at the age of 11 years old.  She was then blind and adopted out by MABTR. She has recently been returned as a result of her family traveling. She is now deaf as well and in kidney failure.  Missy enjoys her time sunbathing and being loved on while she is here with us. – Lela of Neb


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

chiefChief came into rescue January 2015.  His owner had passed away and family could not afford to care for him.  MABTR’s vets diagnosed him Degenerative Disk Disease as a result of a herneacted disk.  There will come a time when the nerves in his spine will be pinched to where he will no longer have use of his back legs or bowel movements. In the meantime he is happy and playful and not in pain. -Jennifer of Neb

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

DahliaDahlia came into rescue July 2014.  She was found as a stray where she landed in a shelter.  MABTR’s vets diagnosed her with cancer and cushings.  Dahlia is estimated to be at least 10 years of age.  The cancer will continue to spread and cushings will also start presenting symptoms at which time MABTR will make the right decision for her.  -Linda of Colo

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

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

  • 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