Are you thinking of getting a Boston Terrier?
There are at least three safe options that you can consider for getting your dog:
You don’t want to buy a puppy from a pet store or a website because most of those puppies come from mass breeding facilities (puppy mills or farms). The conditions that the dams (puppy mothers) and their puppies are kept are usually very bad and deserving condemn.
Another reason to avoid them is also the financial risk of having to pay a huge veterinary bill because the puppy might be sick, has no vaccinations, hasn’t been dewormed or microchipped.
That being said, let’s talk about the Boston Terrier adoption process!
Adoption empowers you to give an unwanted Boston Terrier a new chance in life. There are many misconceptions about adopting dogs, so let’s clear the waters!
Some people stay clear from rescues because they believe the dogs there aren’t “good” dogs. However…
It’s easy to let your heart guide you when you see an adorable Boston Terrier in need of a home.
But, alongside your good heart, it helps to rationalize the decision by looking at the following:
Boston Terriers which are up for adoption usually have already been spayed or neutered and microchipped.
Some rescue centres provide the dogs with parasite treatments (flea and worming) and make sure that they are up to date with their vaccinations (which shows how much they care and puts prospective dog owners at ease).
Also, you want to find out about the dog’s health history and make sure that the pooch looks healthy! No cuts, lesions, skin problems, etc.
Rescue centres don’t tend to put a dog for adoption if they are ill, need surgery or have serious behavioural problems.
It’s difficult to asses a Bostons behaviour if he’s been kept in a kennel when you visit. He’s probably scared and may appear shy. This behaviour can become even more pronounced in shelters.
So ask the staff about his behaviour.
If you are concerned about aggressive behaviour, voice your fears. Most rescue centres don’t place an aggressive dog for adoption in the first place. They work with dog trainers to improve a dog’s behaviour if needed.
Also, request the chance to see the dog in a private room or take him for a walk. During your one-on-one time, a dog might feel at ease and, with the sight of a toy or delicious treat, might show his true colours!
When I foster, people that seek to adopt come into my house and are able to see the dogs interact in a household, which gives them a more accurate perspective of their personality.
P.S. The rescue centres I believe in the benefits of a dog foster network where rescue dogs are placed in homes to acclimate and assess their personalities.
All dog ages pose a challenge of their own. Adopting a puppy is different from adopting an adult or senior dog.
Adopting a Boston Terrier is not for everyone.
Your personality, lifestyle and how you view responsibility play a huge role in determining if it’s the right choice for you.
It’s good to know what to expect before moving ahead with this option.
Rescue Boston Terriers may:
“Rehoming a Boston that’s lived somewhere else before is not the quick, easy or cheap way to get a dog.
Adopting a Boston with a history can sometimes prove a lifelong challenge. Are you ready for that and prepared to put the work in?”UK Boston Terrier Rescue.
Adopting a Boston Terrier is all about ensuring you’re matched with the perfect pooch for you so that you and your Boston can have a fantastic life together.
This is how the Boston Terrier adoption process looks like:
If you haven’t done so, research the Boston Terrier breed and make sure they are suited for you and your lifestyle.
Search for the breed. While county shelters accept every dog breed, there are times when they have Boston Terriers.
However, there are rescue centres that specifically take care of rehoming Bostons.
Refer to the Boston Terrier Adoption Resources section below for more info.
Once you’ve found a Boston that you are interested in, register your interest by submitting an application form.
The centre should get in touch with you. If they believe that both you and your chosen dog are a good match, then they will arrange for you to meet.
It’s best for everyone from your household to meet the dog, spend some one-on-one time together and see how everyone feels.
While spending time with a particular Boston Terrier, look for the signs I mentioned above! You want to observe him or her closely.
After looking at the signs (health, behaviour and age). Here’s what you can ask yourself to evaluate that first impression:
These are just a few questions that you can ask yourself before officially choosing the dog.
If you are happy with your chosen Boston Terrier (steps #5 and #6), and you think that your choice is a perfect fit for your lifestyle and family…
It’s time to start the adoption process and ask any last-minute questions.
While the process may be different at each rescue and shelter centres, generally you will need to fill out an application, and pay adoption fees (sometimes a deposit is required to begin the adoption process).
Each association sets its own adoption fees, these fees cover a lot of veterinary expenses – such as microchipping and neutering – that would usually add up after buying a dog.
During the application, they will ask you a list of questions to ensure that you are capable and prepared to care for the dog properly throughout his or her lifetime.
Be honest and truthful, the centre staff have experience in the matter and they are there ensure a successful match.
In some centres, one of the adoption support volunteers will visit your home to assess that your home is safe and suitable for your new dog. And also advise you on how to help your dog settle down.
For example, leaving a t-shirt or blanket at the kennels gets them used to your smell, and gives them something familiar to travel home with.
Here’s what you can do:
Finally, after the adoption process is complete and you have received their approval…
It’s time to head back to the centre to have your new family member officially signed over! Congratulations!
Read also: How Much Do Boston Terriers Cost? and What Is The Annual Cost of Owning a Boston Terrier? blog post for more info!
Looking for a Boston Terrier shelter or rescue?
There are some differences between shelters and rescue centres which is beneficial to be aware of when you are looking to adopt a Boston Terrier.
Shelters keep dogs available for adoption, including strays.
Usually, they can be partially funded by the city or be completely dependent on private donations.
Depending on location and funds, the quality of shelters varies dramatically. Some shelters provide basic medical care, training, daily walks and spay/neutering surgeries.
Others are more like holding pens than shelters.
In a nutshell:
Rescue groups are organizations that take dogs out of shelters, puppy mills, and abandoned dogs.
They keep them in foster homes, and sometimes private kennels until they get adopted.
Some rescues are breed-specific (which makes finding a Boston easier), while others take all types of dogs. Also, most of them tend to give the dogs more medical and behavioural care than many shelters.
Here are the highlights:
There are many Boston Terriers in need of adoption and/or fostering. Here are a few Boston Terrier rescue and shelter groups in the US:
P.S. If you don’t see a rescue listed for your area, check the national breed club or a local breed club. They should be able to point you toward a Boston Terrier rescue.
For the UK, I only know of two groups after consulting The Kennel Club: