At Dalworth Clean, we love pets and support many of the pet rescue organizations in our area. Today, we want to introduce you to an organization that is one of the leading pug rescue efforts in the nation: DFW Pug Rescue.
DFW Pug Rescue recently celebrated their 13th anniversary and in that time they have rescued around 5,000 pugs. Their motto is "No Pug Left Behind" which means that they rescue all pugs regardless of age or medical condition. This sets them apart from most breed rescue operations.
The pint-sized pug has large expressive eyes with a wrinkled face and has been described as multum in parvo ("much in little"), referring to the pug's personality and small size. For centuries people have found excellent companions in these little canines from Buddhist Monks, to Queen Victoria, to your everyday modern household.
Puddin' Pop is a recent success story for the organization. She came to DFW Pug Rescue with severe arthritis, was in constant pain and could barely walk. Thanks to generous donations of time and money, she was treated for the pain and fitted with a great doggie wheel chair that enables her to get around just fine. She is pictured with Joann Merriweather, a DFW Pug Rescue officer and her foster mother. Watch the video to learn more about her unique story.
The rescue organization faces many challenges. They rescue up to 10 dogs a week. Each dog is spayed or neutered and receives vaccinations and any necessary medical treatment. The vet bills for DFW Pug Rescue average $200,000 a year. Each dog needs a foster home until an adoption can be completed so the operation relies on the generosity of others.
"DFW Pug Rescue is a 501(c)3 charity and completely dependent on donations. All donations go toward our vet bills, none of our volunteers are paid for their time or work, "said Nancy Medina, media director for DFW Pug Rescue." Our second biggest challenge is to recruit volunteers and foster families. Because we have grown so large, we need help with things like the web site, public relations and marketing, transportation, and many other things too. We need foster families who can take these pugs and keep them in a loving family home until they are adopted."
"Pug-O- Ween" is an upcoming annual event produced by volunteers and friends of the DFW Pug Rescue and a fun way to get the family involved in the rescue effort. The event features pug races, a costume contest and silent auction. Last year the event brought in 500 people and 300 pugs all dressed in elaborate Halloween costumes. Competitors come from all over and take the costume contest quite seriously. The 2009 winner came dressed as food personality Paula Deen. The costume included clothes and wig plus a rolling kitchen set complete with food.
"This is a fun event to come to if you need something that will keep you laughing for days," said Medina.
If you want to get involved by offering your time or opening your home to a rescued pug, visit the link below.