My name is Benton!

Boston Terrier Dog for adoption in Rockville, Maryland - Benton
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Facts about Benton

  • Breed: Boston Terrier
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Unknown
  • ID#: 10888505


Meet Benton!! NO CATS!
This handsome 'diamond in the rough' guy comes to us from a shelter in southwest Virginia.  Our representative in that area saw his picture at the local shelter and pulled him for us. Benton is a Boston Terrier was a poorly bred dog, or could be a mix of the Boston Terrier and some other breed.  We are just not sure.  He has the markings of Boston, but is a bit 'taller' than the average for that breed, and also does not have a docked tail.  He currently weighs 21 pounds, and is considered underweight.  We expect that he will be 'filled out' and at a good weight when he is about 25 pounds.  Our vets have estimated him to be no more than 2-3 years old, and his foster believes he could be even younger given his puppy like play and antics....we just cannot be sure of his exact age, but do know that he is a young dog.
Benton was abandoned at the shelter and nothing is known about his past, except that he was not well cared for.  He came to the shelter with a non contagious skin condition that is being treated and that he will recover from once he finishes his medications and bi weekly medicated baths.  He has some hair loss at this time (see his pictures), but is already growing peach fuzz and will regain his full coat.  Other than his skin and some initial intestinal upset, he is completely healthy.  He will be neutered after his skin has healed and he has gained some weight.  He has been brought up to date on his core vaccines and has tested negative for heart worm.  He was not only given an exam by the shelter vets, but has also been seen by MMR's partner vets once he came into rescue.

Benton is currently foster with some other small dogs and two cats. He gets along with everyone, but will occasional give a chase if the cats are up for it.  He does not hurt the cats in anyway, this is just his form of play.  He doesn't always chase them, either. He is just as likely to be laying on the couch near one of the friendly felines as he is to chase them.  He is a total snuggler and loves to curl up with some of his foster buddies.  He is especially fond of people and loves to curl up next to his foster mom for movie night.  He also sleeps in the bed with her and the other dogs and is a perfect bedtime buddy.  In fact, Benton loves any soft place he can snuggle.  He loves to curl up in a basket of clean laundry, or even a freshly washed dog bed...that was on the coffee table and had not been placed back in its normal location!!! If it is a soft lap or a pile of cloths or a dog bed....Benton is going to find it..

Benton likes to play with some toys and will often initiate play with the other dogs.  He will get into the cat food if it is left on the floor, so it has been placed up high where he cannot reach it.  He can jump a baby gate, but is not destructive at all in the home.  His foster parent works full time and he is not crated while she is at work.  Benton is not house trained at this time, but he is working hard at house manners. He is also working on leash manners.  His new family should expect to continue his training in both areas once he is adopted.  He has not had much exposure to the leash, as it has been so cold.  His foster has a fenced yard, and due to his low weight and loss of some fur, we are keeping him inside as much as possible....he wears a very stylish sweater to help keep him warm. 

Benton's foster parent has shared that whomever neglected and threw away Benton lost out on a great dog.  He is a wonderfully funny canine companion, who adores getting attention and will make someone a great addition to their family.  He is very smart, playful, loyal and loving.  He needs a little training, and would most likely benefit from some obedience training once he is adopted.  This type of training helps not only the dog, but strengthens the bond between the dog and his or her new person.

At this time, we believe that Benton's perfect home would be one that has a fenced yard, another similar sized dog in the home, and no children under the age of 8 years.  He will not be placed with anyone  living in an apartment. He needs a yard to burn off that energy and to continue to work on his house manners. It would be best if there was a stay at home parent or a part time working parent in the home, but if this is not possible, a dog walker is an absolute must for this young fellow.  He would need 2 breaks with a dog walker each day until he has mastered his house manners.  Please consider this added expense before applying for Benton.  Eventually, one break a day with a dog walker would be fine for Benton, but until he is ready, he will need the added break.

If you are interested in Benton, and would like to welcome him and his fun loving personality into your heart and home, please apply today.  We are accepting applications now.  He may not be ready for placement for another few weeks, but we want to let everyone know this bright bundle of love and fun is looking for his forever home....could that be you?  APPLY TODAY!!!!


My adoption fee is $400, which covers the cost of routine vetting, rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations, deworming, spay/neuter surgery, heart worm testing, my microchip, monthly heartworm prevention, monthly flea/tick prevention, and any transport costs if applicable.  

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About Mutts Matter Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

A Little History... Mutts Matter Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non profit, all volunteer based organization, with combined rescue experience of over 15 years. We work in conjunction with shelters and other organizations to help save animals on death row, the strays on the street, or ones in unsafe living conditions. We adopt in the DC, VA, and MD areas, with a few exception out of the tri-state area depending on the dog and situation. We are driven by love, compassion, and hope.

All of our rescues enter their new home spayed or neutered, up to date on all shots, and are micro-chipped. If we take a dog into our rescue, we do our very best to ensure that they are healthy before going to their new “furever”home. With enough hard work and dedication, we hope to be able to empty the shelters one day soon.

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Our Adoption Process...

We require you to fill out an adoption application on our website at
The application will ask for both a vet and personal reference. Both will need to be verified. After those are checked, a pre-screener contacts you to discuss your application.
Once that is complete, they screener decides if they are recommended for a home visit. If the home visit goes well and they are approved to adopt, then they can meet the dog.
Our adoption fee includes the cost of routine vetting, spay/neuter, and microchipping.