Rescue SPOTlight: Arizona Basset Hound Rescue

Today’s Rescue SPOTlight shines on Arizona Basset Hound Rescue, an outstanding organization in Arizona and participant not only in our upcoming book, Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories About Basset Hounds but also in Up For Pups’ Rescue Best Practices Manual.

  • Mission: As a non-profit 501 (c) (3) animal welfare organization, Arizona Basset Hound Rescue, Inc. provides veterinary care, food, support, and shelter to Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds and Basset Hound mixes needing assistance in Arizona. We treat these animals as our own, with the utmost care and respect and make decisions based on compassion for the quality of life these Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds and Basset Hound mixes will enjoy while in our care. We provide necessary support for the dogs while in the care of the foster home using the dogs’ personalities, behaviors, and special needs as a guide. We work in cooperation with local and state shelters to reduce euthanasia of Basset Hounds, Blood Hounds, and Basset Hound mixes.
  • Date founded: 1999
  • Types of animals you take in: Basset Hounds and Bloodhounds
  • Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals): Mid
  • Your name: Robin Martin
  • Your position in the rescue: Currently, Vice President – Intake
  • How long you’ve been with the rescue: 7 years
  • What you like best about animal rescue: Making a difference in the lives of animals that have come upon hard times.  Helping them find new forever loving homes.
  • What you think is hardest about animal rescue: Dealing with people and making people understand the plight on the animals in need
  • Share one quick story about a rescue experience: There are so many, but my boy Shammy came into Rescue at 43 pounds and totally hairless.  He had been deemed unadoptable by the local humane society, and they asked that AZBHR take him.  Shammy is now 75 pounds, and I have to Furminate him weekly.  Without the Rescue, Shammy would be gone and my life would be a little less full.

Rescue SPOTlight: Legacy Boxer Rescue

Today’s Rescue SPOTlight shines on Legacy Boxer Rescue. LBR was one of the key contributors for Lost Souls: FOUND! Inspiring Stories about Boxers and is now assisting us with the development of a rescue best practices manual.

Legacy Boxer Rescue

Legacy Mission: For every life there is a legacy. In many instances the legacy passed down is not as it should be and requires help from caring souls to be fulfilled. It is our belief that all Boxers should have a legacy befitting of their wonderful enthusiasm and love of life, but sadly, this isn’t always the case.

We, the founder and volunteers of Legacy Boxer Rescue, have made it our mission to seek out these Boxers and create a legacy they deserve, a loving family and home of their own.

We firmly believe that a Boxer’s future should never be uncertain, so we will help to create better, happier legacies for them; one Boxer at a time.

A legacy that replaces despair with hope, sorrow with happiness, fear with security, and pain with love.

  • ·Date founded: March 18, 2004
  • ·Types of animals you take in: Boxer Dogs
  • ·Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals): Large
  • ·Your name: Sharon Sleighter
  • ·Your position in the rescue: President
  • ·How long you’ve been with the rescue: Founder
  • ·What you like best about animal rescue: Seeing a boxers spirit return; it’s an amazing thing. 🙂
  • ·What you think is hardest about animal rescue: Not being able to help them all.
  • ·Share one quick story about a rescue experience:

In November of 2004, LBR was a mere eight months old, and the financial aspect was not looking good for us. We were struggling to maintain enough money to pay the bills, and while we were very determined, we simply didn’t have the means to fundraise being so new. We had a small volunteer base and an even smaller support base.

Then fate struck in the name of a dog named Nemo, whom LBR needed as badly as he needed LBR.

One cold night just before Thanksgiving that year, we received an email from a shelter contact. The subject line read “ISO: BOXER RESCUE. MALE BOXER, WORST CASE OF MANGE EVER!!!”

There were no pictures. There was just that headline and a smaller note that said he would be euthanized that evening if no one stepped forward to take him. LBR raised our paw to help him and the wheels started turning. LBR’s version of “Finding Nemo” was on.

I sent Kristy to the shelter to get him, and told her I would meet her at the clinic. She called me after picking him up, sobbing. She said, “It’s awful. He’s an adult dog with no hair at all, and his skin cracks and bleeds when you touch him.”

She was afraid he was going to die in her car before she arrived. Needless to say, he didn’t die on the way, but nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see when I walked into the clinic that night. This poor animal was skin and bones and just a bloody, infected mess from head to the tip of his long, natural tail. No spark in his eyes; no wag in his tail. Just sadness.

We considered, briefly, euthanizing him, as he had to be just miserable, but then I said to everyone in the room, “This is mange. We can fix this, and this is the worst he will ever feel from this moment on. Starting today, it’s all uphill.” We posted pictures of Nemo on our website, and the outpouring of care and support was almost overwhelming. In 24 hours we raised over $4,000.00 for Nemo, and if you know mange, well, it simply isn’t that costly to treat, so those donations helped us to help others like Nemo.

Nemo truly saved LBR as much as LBR saved Nemo. Nemo’s foster parents ended up adopting him after his ordeal, and he blossomed into a very handsome boxer. Though his scars were always apparent on the surface, his parents made sure they didn’t go any deeper. He enjoyed whipped cream from the spray can for treats and gave them several years of loyalty and love. Nemo, sadly, passed away in 2009 from lymphoma, but he will never be forgotten here at LBR.

Rescue Spotlight: MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue

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MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue


  • Rescue Name: MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue
  • Website:
  • Mission: To rescue and re-home abandoned Boston Terriers and to persuade those interested in purchasing a dog to “adopt, and not shop”, meaning to not purchase a dog or puppy from a puppy mill or puppy mill-supplied pet store, but instead, to adopt a homeless dog to save a life.”
  • Date founded: November 2005
  • Types of animals you take in: Dog; Boston Terrier
  • Size of Rescue (Small=less than 50 animals, Mid=51-200 animals, Large=201+ animals): Large
  • Your name: Jennifer Misfeldt
  • Your position in the rescue: President/Founder
  • How long you’ve been with the rescue: November 2005
  • What you like best about animal rescue: the support from the public
  • What you think is hardest about animal rescue: inconsistency among multiple foster parents across multiple states
  • Share one quick story about a rescue experience:Here’s a poem from the MABTR website, which speaks for itself

To My First Rescue Dog

You came to me full grown
But very much like a puppy.
A human’s love you had not yet known.
Each pat on your head
Caused you to jump in a frenzy.
In your first hours you even shredded your bed.
Each experience was new and you were so amazed.
Inside the house you seemed overwhelmed.
Just the simplest things would capture your gaze.
Constant excitement was your state.
Your jumping and barking
Made you a challenging roommate.
But slowly you came to understand
And when I reach out
You no longer chewed on my hand.
Within a few months so calmly you sat.
Imploring with those sweet brown eyes
To give your head just one more pat.
The adoption day in mid-December
When you met your new family
Is one I will always remember.
I sent you on your way
With a final hug and kiss
Knowing your new life began that day.
You trotted away without a backward glance
And through my tears I smiled
Because you deserved this second chance.