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.

Gretchen & Milo

We have names! Introducing Gretchen (left, cropped eared girl) and Milo (right, natural eared boy)!! These two are in rough shape physically, so they will be in foster for at least a couple months. Both pups are heartworm positive and had bellies full of intestinal parasites. Milo is currently battling a bad case of kennel cough, and both have upper respiratory infections. Gretchen also has several tumors that will need to be removed. One of particular concern is a large tumor on her hind leg, that has been confirmed as a mast cell tumor. Because of the size and proximity, she will likely need to lose a little muscle in the hind leg to ensure all of the cancer is removed. Gretchen and Milo have a long road to recovery ahead of them, and we can't do it without your help!


Donate to help Gretchen & Milo!*


Meet Eddie! He's a sweet and mature boy, who only wants to love on his people and other dogs. Unfortunately, he came to us with a mass on his toe. After a trip to the vet, it was confirmed to be a mast cell tumor (cancer), and amputation of his toe is the only option to keep it from spreading. Eddie is the most lovable boy, and he deserves every chance possible to have his happy ever after! Please help us by supporting Eddie's surgery!


Donate to help Eddie!*


Our volunteer who picked Lena up said she was one of the saddest dogs she had ever picked up at a shelter. She is literally a bag of bones. Too weak to walk into the vets office. For now, she is being called Lena. Her condition is very poor...the vet gave her a 1 out of 9. Just finding out how to proceed will be expensive. In spite of her condition, she gave wags everytime our volunteer touched her.

Lena made it through the night, and is eating and pottying. She will have several tests run today. The vet said that she has a bloated stomach, her liver feels enlarged, and she has a significant heart murmur. Amazingly, a heartworm snap test is showing negative. Lena will have X-rays and bloodwork done today, to determine next steps.

We knew that Lena was in bad shape and would be an expensive case, but we just had to give her a chance. Such a sweet soul in such a horribly neglected body. We owed it to her to try! Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!


Donate to help Lena!*

Lil Bit

When Lil Bit first came to ABR she was very emaciated and we thought she just needed lots of love and good food. She was taken to the vet for what her foster mom thought to be a bad case of hook worms and found out that she was very anemic, had a raging UTI infection, an ulcer on her eye and her kidneys were basically failing her. She had to have an emergency blood transfusion and spent five days in the ICU. She was like a whole new dog after the blood transfusion and her things looked good for a bit but then they started to decline again as her kidneys were unable to produce the red blood cells necessary to help support herself. The vets basically told us that she was on borrowed time and they didn’t expect her to last much more than a month or so. That was the first week of February.

As a last resort we decided to take her to a special vet who changed her over to a raw diet and supplements for her kidneys. Since she has been on the raw diet and supplements her kidneys have once again started producing the red blood cells her body so desperately needed and all of her values continue to move in the right direction.

As you can probably imagine, keeping her on this kind of diet in addition to the supplements and the vet fees that have accumulated through this whole process is not cheap. The volume of the food she requires continues to increase as her health continues to improve. We can assure you that Lil Bit would send big doggie kisses and love bug cuddles to anybody that is able to help donate towards her care so that we can continue to help her improve by keeping her on her current regimen. Please know that every bit helps no matter how big or small and that she would be forever grateful so that she can one day find her furever home that she rightfully deserves.

Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated! If you are interested in donating to Lil Bit’s growing bills, please donate here.

Thank you!


Donate to help Lil Bit!*


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.