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As of October 1, 2015 we are officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are listed as the BT Rescue of Oklahoma Foundation. All donations are now tax deductible. This will also make it much easier for us to pull dogs from local shelters. We would like to thank everyone for their support, and everyone who helped make this possible!
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The love of the breed led to adoption, but the love of the dog led to starting a rescue. Sweet Madison was only 9 years old when she lost her battle with bladder cancer. It is because of her that Boston Terrier Rescue of Oklahoma was established just one year later. Madison will be remembered for many, many years to come through the work we do for other Bostons. We might not have been able to save her life, but we will do our best to save as many others as we can!
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization comprised of a team of diligent volunteers. The Boston Terrier Rescue of Oklahoma is dedicated to rescuing as many Boston Terriers as we can. No rescue is too small or too large and while we primarily serve Oklahoma, we have been known to aid in neighboring states as well when we're able. Our goal is to bring these sweet babies into rescue long enough to ensure that they are healthy and have been behavior tested so that we may place them into a loving, FURever home they fit right into!
We are a foster-based rescue and as such, we do not have a central facility where all of the dogs can be visited such as city shelters. All of our dogs are fostered in homes which also allows the opportunity to test more behaviors than a shelter setting might, such as house-training, interaction with other animals, and other behaviors that a dog might exhibit in a home. While we strive to provide as much information as we can about all of our dogs, sometimes we are limited on how much we know about the background of dogs that come into our care.
We're always here for any questions you may have throughout the adoption process, and even after adoption and once you have your new baby home. We love to see our dogs flourish and make their paw prints on each of your hearts!
* For more information about our rescue and answers to commonly asked questions, please check out our FAQ page by clicking the FAQ tab on the menu bar.
Please don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com, message our Facebook page, or complete the form at the bottom of our website.
Facts and Frequently Asked Questions
Our Boston Terriers
Our Boston Terriers come to us from local shelters, owner surrenders and as strays. Our main goal is to re-home these Boston Terriers into loving homes so they will never end up homeless again. Most of our dogs are very sweet Boston Terriers that have just fallen on hard times and need someone to love them.
All our dogs are in loving foster homes until adoption. We do not have a facility for our rescue. We are just a group of dedicated volunteers trying to save as many lives as possible. Because of this we have dogs being fostered throughout the state including, Muskogee, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. You will be asked to pickup any dog you are adopting where ever it is being fostered to make it easier on our volunteers.
First we will take time to review your application, and depending on the current volume of applications this could take 5-7 days. We process all applications in the order they come in and try to process them as quickly as possible. You should receive a confirmation email when your application has been received. Please remember we are a 100% volunteer based organization. We all have day jobs to pay our bills so that we can save Boston Terriers at night. You are welcome to email us to check on the status of your application, but please allow at least 3 days before doing so, we do work hard to process applications as fast as possible.
After we have reviewed your application we will then put in a call to your veterinarian and personal references. If everything checks out well, we will then contact you for a home visit. The time this takes depends on your schedule and our volunteers’ availability, but at this point you will be in the loop about the scheduling.
After a successful home visit, we will then contact you and let you know. If the dog you want is already available we will work out a time for pickup. If you are just in the process of being pre-approved for a dog, we will put you on the list of pre-approved adopters. If a dog you are interested in becomes available you will just need to contact us to let us know you are interested, and we will work with you. Pre-approval will put you ahead of new applicants. (Also, if you are interested in fostering to adopt please let us know, and we will work with you on that process as well).
(Please note that just because a dog is still on our page does not mean it has not had application put in for it. We only mark dogs pending adoption if the potential adopter has passed all aspects of the application process and we are just working out a pickup date; or we have received multiple, promising applications for the same dog. We will always let you know before the home visit if the dog you are interested in has possibly been spoken for, and will still encourage you to get pre-approved. We continually get Boston Terriers into our rescue and may get in an even better match for your family very soon.)
We require a fenced yard to adopt, except in certain circumstances that will be at our discretion. All fenced yards must be fully fenced, recently checked for holes/gaps and secure enough that a small dog cannot get through. Any app that has a doggie door and no fenced yard will not be considered. An “invisible or underground fence” will not be accepted as a fence.
Health of Your New Pet
While we cannot guarantee life span, we do make every effort to assure our dogs are in good health. We also will inform you before adoption, if you have decided to adopt a dog that does have a known health issue. All dogs are fully vetted at the time of adoption which includes spay/neuter, microchiping, all vaccines - Rabies, Bordetella, and DHLP - along with heartworm check and the first month of preventative. The only exception would be puppies, and they will be fully up to date on their vaccines for their age. You will receive paperwork to bring to your vet, so you will know when their next set of shots are due.
Our adoption fees range from $200-$1500 depending on the dog. We do list this for each dog in the discription. Puppies are the highest because they take the most care and vetting before being adoption ready. We make every effort to make sure prices are fair for each dog. Please understand all prices include the dog being fully vetted and health checked. It is vitally important to us that our dogs go to the best homes possible, so our prices are set to assure serious applicants only. The adoption fee is on a cash basis and is non-refundable. Please also note, no one in this organization is on a salary of any kind through the rescue. All money from adoptions goes directly back into saving more dogs.
All adopters must sign an adoption agreement when adopting any of our dogs. This agreement states that you will take proper care of your new dog including future vet care when needed. All adoption agreements also state that the dog will be returned to the rescue if the adopter can no longer keep the dog for any reason. We highly recommend allowing at least a month for a dog to adjust; oftentimes settling into a new home can take time and lots and lots of patience. Always remember you are adopting a dog that has been through something in order to end up in rescue, so it is important to be understanding and patient with them as they adjust to their new life.
Out of State Adoptions
We do adopt to out of state, for approved applicants. Our rescue does not do sight unseen adoptions, chain transfers, and we do not place our dogs on planes alone to fly as cargo. If an application is approved we require those applicants travel to Oklahoma to pick up their rescue animal. Since most of our animals our too big to fly commercial most people fly in and then have to drive home.
Fees for Dogs that are Found and Returned to Owner:
Paperwork Needed Before Dog Will Be Returned to Owner:
Frequently asked questions:
Does BTROO get funding from the government?
No, we are private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are not funded by any government agency.
What does 501(c)(3) mean to me?
501(c)(3) means a nonprofit organization that has been recognized by the IRS as being tax-exempt by virtue of its charitable programs. This also mean any donations you make to the organization in which no goods were exchanged are tax deductible. So adoption fees and auction items are not tax deductible, but cash donations and Amazon Wishlist items you send to us are tax deductible. All you will need to do is print and keep your receipt for these items.
Is the BTROO tied to any other rescue organization?
No, we are an independent organization. We often work with other rescues and shelters for the common goal of saving more dogs, but we are not a part of a bigger organization.
Where are your microchips registered?
All microchips are registered with our information as the primary contact though AKC. After you adopt a dog from our rescue we will add your information to the registration, but we remain the primary contact for the life of any dog adopted through our organization. If at any time your contact information changes you must contact us, and we will change your information for you. We do not transfer microchips for any reason. This is to ensure the safety of all dogs going through our rescue. This keeps our dogs from being bought, sold or traded without our consent.
I need behavior help for my new dog. Can you help?
You are welcome to contact us with questions and concerns at any time through email firstname.lastname@example.org or by messaging our Facebook page. We do have a volunteer that has compiled a list of trainers in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City area that we can get to you. All our volunteers are also Boston Terrier owners themselves, and we are all glad to give you tips and tricks to help you with the breed.
Can I make a donation?
Absolutely, we have a tab on the webpage to our Amazon wish list and any of these items are always appreciated. You are welcome to purchase them anywhere, Amazon just made it easy for us to make a view-able list. If you would like to make a cash donation we have a donation button on the menu tab that you may use to make donations. If you need the donation address for any reason, please email us from the contact us form at the bottom of our website and we will get you the information you need. All donations are tax deductible since we are a 501(c)(3) rescue organization.
How can I volunteer for the BTROO?
We are always in need of foster homes. If you are interested in becoming a foster please first fill out our foster application, and we will get in touch with you. We also are always in need of people for home visits, adoption events, etc. if you would be interested in helping with any of these task please contact us and we will get you started.
I lost my Boston what can I do?
Message our Facebook page. We will re-post missing Boston Terriers from our page in hopes more people see your missing pet notice.
I found a Boston what can I do?
Here are some tips that we hope will help you reunite the found pet with its owner:
Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood for several days to look for fliers. If you found an animal in your neighborhood then it probably lives in your neighborhood.
Advertise. Post found notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, at pet supply stores, dog parks and other locations. Also, place advertisements in newspapers and with radio stations. When describing the animal, leave out one identifying characteristic and ask the person who calls to describe it.
Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies. File a found pet report with every shelter within a 60-mile radius of your home and take a found flier to post.
If there is no shelter in your community, contact the local police department. Provide these agencies with an accurate description.
If the animal is wearing a Rabies tag, call the Clinic phone number and they will be able to give you the owner’s contact info.
You should also have a vet scan the animal to see if it is micro-chipped. This can be performed for free.
If you are unable to locate the owners and would like to contact our rescue to help with re-homing please contact us with an accurate description, a picture if possible, through our email email@example.com Foster availability and the amount of dogs currently in rescue may effect whether we can re-home the dog for you, but we will assist in any way we can to help you get the Boston Terrier into a loving home.