- Jennifer Misfeldt, MABTR
MABTR Family - Heather & Steve, SD
Rescue: It’s not just a verb, it’s a promise.
I have been a volunteer for MABTR for eight years as of 2022. I got involved because I wanted to adopt a dog and my husband wanted a Boston Terrier - which led us to MABTR. Our first Boston, Carter, won me over completely. He was a puppy mill rescue at the age of five and the sweetest dog. He made me want to get involved and save more dogs like him.
I have fostered and babysat in the past and still do that occasionally. But for the last six years, I’m the one behind MABTR’s Instagram page.
These dog stories pull at your heart strings, and I wanted to do more.
The hardest part for me is the heart break you see when you have a dog come into rescue that is shut down and scared. But watching them come out of their shell and learn to trust again...is simply amazing! We don’t deserve dogs.
I find motivation by taking a peek at our available dogs and I know there are more just waiting to take their place.
My favorite part is the people I’ve met (mostly over Instagram) but some in person and I have goals to meet more of them in person. We have a wonderful, supportive family. And receiving updates
on my former fosters in their new homes!
The most challenging part of volunteering is trying to understand how puppy mills still exist and seeing the dogs that come from these situations.
I would encourage anyone thinking about volunteering to reach out! There are so many ways to volunteer with a rescue - whether it’s babysitting a Boston for a weekend, becoming a foster, helping at our in person events, transporting or just helping educate people and being advocate for the dogs.
If you can’t volunteer - make sure to come to our in-person events and have fun with us! They are all important pieces!