Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:40

Donate to AFTR

American Fox Terrier Rescue, Inc., is an all-volunteer, IRS-recognized non-profit corporation created to aid homeless smooth and wire fox terriers. All projects and activities of American Fox Terrier Rescue, including this website, are funded by charitable contributions. Only with your contributions can we continue to help homeless fox terriers, giving them a second chance at adoption and love from a permanent family. Donations to American Fox Terrier Rescue are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We welcome your donation, no matter how small.

Dogs like the one in the photo have been helped with your generous donations.  You really can make a difference!

Your donation could pay for . . . .

  • $15 one night's emergency stay at a local kennel
  • $30 a 4-pack of flea preventative
  • $40 a permanent identification microchip & registration
  • $45 a 6-pack of heartworm preventative
  • $100 a professional dental cleaning or routine blood tests
  • $125 a vet visit, vaccinations, heartworm test and fecal test
  • $150 neutering and vet care for one male
  • $250 spaying and vet care for one female
  • $600 heartworm treatment for one dog

The costs of fostering, bathing, grooming, transportation, publicity and countless other costs are donated by our hard-working volunteers.

Our deepest appreciation goes out to all who have given so generously toward the health and welfare of rescued smooth and wire fox terriers throughout the years!

Please fill out the form on this page to donate, and THANK YOU!


Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:37

For Shelters

Identifying What You Have

If you are an animal shelter or animal control facility and believe that you have a Wire Fox Terrier or Smooth Fox Terrier, we want to help. As there are several related breeds that are often mistaken for fox terriers, we ask that you take a moment to look at the American Kennel Club page describing the different breeds.

Contacting American Fox Terrier Rescue


If you have a Wire or a Smooth you can either contact us directly or you can check our listing of American Fox Terrier Rescue groups and see who is nearest to you.


If for any reason that person can't help you, please contact AFTR at their toll free phone number: 888-FOX-TERR

Both the Wire and Smooth are difficult dogs to place. They have a very high energy level and are not usually

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:37

Joining AFTR

AFTR maintains a private email list for those individuals actively involved in AFTR.

We can use all the help we can get ranging from picking up and delivering dogs, to arranging vet visits, to outreach. You may have skills that we could use, and we'd love to hear from you.

If you are currently doing Fox Terrier Rescue or are interested in starting an AFTR group in your area, please contact us.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:27

Doug's Excellent Daycare Experience


4/29/2011 - Doug needed someplace to hang out today while he's recovering since Foster Mom Edi had to go in to the office.  So he spent the day with Kathy and the Krew.

Here is a photo diary (Click any picture to see an enlarged version and caption!) of Doug's excellent day, hanging out, getting treats, and exploring the fenced yard with his new buddies. 

Meeting Spike and LolaHey good lookin'!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:26

Really, Doug? Seriously?


I've been thinking all day about what I was going to post here.  And after pondering over and over, I just can't come up with anything but "tell it like it is"!  So here we go...


Monday morning, April 25th dawned with Doug deciding it was time for everyone to get up and have breakfast at 6:15 a.m.   He barked at Edi to get out of bed and feed him.  Stella heard him bark and came running.  She, of course, loves breakfast, too!  They were both happy and excited and started running to the kitchen, playing and dancing just like  every morning.  As they were playing, Doug let out a yelp, but then went back after Stella.  Edi looked and saw his leg was at a very strange angle. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:25

Doug Goes Home

Doug the sleepy boyAfter a very long couple of days, Doug was discharged from the hospital and sent home. And while most of us would be happy to go home, Doug actually "dug it" at the University of Minnesota, and seemed to want to hang around. He told us, "Lots of people, lots of dogs, food - it wasn't a bad gig overall..."

Go forward for Doug is repeated wormings, antibiotics for a low grade UTI, and some more blood work as things improve to keep an eye on a few things - kidney function is not perfect, and he's got some low grade knee issues, but not bad for older dog that has lived the kind of life Doug has. Nothing too big to worry about - just to keep an eye on.

We got to the University, paid his bill, and then waited for him to come out. I looked up and saw him on his way across the lobby, looking

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:25

Please Pray for Doug





UPDATE 4/12/11: 11:00 a.m. CST:  I got a call from Dr. Stiller, the resident on Doug's case at the U of M.  Let's all take a nice, deep breath - but so far, the news is optimistic!  I'm not saying we're out of the woods, but it's much better than I'd hoped.


  1. His PCV is up to 26% which is good.  Normal is 37 - 55%, but Doug was at 15% twelve hours ago.
  2. His CBC is showing a "very regenerative" response - which means he is producing red cells
  3. He seems more alert, but tired.  But then, who sleeps well in the hospital, right?
  4. The anemia seems to be consistant with a chronic blood loss (possibly an ulcer in his stomach or GI system)
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:24

Doug has GREAT NEWS!


Thank you to Katie R., one of Doug's most ardent Facebook fans for the lovely "get well card"! The love for Doug is overwhelming!

UPDATE 4/13/11: 12:00 noon CST:

Doug will be coming home today around 5:30 pm! The vet student that called said "He's so perky today - it's like a completely different dog. And he's soooo sweet! We'd be fine if he wanted to stay here!"

So we'll be off to pick him up from his stay "at the health spa" and I'm sure he'll be one happy dog to see his sister, Stella (who has been moping about since Monday!). I'll try to get pictures, but from the sound of it, Doug is loving it there - lots of attention, lots of activity, 3-hots-and-a-cot.... What's not to like?

UPDATE 4/12/11: 9:00 p.m. CST:

I got the call earlier today and apologize for the late update, but I

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:24

Doug and Rebel's Excellent Adventure

Doug & Rebel: Two guys. Hangin' out.

The two ex-puppy mill studs decided to hang out together for the day. They started out at Petco where they found many smells and sights that were too good to resist!

Doug and Rebel at Petco

Then off they went to Diane's to run around in her big back yard.

A fun time was had by all. Rebel ran around and tempted Doug to play all he could. And Doug was interested, but not quite ready to commit to a rip-roarin' good time! Next time we'll bring Party-Girl Lola over. No boy can resist her charms! But all in all in all, it was a good day. Doug got a fancy new harness and a flat fox from Auntie Kathy who can't resist his beautiful face. Mom-Edi got him some tasty new food. And Rebel and Doug both got a new friend! And not a single cough or wheeze out of Doug all day! I guess

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 04:23

Doug Update - April 2, 2011

April 2011 Doug Update:

DougDoug is an amazing dog. What more can I say? Edi and William have done an amazing job with him. He's so happy, so joyful, and so madly in love with both of them, as well as with his step sister, Stella. (Though Stella is so gorgeous, what red-blooded American boy wouldn't be in love with her?)

We had another grooming session at the end of March and I was beyond amazed at how well he is doing. No coughing or wheezing except when he got a little stressed over the whole bath and blow-dry, but other than that his breathing was uneventful. He feel great now that he has those nasty teeth all gone, and he loves his treats. The next thing is to get his knees checked (they felt a little funky to me) to be sure he isn't dealing with any patella issues, and then it's time

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