by Lee Juslin
One day Roberta from Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue (CCBTR) got a call that turned into the situation all rescue volunteers dread.
The call came from the caretaker to an elderly woman with two dogs and three cats. Her health was failing and she was going into a nursing home. No plans had been made for the animals and they remained in the house for several weeks while furniture and belongings were moved out. The caretaker did what she could to feed and care for the pets but, ultimately a better solution was needed.
One of the dogs was a Boston Terrier which led to the call to Rebecca. The other dog, Babe, was a mixed breed. Roberta agreed to take Princess, the Boston Terrier, but she was unable to take Babe. With limited resources and foster homes, taking Babe would have potentially meant that Roberta’s group might not be able to take in another Boston Terrier in need. In addition, Roberta knew it would be very difficult if not impossible to place Babe since adopters come to Boston Terrier Rescue looking for a Boston or a Boston mix. Sadly, rescue volunteers need to think with their heads and not just their hearts.
Roberta helped Suzanne, the caretaker, reach out to other rescue groups and shelters that might take Babe, who was a friendly, easy-going dog, along with one of the cats to whom Babe was bonded, but no one stepped forward. Eventually, Suzanne stopped taking Roberta’s calls and Roberta was not able to find out what had happened to Babe.
Princess at nine is cute, spunky, and friendly. She has no heath or behavior issues though she is shy at first when meeting another animal. She is good with little children and other dogs once she gets to know them, and she tolerates cats. Since Bostons can live into their mid-teens, Princess most likely has a number of good years ahead.
A suitable forever home for Princess would be one with a steady routine and a mature couple, though she does not need someone at home with her all day. She would also be fine with other dogs if they were not a threat and did not bother her. Since she would be adjusting to a new environment, it would be best if there were no active, young children.
Once again, we have a situation where pets have not been provided for when owners are no longer able to care for them. One of the duties of responsible pet ownership is to set up a contingency plan for your pets when you are no longer able to house and care for them.
If you would like to learn more about Princess or Coastal Carolina Boston Terrier Rescue, apply to adopt or volunteer to foster, visit their Facebook page: CCBTR on FB or go to their website:CCBTR on line.
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