The following Boxers are rescues who come to us in pretty bad shape and require extra medical attention. We will post periodic updates on our patients. As always, donations toward their medical care are greatly appreciated.



ABR received an Urgent request from animal control. This morning two 3 week old puppies were surrendered...Momma ran off after birth. 3 of their siblings died this morning so the owners dropped these 2 which were also acting sick at AC in hopes someone might be able to save them. Animal Control contacted ABR and ABR jumped into motion. Our transport was in motion within minutes of receiving the help cry from AC but even then, 1 baby died. This beautiful little flashy girl needs your prayers and we need your support. She is very weak. She is emaciated, her temperature was too low so she couldn’t eat or digest what would have been provided until they got her temperature up. Vets give us a very low chance of survival. The initial parvo test was negative done at AC but our vets are checking it again. Also checking necropsy on the one we lost to see if they can identify what is killing the babies in time to save this one. ABR does not give up easily so this is going to get expensive very quickly. Please help us cover the costs of her medical expenses if you can and if you cannot, please pray for her!

UPDATE: After a night of fighting for her life, our little puppy left for the bridge just before 7 this morning. We are heartbroken but we know everything was done that could possibly be done to help her. Please wish her love and peace at the bridge. Although we lost the fight, the bills remain. If so inclined, you can donate to her medical bills here.

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Rocco is a super sweet boy. He is friendly with humans, dogs, and dog-savvy cats. One month ago, Rocco was given to a woman by her co-worker who said that his fiancée was allergic to dogs. He said Rocco's only problem was cataracts in his one eye. As a life-long animal lover, she wanted to help Rocco. Upon bringing him into her home, she learned that “cataracts in one eye” was not the case. He definitely had more complex vision issues. During ABR’s behavioral evaluation, she contacted Rocco’s prior owner to get his vetting history. Poor Rocco had only been to the vet once in his almost 5 years. Unfortunately, her family does not have the resources to fix his vision issues and what is likely to be a myriad of other issues. She did not want to take Rocco to a shelter because she feared that he would be put down. During ABR’s evaluation, whether he had vision in his left eye was not apparent. What was clear was that if he did have any remaining sight, it would only be cleared by fixing what is causing discharge and irritation to his “good” eye. Rocco is also skinny (likely caused by worms), is not on heart worm prevention, is not neutered, has irritated skin/rash/fungus on his chest, and has some thickening of his ears likely due to past recurrent ear infections. While ABR could have looked the other way because no foster had yet stepped up, they decided to take him in. Hopefully, Rocco has some remaining vision that can be saved with medication. Rocco's vet care will be expensive but he is so worth it. Please consider donating to help cover some of his vet bills.

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Please help! This afternoon, we were contacted by one of the local shelters with an urgent need. A family adopted this sweet boy from the shelter last week. He left with some kennel cough but it developed into pneumonia and the family could not afford the recommended treatment. The family did the right thing and brought him back to the shelter for his health emergency. The shelter called because he likely has pneumonia, and cannot go back into the shelter population without possibly infecting the entire kennel. You can hear his labored breathing in the video. This boy needed help, and needed it fast! We were able to pick him up, and he went directly to a vet ICU. He is receiving breathing treatments, fluids, IV antibiotics and getting much needed rest. He is not eating right now, but that is being monitored. He also tested positive for some tick bourne illnesses, and will receive treatment for those. Please, if you can help with this unexpected hospitalization, consider donating to Hulk

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Scoots is as sweet as pie but has a very obvious problem. When ABR was asked to help, they were advised she might have a hip issue. This is far beyond what we expected, but we still welcomed her with open hearts. This sweet little love bug came in with what we think is her brother. They are tiny, tiny, emaciated, heartworm positive, both have leg issues and she is just breaking our heart! She has an appointment with Orthopedics on 1/12 and we are praying they can help. It looks like she is going to be several thousand dollars to help her. Her brother is looking like he will need TPLO. We are praying our supporters will come through and help us give this happy girl the rosy life she sees for herself.

Donate to help Scoots!*



Adult heartworms live in the heart and pulmonary arteries of infected dogs. They survive up to 5 years and during this time, the female produces millions of baby worms (microfilaria).  These microfilaria live in the bloodstream, mainly in the small blood vessels.

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes.  The female mosquito bites the infected dog and ingests the microfilariae during a blood meal.  The microfilariae develop further for 10-30 days in the mosquito and then enter the mouth parts of the mosquito.  The mosquito bites another dog and transmits the disease to that other dog.

When fully developed, the infective larvae enter the bloodstream and move to the heart and adjacent vessels, where they grow to maturity in 2 to 3 months and start reproducing. 

Adult worms cause disease by clogging the heart and major blood vessels leading from the heart.  They interfere with the valve action in the heart.  By clogging the main blood vessels, the blood supply to other organs of the body is reduced, particularly the lungs, liver and kidneys, leading to malfunction of these organs.

A lot of dogs infected with heartworms do not show any signs of disease for as long as two years.  Unfortunately, by the time signs are seen, the disease is well advanced.  The obvious signs of the disease are a soft, dry, chronic cough, shortness of breath, weakness, nervousness, listlessness and loss of stamina.  A lot of these signs are most noticeable following exercise where dogs can faint from the lack of air passing through their lungs.

There is some risk involved in treating dogs with heartworms.  The treatment to kill adult worms is an injectable drug that will kill the worms in the heart and adjacent vessels over a period of about 30 – 45 days. 

Complete rest is essential after treatment: some adult worms die in a few days and start to decompose; the remainder will die during the 30-45 days.  As they break up, they are carried to the lungs, where they lodge in the small blood vessels and are eventually reabsorbed by the body.  This is a dangerous period, and is it essential that the dog be kept quiet and not be allowed to exercise.  The first couple of weeks after the injections are very critical because the worms are dying.  A cough is noticeable for 7 to 8 weeks after treatment in heavily infected dogs.

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Demodex Mange

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Demodectic mange (also known as red mange, follicular mange, or puppy mange) is a skin disease, generally of young dogs, caused by the mite, Demodex canis. All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess this mite as mites are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the first few days of life. Most dogs live in harmony with their mites, never suffering any consequences from being parasitized. If, however, conditions change to upset the natural equilibrium (such as some kind of suppression of the dog's immune system), the Demodex mites may "gain the upper hand." The mites proliferate and can cause serious skin disease

The lesions and signs of demodectic mange usually involve hair loss; crusty, red skin; and at times, a greasy or moist appearance. The mites prefer to live in the hair follicles, so in most cases, hair loss is the first noted sign. Usually, hair loss begins around the muzzle, eyes, and other areas on the head. The lesions may or may not itch. In localized mange, a few circular crusty areas will be noted, most frequently on the head and forelegs of young dogs 3-6 months of age. Most of these lesions will self heal as the puppies become older and develop their own immunity. Persistent lesions will need treatment. In cases in which the whole body is involved (generalized mange), there will be areas of hair loss over the entire coat, including the head, neck, abdomen, legs, and feet. The skin along the head, side, and back will be crusty and oftentimes inflamed. It will often crack and ooze a clear fluid. Hair will be scant, but the skin itself will often be oily to the touch. There is usually a secondary bacterial infection. Some animals can become quite ill and develop a fever, lose their appetite, and become lethargic. Patients with generalized demodectic mange need immediate vigorous treatment.

The treatment of Demodectic mange is usually accomplished with lotions, dips, and shampoos. Fortunately, 90% of demodectic mange cases are localized, in which only a few small areas are involved and can often be treated topically.

Thanks to all of you who step forward to help save these sweet babies!
We couldn't do it without you!

*Any funds collected above and beyond an individual dog's vetting expenses will be directed to other ABR dogs in need.