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.



Meet Tango – A very sweet boy who wants nothing more than to be loved on by anyone who will love on him. Tango came to ABR with heartworms and a bad infection on his front leg. Tango, who had not had the best life so far, was such a sweet and handsome dog that ABR just had to get him out of the shelter and to the vet, even though they didn’t have a foster home for him yet. Unfortunately, due to his previous owner not getting the infection looked at, by the time he came to ABR the infection was so bad that amputation was the only option. Tango has done great without his front leg and probably feels much better now that it is gone. Since Tango is heartworm positive he will have to undergo heartworm treatment before he can go to his forever home. As you can imagine, leg amputation and heartworm treatment are expensive, so if you can possibly help with this sweet boy’s medical expenses it would be greatly appreciated.

Donate to help Tango!*


This sweet little love bug came to ABR in October of 2014. It was quickly apparent that she was ill, and extensive testing confirmed that she had chronic kidney disease and anemia. The long-term outlook for Peanut was not good, but ABR made every effort to give her a happy life for as long as possible. This has included pushing daily subcutaneous fluids and a special diet that is less taxing to the kidneys. If that weren’t enough, Peanut has suffered several bouts of Pancreatitis requiring hospital stays and intravenous (IV) fluids. Much to everyone’s surprise she has surpassed all expectations by bouncing back and returning to her happy life of playing with her three fur foster siblings, climbing fences (and escaping), and giving her foster mom and dad daily hugs! Unfortunately it was recently discovered that her anemia has worsened, and she now requires an expensive human medication, Epogen, to help rebuild her red blood cell count. The first month alone will run around $1,200 for medication and testing, but after that it is expected to cost approximately $250 to $300 monthly. We will do all we can to help Peanut keep fighting, but we need your help. Please consider making a donation to assist us with Peanut's medical bills.

Donate to help Peanut!*



Meet Breyer. This poor boy was surrendered to the shelter because his previous owner couldn't afford veterinary care. It is unclear exactly what happened, but we do know that Breyer was covered in fleas, and has oozing sores all over his underbelly and swollen legs. His skin scrapes have tested negative for mange, so we are focused now on helping alleviate the itchy discomfort, treating the infection and helping his skin heal. Despite all of this, Breyer is a sweet boy who just wags his tail. He loves everyone he meets! Breyer is now resting in a foster home, and we will share more as his vetting continue.

Donate to help Breyer!*



Our sweet Louise found herself in a shelter after being seized from a hoarding situation. She was emaciated, had hair loss and a mass on her head, and her spirit was broken. A biopsy of the mass on her head told us that the mass was cancerous. Hasn't this poor girl gone through enough in her short life? After Louise gained enough weight to undergo surgery, the mass on her head was removed with wide margins in hopes of getting all the cancer. Once she is strong and healed enough, Louise will need to undergo heartworm treatment. Louise takes every health hurdle in stride. Even with a head full of staples, Louise is loving and thankful for her foster family. She just wants to give kisses and cuddle on the sofa. If you'd like to donate to Louise's ongoing medical care, please donate here.

Donate to help Louise!*



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.