There are Boston Terrier rescues all over the United States. Sadly, that means there are many Bostons who have been abandoned or abused, and are in need of a loving home.
The mission of most Boston Terrier rescues is the same - to provide an unwanted, neglected or abused dog with a good home and a loving family. Rescues may locate dogs by: rescuing dogs from shelters, answering ads in the newspaper, and taking in strays.
Responsible rescuers will have these dogs examined by a veterinarian, get them up to date on their shots, test for heartworms, and spay or neuter the dog if it hasn't been already. Boston Terrier rescues must usually pay to get the animal out of a shelter, arrange and pay for veterinary care, arrange for foster care, screen potential fosters and adopters, observe the dog's behavior, and get the word out about the dog.
Rescue dogs are not usually "free", and for many reasons. First, there is usually quite a bit invested in the dogs to prepare them for their new forever homes. Most Boston Terrier rescues are non-profit. The fee charged is almost always much less than what the rescue has invested in the dog. Since most rescues run entirely on donations, a fee helps offset the operating costs.
Also, pet ownership does involve some expense. Beyond just the cost of feeding, the dog will need to have regular shots, heartworm preventive, flea and tick control, and grooming. If a person or family is willing to pay an adoption fee, its reasonable to think they will pay for the ongoing care of the dog. An adoption fee is a financial commitment, in addition to an emotional commitment, to that dog.
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Rescue dogs have been through a lot, and every dog has its own history. A rescue dog may have been dumped off at a shelter or found roaming the streets. It may have been abandoned, neglected, starved or even physically abused. They need, patience, love and understanding to thrive in a new home.
It may take several weeks or months for a rescue dog to adjust to a new home and family. There is nothing worse for a rescue dog than to be rejected by his new adoptive family after only a few days or weeks. So, please make sure you are completely committed if you decide on a rescue dog.
A rescue dog may be the best pet you've ever had. Having been rejected, abused or neglected by his first family, a rescue dog appreciates his new family and will reward you with loyalty and unconditional love.Go to List of Boston Terrier Rescues
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