Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to several rescue groups at once?
Due to the limited time and personnel available to BTRA as an all-volunteer organization, we ask that applicants choose only one rescue group to work with at a time. While you may have an interest in several dogs on the websites of different rescue groups, it makes the process much easier if you can approach a single rescue organization with your favorite dog(s) and work with them.

What to expect when you adopt a rescued Boston terrier/French bulldog?
Adopting a rescued animal is one of the most rewarding experiences you will have as a pet owner. You are giving an animal a second chance at a loving and caring home – and sometimes life itself. There are many misconceptions about adopting a rescue so we have provided this information to answer the many questions we receive regarding adoption. Please read through it carefully considering your home environment, the time you will have to invest in a new pet, and the special commitment that may be required in adoption.

What is the temperament of a Boston terrier/French bulldog?
While each dog is an individual you can expect a young Boston terrier/French bulldog (puppy to 4 years old) to be high energy, very friendly and very playful. Older Bostons (5 years and up) tend to be less high energy but do not lose their friendly and playful spirit. A young Boston terrier/French bulldog may be “too much” for a family with very young children or for and elderly person. We will work with you to match you with the best Boston terrier/French bulldog for you, your home and family.

Will an adopted Boston terrier/French bulldog be housetrained?
All BTRA rescues spend some time in foster care living in a home environment for healthcare and behavior evaluation. If house training is required, the rescue receives this training at his/her foster home. However, we find that almost all rescues require a period of adjustment when going to their new home. A rescue could have spent time as a stray or in a shelter where house training is lost. In addition, each home is different and the dog will need to adjust his/her new routine. Expect to watch your new adoptee closely for at least a week and work with them consistently on their new potty routine.

Why does my adopted dog try to dart out the door or jump the fence?
Darting and running is a common behavior of rescues – it is important to not take it personally! It is a dog’s instinct to “go home” even if that home had been uncaring or abusive. No matter how wonderfully you treat your new rescue, he/she may instinctly try to “go home”. A rescued will have been to many different places before he/she ends up in a forever home. They may spend time in a shelter, a vet, a transport home, and a foster home before they come to live with you – they are naturally confused. This darting behavior should subside after the dog settles in which may take a few weeks. In the meantime, keep an eye on them when a door is opened. Many rescues never exhibit this behavior and it is more common in males than females.

Will an adopted dog mark in the house?
One of the most common reasons that dogs end up in shelters or rescues is that the original owner did not have them spayed or neutered. Leaving a dog intact will increase their desire to “mark” territory by urinating at certain spots. All BTRA rescues are spayed or neutered prior to being adopted but it takes several months after the surgery for the hormones to completely leave the dogs system. Some dogs – particularly males – may try to mark their new home. This is far more common if a recently neutered male is coming to a home with other male dogs. If they do mark – it usually will happen in the first day or two. Keeping a good eye on your new dog is the best way to prevent this. If this continues after a few days contact us and we can recommend several different products that are very successful is stopping this behavior.

Does a Boston terrier/French bulldog require special diets?
No. It is the rare Boston terrier/French bulldog that has a sensitive stomach – so they generally can eat any dog food. Most Boston terriers/French bulldogs, however, have sensitivity to corn and corn byproducts. The side effect of digesting corn is gas! Unfortunately, many popular dog foods contain corn and corn byproducts. Those that don’t contain corn are Nutro, Nature’s Recipe, Wellness, and Royal Canine to name a few. Boston terriers/French bulldogs are not allergic to corn and feeding them dog food with corn will not hurt them – it may just make them unpleasant to be around!

Should I crate my newly adopted dog?
We recommend that you use a crate in the first few weeks. Crating gives a dog a sense of security and safety, in addition to prevent accidents and speeding up the adjustment period. We recommend that you crate your dog anytime that you are out of the home, as well as at night. Many dogs become very attached to their crates and you may want to use it for the life of the dog. In many cases, though, a dog can gradually be left alone in the home or at night once he feels safe and secure.

Do I need to take my newly adopted dog to the vet for a checkup?
All BTRA dogs are fully vetted in our care. They receive all of their annual vaccinations as well as their rabies vaccination. All dogs are screened for heart worms and are heart worm negative when adopted. You will be given documentation of vaccinations, rabies, and heart worm testing that you should give to your vet for their records. It is absolutely imperative that your Boston terrier/French bulldog be given a heart worm preventive the first week of each and every month. Outside of a “get acquainted visit,” your new dog should not need to be taken to a vet.