Can I visit the dogs at your shelter?

We would love you to visit us, but there is one hitch: we don’t have a shelter!

Boston Terrier Rescue is a national organization; we rely solely upon a network of caring, kind and dedicated volunteer foster homes to help our dogs make the transition from their previous lives to their new forever homes.

If you are interested in a dog that we have available for adoption, get in touch with us and we’ll send you an application form.


Do you ever have puppies?

We all love puppies but we very seldom see them in rescue. As puppies are so cute, their behavioural problems are often excused due to their age. When they are no longer puppies, the same behaviours become harder to manage, and at around a year or two, many owners are unable to cope, and this is when dogs generally end up in rescue. If your heart is set on a puppy, please choose a responsible breeder.


Where do rescued Boston’s come from?

Dogs come in to our care for many different reasons:

  • Emigration
  • Financial issues
  • Divorce
  • Neglect or abuse
  • Elderly owners moving in to retirement homes
  • Not getting along with other dogs in the current home
  • Not coping with young children
  • Some are simply no longer wanted


What do I do if I see an ad for a free dog to a good home?

If you see a free to a good home ad, consider contacting the person who is advertising the dog. Please be sensitive to their situation and consider saying something like this:

Have you considered a reputable dog rescue as an option for re-homing your pet? Sadly there are dishonest and cruel people out there who use free to good home ads to find pets that they can turn into a profit (dog fighting/bait dogs/puppy mills) by whatever means necessary. These scammers will be friendly and have all the right answers.

A rescue will see that your dog receives all necessary vet care, including spaying/neutering, so they never end up in a puppy mill or breeding facility, before placing them in a pre-approved home.


What does fostering mean?

Boston’s struggle in the shelter/kennel environment, and by opening your home to a rescue, you are helping keep them out of shelters. Fostering in a loving home environment allows us to assess their personalities and match them to the perfect home. Fosters can be in your home from anywhere from 2 weeks to a month. If, for any reason it does not work out we will remove the dog immediately.

Please be aware that you can foster once year or once a month, whatever works best for you. We understand that it’s hard to let fosters go to their new homes, but when you do, a space opens up for the next one. If you have fallen in love and would like to adopt your foster the adoption fee is R900 (includes sterilization and vacs) and an adoption contract will need to be signed.

Boston Rescue will pay for all vet bills (all our rescues get vaccinated, dewormed and sterilized before they are adopted) and for food etc..

There is also a wonderful support system of volunteers who are able to assist and offer advice to foster home families, and this team is always available to lend a helping hand.

If you are ready to foster, please email carli.oconnor@gmail.com However, if you do decide that you are not quite ready to foster please keep in mind that we also need people to help with lifts, home checks, or help out at our Boston Terrier meets.