MABTR Family - Susan, MO
“There is a bridge that connects the moment when an animal is rescued and the moment when they are embraced by their new family.”
I was familiar with MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue since I had adopted three Boston’s from the rescue. A series of life events followed, and I started volunteering with MABTR in 2017. My job was ending, and I was able to take early retirement in 2018 and I wanted to give back to an organization that I was not only grateful for but admired how well it was run.
One of my first volunteer opportunities was editing the “Recipes to the Rescue” cookbook. Once the cookbook was done, I reached out to for other admin opportunities. Currently, I manage the regional Facebook pages, run the Facebook photo contests, help with emails promoting events and fundraisers and I also write the Furever Friday posts where we feature a dog up for adoption. I have also organized the St. Louis playdates. I find it challenging but I have learned new computer skills being an admin.
At first, I wanted to foster but it wasn’t in the cards as I have always had a reactive dog. I have done a couple of transports, but I am grateful that I can do something that supports the group. I have been owned by Boston terriers for over 30 years, and I am passionate about the breed and MABTR.
Missouri is unfortunately the puppy mill capital of the United States and it’s so frustrating that other states have done so much more with legislation. There is a Facebook page for the Humane Society of the United States-Puppy Mills Campaign. I encourage everyone to check it out and support their efforts. https://www.facebook.com/HSUSPuppyMills.
My favorite part of volunteering is the number of people I have met and the friends that I have made. It is truly a community.
I have the luxury of time which I know that many don’t have. If you are considering volunteering, start small. Whether it’s volunteering for an event or a short transport. Once you’ve done something, no matter how small, you will be hooked!