As the name implies, pugs are the name of the game at Pug Rescue of Austin. Over the course of a year, the rescue may see as many as 150 pugs come through their doors. Some of the rescues come from shelters in various parts of Texas. The group has rescue coordinators who keep in contact with these shelters, and once a pug comes in and is not claimed after a specific period of time, a transport volunteer will assist in getting the pug to PRA. Other pugs are surrendered by their owners for any number of reasons, and some are found strays with conditions that require emergency attention. After they get to PRA, it’s the royal treatment! Often referred to as “The Pug Whisperer”, the group is lucky to have a wonderful co-founder who is also a vet tech. She is able to get the incoming pugs the care they need, and set up a treatment plan to make sure they stay as healthy as possible.
After they are treated and medically cleared, the pugs will go to a foster home with the hopes of finding a forever home through one of the many adoption events held throughout the year. This organization is entirely run by volunteers, from the Board of Directors to foster families. Foster families are provided with everything the pugs need: food, vet bills, and any other necessary supplies. President Alecia Zalot says, “PRA promotes responsible pet ownership in several ways. We thoroughly screen and educate adoption applicants. We increase awareness regarding animal welfare and the unique needs of brachycephalic breeds through weekly adoption and community events. And we distribute educational and community event information through our social media outlets.”
All of this work requires a lot of volunteers! If you are interested in fostering, adopting, or learning how you can help at an upcoming event, contact them through their website. Maybe you have a skill to share such as graphic design, fundraising experience, or social media skills; they can always use help in those departments as well. If you’d like to donate funds to help them continue their important work, the donation page is here. Their annual ‘Let It Snore’ event is coming up on Saturday the 12th, and is a great chance to break out your ‘pugly’ holiday sweater and meet a new companion!
If you love a specific breed or type of pet, chances are there is a local group that specializes in those rescues. Many have websites or social media pages, and most of them could really use your help!