My mission is to rescue. My dream is that one day I won’t have to.
I decided to start volunteering for MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue when my brother in law introduced us to their funny little Boston girl that we feel in love with. We thought their size, short hair and silliness was a good choice for us after our Mini English Bull Terrier passed away. In 2017 we adopted 8-year-old Sadi from Wyoming. I was so excited when they put her in my arms.
I didn’t start volunteering right away but I was on the volunteer email list and one day responded offering my assistance, that was the start and still volunteering to this day.
I started by transporting a dog from the foster home to their vet appointments, then it grow to where I was traveling up to two hours one way to help move a dog into or out of foster care. Once I retired, I became a during the week transporter which there are not many of us as e know most people work full time making most transports happen only weekends. I recently expand my services to babysitting for a night or two when needed. I pretty much feel like it’s my new part-time job that I’m on-call for!
I love getting to help save and rescue these little souls, whether they are puppies or senior, needing emergency care, a vet run, or moving into or out of foster care. No matter what their problems or needs are… we make them all better and that make me feel good!
Some of the biggest challenges include trying to squeeze more kennels in my vehicle. One time I helped rescue 4 puppies and 4 adult Bostons move at the same time. We made it work and they all fitted.
I don’t need any motivation to help rescue these dogs. I ALWAYS will say yes when asked even if given short notice. In fact, that’s how I got our 2.4-year-old Special Needs Boston, Mingo. In October 2020, Jennifer called and said, “We have a sick puppy needing to be picked up within the next 30 mins.” Getting to hold a new dog or puppy is my favorite thing to do so obviously I said yes. I try to make them feel calmer, even if that means it’s better for the dog if I don’t touch them until they are ready for it.
If you are thinking about volunteering, now is the time to offer. There are many ways you can help a rescue and they are always in need. I have found that MABTR is only a phone call away if they are needed with any challenge or question. I am happy to be part of an organization that has rescued over 4,600! I can honestly say that I too helped make a difference in some of those previous lives.