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.



Lucie arrived at ABR weighing in at 30 lbs and unable to hold down any food or allow any of it to pass completely through. She was rushed to GVS, where she was put into the ICU for diagnosis and critical care. After 24 more hours of not being able to eat, a third X-ray was taken and finally, it appeared that there was a possible obstruction in her small intestine. She was rushed into surgery early Monday morning to see what the problem might be. A complete obstruction was found and removed and Lucie started her road to recovery. Within the week, kennel cough set in from her stint at animal control and since her little body was so weak, this progressed to pneumonia in a very short period of time. She was hospitalized again and put on stronger antibiotics to try to knock out the virulent bug she had contracted.

UPDATE: Lucie is now a happy, healthy puppy and has gained her weight back, but her medical bills topped $5000 and ABR is still working to cover these costs. Any help we can get toward getting them paid off will be incredibly helpful!

Donate to help Lucie!*



Hooch's life up until now has only seen the worst of human kind. We don't know how or why he was roaming around on his own, but Hooch wandered into the wrong stranger's garage. Rather than helping him, the person who found him chose to see Hooch as a threat and shot him. When contacted by the local animal control, ABR couldn't help but jump into action. With your help, we will make sure that Hooch only experiences the best of human kind from here on out!

Amazingly, Hooch was shot cleanly through the shoulder and has so far survived. He has no broken bones, but has some right-side weakness and difficulty standing without help. Hooch is currently at the vet, and will be for several more days. A special thank you to our vetting partner, North Georgia Veterinary Referral Practice, for opening their doors late on a Sunday to ensure this special boy received the care he needed!

Even with all of the pain and weakness, Hooch is showing us loving nub wags. He is a calm, loving, gentle and tolerant boy. He wants to do what all Boxers want to do: he wants to play, be loved, and enrich someone's life with that special bond these great dogs offer us. The level of trust and love that this precious boy is showing despite his recent experience is a testament to the love of a Boxer.

As one might surmise, the expense is great, as is the need. Please help us do right by Hooch. ABR is asking that our supporters and friends answer the call again and support ABR in protecting and healing Hooch and others like him. Your financial support of ABR and Hooch allows him to get the treatment he needs, and lets ABR get on with its mission of protecting these glorious, goofy, better than we deserve animals.

Donate to help Hooch!*



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 and we are praying they can help.

UPDATE: It cost ABR several thousand dollars to help her, but Scoots is now walking upright and getting better every day!

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.

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.