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 plea for assistance this morning from a local shelter. Duke, a recently surrendered dog, had come in somewhat shut down but was noticeably worse this morning. The shelter sent him to a local vet, but did not have the funds to assist past basic vetting. The vet thinks that Duke has a possible obstruction and he needed emergency care. Our volunteers went into immediate action and with the help of one of our rescue partners we were able to get Duke to UGA's Animal Emergency Hospital where he is currently being looked over by the vetting staff. (Thank you, Jeff Gold). We are told that this poor boy is in shock and they are working to get him stable so they can figure out what is going on and what next steps will be. This will involve, blood work, imaging (x-rays and or ultrasound), fluids, and other diagnostics. If it is an obstruction, he will need surgery. ABR took on this case without hesitation and now needs your help to make sure we have the funds to continue to help Duke. Please consider a donation to Duke's care

Donate to help Duke!*




ABR gets many requests to help Boxers in need and attempts to help all they can. Sometimes our limitation is in available homes. Sometimes the limitation is medical. When ABR was called about Puffin by a local animal control, people jumped into action to see if a miracle could be found to help this little one.

After spending the day at GVS, she was deemed stable and sent home to await a surgical consult. There was hope that the mass was nothing more than an out of control infection and medicines would help to ease her discomfort but her breathing became more labored and she began to pass out. Her foster family ran her back to GVS. A CT scan came back with bad news. The mass in her face was determined to be cancer. The mass extended from her canine tooth, through her sinuses and was compromising brain tissue. Sadly, there was nothing more the specialists could offer her.

Losing a foster is heartbreaking. None of us would be rescuing dogs if losing them came easy. While we were unable to secure more time for our sweet Puffin, the vet bills to attempt to save her are still significant. In cases like Puffin, we need your financial support as much as we do for our miracles like Jayda and her puppies but we also need your moral support. Please join us in wishing Puffin a peaceful and speedy journey to the bridge. If you are able to contribute to her medical bills, please donate to her youcaring account.

Donate to help Puffin!*


Zuri, Jayda & Puppies

PLEASE HELP! We have several expensive veterinary needs at the moment, so we are combining efforts on the two most pressing! All donations received so far have been entered into the donations page for tracking. No amount is too small. If each of the ABR supporters donate just $5, we will have this covered and have extra to pay for other pending medical expenses such as Scoots' knee repair, Georgie’s life saving care at GVS, Tilly’s demodex mange treatment, and the numerous babies in heartworm treatment. Please help us meet our goal to support these pups!

ZURI the Bonsai Boxer


Zuri is a tiny girl who came to us after being found abandoned in a box with 2 other dogs at a construction site. Zuri was severely emaciated weighing in at just 15 lbs. and thought to be between 1 and 2 years old due to the condition of her teeth (adult teeth, covered in tartar). She was lethargic and not very playful but a great cuddler.

As she was resting up, learning to play, and putting on some much needed weight, we noticed she began to limp. After a week of rest and pain meds to treat an assumed sprained, she was not better. In fact she was worse. With no obvious injury, we decided x-rays were in order. Much to our surprise, the x-rays show she has open growth plates making her 7-9 months rather than 1-2 yrs old. What the x-rays also showed was that one of the two bones in her front leg has a damaged growth plate which is causing a separation of the leg bone from the joint which will continue to worsen and put more stress on her joint as she grows. She is in significant pain today and will continue to get more painful as growth causes more stress on the joint.

The specialists recommend surgery ASAP to address the elbow incongruity caused by the damaged growth plate. They are planning to shorten the Ulna (arm bone) to match the length of the radius (the second arm bone) to remove the stress on the joint. The orthopedist says she will be a bit of a project and the surgery will be expensive but necessary to prevent Zuri growing up in pain. They are estimating $2700. In order to provide Zuri the ability to grow up without pain, our goal is to raise at least half of her surgery cost or $1350 before her surgery 5/26/16. Zuri needs you! Surgery is expensive and ABR is into the most expensive year in history. We cannot do this without you.

Donate to help Zuri!*


Jayda and the Miracle of Her 5 Babies


Jayda came to ABR in crisis. She had delivered 1 baby and despite continuing in labor was unable to deliver any more. As the owner scrambled to get her assistance, the chance of the survival of the babies was dropping. So, he turned in desperation to ABR.

ABR sprang into action, transport was rolled out immediately and rushed momma Jayda plus her 1 baby to The Village Vets (TVV) for emergency C section. We knew the prognosis was not good for any of the remaining babies as the pre-surgery ultrasound indicated no heartbeats and the potential for infection for Jayda high. While heartbreaking, everyone agreed to try to save Jayda and any babies if we could. The amazing staff at TVV went to work right away and delivered a miracle by saving 4 of the remaining 7 babies still in utero. Jayda’s surgery was one complication after another. They had all hands on deck. As each baby was safely removed, they were handed off to one of the technicians who had the task of reviving each puppy, clearing their airways, and keeping them warm and alive in those first critical minutes. Momma now had the tough task of recovering from a major, ‘dirty’ surgery while nursing 5 babies that need her desperately. Controlling infection from the complications and controlling pain have been major challenges as nursing moms are limited in what they can take without hurting the babies.

Jayda’s first couple of days were rough. She was in a lot of pain and not able to help with her puppies much. her medical expenses are going to be huge - nearly $3,000 for the surgery alone. We need you! ABR jumps in to help the desperate quickly when the situation is dire like it was for Jayda and her babies and we would never be able to do that without your support. In the past our supporters have been resilient in their assistance when we ask for your financial support in pursuing certain treatments, this time we didn’t have the time, but we knew you would want us to help.

Donate to help Jayda!*




EMERGENCY! We woke up to a frantic message on our Facebook page this morning. A desperate plea from a good Samaritan, who notified us of a post on a local garage sale type page. This Boxer boy Georgie, this sweet precious life, ingested something almost a week ago and was now very ill. He was left outside to lay on the ground, unable to move, eat, drink or even focus. He was left right there on the ground for things to run their course, with no veterinary care. Thankfully, a neighbor saw him and posted a PLEA for help. Georgie likely has an obstruction. Our good Samaritan, along with another person who saw this horrific post, sprang into action. They are now on their way to Blue Pearl Emergency Vet, and it's a race against the clock for Georgie.

ABR has been hit by SO many infirmary cases lately, and our funds are drying up quickly. But how could we say no to helping this poor boy in dire need?! How could we possibly turn away from trying to save his life?! We may very well be too late to for this poor baby, but we are going to do everything possible to save Georgie. We will update as soon as we learn more. If you would like to donate to his likely high expenses, please and mention Georgie in the comments.

And MANY THANKS to Jade and friends who saw Georgie's post, contacted us, and sprang into action to try and save him! He has a chance because of you! Sharing does save lives!

Donate to help Georgie!*




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!*




Hello World. Saybin here. I came to ABR in mid April. My former family has some illness of their own and decided I would be better off in a home that is able to care for me.

I escaped from my home and went off on an adventure for a couple of days; what was I thinking? While I was gone I hurt my right rear leg pretty bad. It seems I have a torn cruciate. Not so bad? It’s the ONLY rear leg I have. About 3 years ago something happened and I had to have my right rear leg amputated. I was fine with this until now. I’ve been gimping around on my hurt leg so my foster mom took me to the orthopedic surgeon. After poking and prodding and an x-ray, he determined I need a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgery. This isn’t a cheap surgery, costing around $3,000 +/-. My goodness that’s a lot of money but ABR has stepped up to help me have the surgery. Now, I’m asking for you to help ABR help me. If everyone donates just a little bit it will help so much. Skip the gourmet coffee for a day, eat in instead of going out, there are lots of painless ways to help. And it’s so easy...Paypal is our friend. You can donate online here.

In the meantime, I’ll be hanging out at my foster home where the pack welcomed me with open paws. There is only 1 step for me to get outside and Mom helps me get back in. I can get in on my own but it is so much easier when she helps me.

OK then. Thank you for helping me help Atlanta Boxer Rescue help me.

Donate to help Saybin!*



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.

Donate to help our heartworm positive dogs!*

Demodex Mange

Donate to help all of our sick Boxers!

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.