Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama plans on going to another “puppy mill” dog auction on June 6, 2015, in Missouri.  Our ability to participate in saving any dogs from a continuing life of commercial dog breeding depends on YOU.  There will be Boston terriers and French bulldogs at this auction, and I cannot express in words just how badly I would love to save as many as possible.

        I have personally seen the inhumane conditions these dogs are forced to live in.  I have personally saved Boston terriers and French bulldogs that have been bred so much that our veterinarian has stated that their uteruses were so thin they would not have lived through another litter of puppies.  I have personally sat next to “puppy mill” breeders and listened to their conversations regarding their breeding practices.  It is an understatement when I say that I have to remain calm and be strong both physically and emotionally.

        Recently, someone asked me WHY do you rescue dogs.  My answer is very simple…rescue begins with the heart.  My heart tells me to help those that cannot help themselves.  My heart tells me to be a voice for those that cannot speak.  My heart tells me God gave us dogs for companionship not hard labor.  My heart tells me that with this gift from God comes responsibility and compassion.

        I hope that you will agree with our desire to go to this auction and save as many as possible.  Of course, I would love to save them all, but I realize that probably will not be possible.  The hardest thing for me at these “puppy mill” auctions is to look into the eyes of each dog knowing that I will not be able to rescue some of them.  It is very hard to walk out the door remembering those that are not going home with me.  This is the part that hurts my heart.



        What saves my sanity is bringing the dogs that I was able to save back to Alabama to a life that they have never known.  I watch each scared dog slowly relax, slowly begin to trust, slowly understand just how wonderful it is to be held and loved.  I love being able to look into each dog’s eyes and see the transformation taking place, and WOW" is all I can say when the day comes that I see the sparkle and twinkle in their eyes.  To be able to witness a dog that came in cowered in a corner suddenly take a leap of faith and run to me wanting to be picked up and loved on is what keeps me rescuing.  Yes, rescue begins with the heart — mine and the precious dog’s.

        Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama is coming to you asking for your financial help a month ahead of time.  These rescues require a lot of planning, shifting of foster dogs around for the people going with me, getting crates lined up and in the van, making reservations, and the list goes on.  If we are able to raise a significant amount of money to make this rescue successful, then we will go.  If we do not raise enough, then we will put the money you donate into the bank and only use it when we do receive enough to go to the next auction.

        As I have stated many times before, the bid price of each dog is an unknown.  BTRA is not setting a goal amount for this auction.  You all know that it is expensive and your financial support decision will come from your heart.  Together, we have another opportunity to give these precious, helpless, voiceless and abused dogs a chance at a new life.    

        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—dogs.  BTRA has no paid staff and no overhead costs.  ALL donations go directly to the dogs’ needs.  BTRA does not use youcaring,com or gofundme,com — why?? Because these sites take ownership of all the email addresses of our donors and sell the addresses to anyone and everyone.  We do not believe that this is in the best interest of our donors.  BTRA will keep you updated on the amount donated.


Jo-Ellyn Vincent, President
Boston Terrier/French Bulldog Rescue of Alabama

P.S.  "I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."  Anne Frank