11/17/15  —  Good morning to our family of donors.  As of today, you have generously donated $5,250.00 to help BTRA save Boston terriers and French bulldogs at the auction scheduled for 11/21/15.  We are very grateful to everyone who is helping with this rescue.  In order for BTRA to use funds that are in paypal, we have to transfer the funds to BTRA’s checking account.  The transfer must be completed by the close of business 11/18/15.  For the past two years, Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama has dedicated a large portion of our time and efforts, along with your financial help, in getting as many dogs out of the “puppy mill” life as possible.  The bid price for each dog is an unknown until the dogs are placed on the bidding table and everyone begins the bidding process.  The breeders DO NOT give these dogs away.  If rescues do not have enough money to secure the safety of these dogs, other breeders will get the dogs and continue to use them for breeding purposes.  I do not enjoy giving money to breeders in way, shape or form; however, if I do not purchase the dogs, they will continue to suffer being caged and uncared for and unloved.  Please look very deep in your heart and make a commitment to helping these precious ones start a new life becoming a cherished pet in a loving home.  I know that together WE can do this.  Thank you.


Jo-Ellyn G. Vincent
Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama

11/15/15 — Today, our family of donors has donated $ 4,525.89 for the upcoming puppy mill auction in Missouri to be held on November 21, 2015.  Please take a few minutes and read Maggie Moo’s story.  Maggie was my first “puppy mill” rescue and the reason I am so passionate about saving these doggies who are helpless at the hands of human beings.  I held Maggie in my arms while she was crossing the Rainbow Bridge, and I promised her that I would continue to fight for her fellow brothers and sisters still suffering an existence no animal should be subjected to.  I want to honor my promise to Maggie, but I need your help. 


       In March, 2007, Maggie came into my life by way of rescue. She came from a puppy mill breeder sellout at an auction in Wheaton, Missouri. She had been a breeder dog for the first six years of her life. What a pitifully sad Boston she was.

       As a breeder dog, Maggie was required to have a litter of puppies every time she came in to heat. Her living conditions were deplorable—just a small wire cage where she was housed 24/7. Her feet were never allowed on the ground for play or exercise. Her only worth was her ability to produce one litter after another.

       When I first saw Maggie, she was in this crated area along with many others. She was so scared while standing in her own urine and feces. Her soulful eyes looked up at me as if to say PLEASE help me get out of this hellish nightmare, help me to become a beloved companion pet, help me by loving and caring for me for the rest of my life. I did not know it at the time, but I was really there to save Maggie and for Maggie to save me. Yes, I rescued Maggie that day, and she was a true inspiration in forgiveness and unconditional love.

      When I watched Maggie, it became very clear that she was like a wild animal. She did not know anything about a loving touch by a friendly hand. She did not know that she needed to be clean, nails cut, have a warm bed, have good food to eat and always have a clean bowl of water to drink. She certainly did not know about having a harness and leash put on her body that had only been used for production of puppies for six years. But she did know that she wanted a different life, and she did know that she deserved better than to just be a “puppy mill” commodity. Maggie had not been provided with vaccinations and had never had a general health check. Maggie and I went to visit the vet. It was at this vet visit that I learned that she did not have her front teeth—top or bottom. I also learned that this is very common for “puppy mill” dogs. Out of fear and boredom, they chew on th e wire of the cages continuously and therefore lose their front teeth. She also had her teeth cleaned for the first time in her life. Maggie lost another five teeth due to advanced decay. It took two people to hold Maggie while another person gave her a bath. She did not attempt to bite thankfully, but she was a very strong Boston. When put in a crate to dry, Maggie immediately began to pace back and forth barking. I imagine that she thought that she was back in Missouri.

       Maggie was with me eight years. She progressed a thousand times over. She knew that a human hand would never hurt her. She knew what a soft warm bed felt like. She knew that all of her physical needs would be taken care of to the best of my ability. She knew that she would be fed a good quality food daily and always have clean water to drink. She knew what treats were and toys were there for her to play with. She knew what it was like to be able to run freely in a fenced yard with grass touching her feet. But most of all, Maggie knew love. It took her a long time, but she learned that not all humans are bad and that she was loved unconditionally. Maggie slept in my arms every night.

       Maggie was a treasure in this world, a true inspiration for all in the resilience of the soul. I am honored to have been her mom. She gave me hope and encouragement every day to continue rescuing other Boston terriers and French bulldogs that need help — especially “puppy mill” prisoners .

      Maggie Moo began her journey across the Rainbow Bridge on July 1, 2014. She will never be forgotten, and the love she and I shared will continue forever. Maggie is now free of all pain. She is flying with the angels in God’s loving arms. It was with a broken heart that I had to say goodbye for now.

11/13/15  --  As of today, our family of donors has donated $ 4,129.11 for the upcoming puppy mill auction in Missouri to be held on November 21, 2015. We are slowly getting to our goal. Please take the time to view the pictures and video of the horrible conditions that these dogs are forced to exist in. If you want to be a big part in making a difference in an animal’s life, please make a commitment to financially help save these “puppy mill” dogs. We are coming to the Thanksgiving holiday. I can promise you that donating to save a life will bless you in ways you cannot imagine.  Every morning, I thank God for letting me be a part of rescue, letting me be a part of showing these dogs that not all humans are cruel, letting me be a part of watching them forgive and start their lives over, letting me see that first “sparkle” of happiness in their eyes. I am continually thankful that every financial need BTRA has had was met by our donors. My heart tells me that this time will be no different. Please help us get them to freedom where they can have the opportunity to learn about being a companion pet-clean, good food, clean water, safe and loved. Without the financial help of our friends and benefactors, we will not be able to help in this rescue mission. Thank you all for your help.

11/12/15 -- I would like to thank each and every one of our friends who has donated to enable BTRA to go to the upcoming auction on November 21, 2015. You are our family; and without each one of you, we cannot save and rehabilitate dogs who suffer living in puppy mills. To date, we have $ 3,596.96 toward our goal. As you can see, while these donations are very much appreciated, there is a long way to go. If it were up to me and I could, I would close down all commercial breeding facilities. Unfortunately, I cannot do this. Money is the only thing that means anything to the people who breed dogs for profit. It takes money to get theses precious souls to safety and a chance at a real life of being a companion dog--a dog who will be grateful for a second chance the rest of its life. PLEASE consider helping us save as many as possible. These rescues are very expensive--they will not simply giv e BTRA the dogs. The amount of donations that come in over the next six (6) days will determine our success. I know that together this family of caring individuals can do this.

       BTRA has been notified about another puppy mill auction that will take place on November 21, 2015. As of today, there are twenty-one (21) Boston terriers ranging in age from 9 months to 7 years of age. There are nineteen (19) French bulldogs ranging in age from less than 6 months to 9 years of age. This is a total of forty (40) dogs that BTRA would love to get OUT of the commercial breeding industry--puppy mills. More may be added as time gets closer to the sale date.

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        I have no religious problem with the Amish, but I do have a BIG problem with the way they treat animals. To them, animals are merely property, and the animal’s only purpose is to produce a profit. Their inhumane treatment of animals is widely known. You can Google and find out more about this if you want. The Amish will be at this auction in large numbers and will be BTRA’s biggest competitor in the bidding.


        Again, BTRA wants to make a commitment to save these Boston terriers and French bulldogs. As a rescue, we believe that dogs should not be consider or treated as a “commodity”, never loved, never being allowed to run and play, never getting the human contact and nurturing that they need and deserve. Their only purpose in life prior to rescue:  HAVE PUPPIES AND THEN HAVE MORE PUPPIES.


        To see the living conditions that puppy mill dogs live in is sickening. To “rub elbows” with puppy mill breeders is disgusting. To see rows and rows of dogs in cages with fear and despair in each set of doggie eyes is overwhelming. The smell is terrible--urine, feces and vomit in each cage and the dogs shaking in the back of their cage. It is a physically and emotionally draining experience. It would be much easier to turn a blind eye and stay home, but I can’t. I would love to be able to save ALL 40 dogs and be able to get them the medical attention they have never had--spay/neuter, vaccinations, and any other medical problem that exists fixed. To be able to help these dogs heal, both physically and emotionally, is a wonderful experience. To be able to see their eyes slowly start to shine, watch them learn what love is all about, and know that their physical well-being has been taken care of is a magical experience.

        As I have stated before, the bid price of each dog is an unknown. My prior auction experience has shown me that it is very expensive. Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama needs to raise at least $30,000.00. This amount can save a large number of each breed.

        Can you help? Will you help? PLEASE evaluate your financial situation and go to that special place in your heart that allows all of us to help the “helpless” and “abused”. You and I have an opportunity to give each of these precious, but helpless, dogs a chance for a new life and freedom. All donations are tax deductible. BTRA will be very grateful for all donations, large or small, and every penny will be used to save these deserving—breeder free—Bostons and Frenchies. BTRA has no paid staff and no overhead costs. ALL donations go directly to the dogs’ needs.

        In order for this rescue to be successful, I must know how much money will be available for saving these precious dogs by November 18, 2015. In ten (10) days, I pray that BTRA can raise sufficient money to make this rescue happen. With your help, BTRA can make a difference in the lives of these precious dogs. I cannot do this alone; but with EVERYBODY pitching in, BTRA can and will get these dogs out of the commercial breeding business.

        Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama thanks you ALL in advance for everything that you do for our rescue efforts. You have graciously and generously helped us with all of our rescue efforts and we are very grateful. Please see below how you can make your tax deductible donation.


Jo-Ellyn G. Vincent

P.S.: In advance,hank you very much for all of your continued support.