Pug rescue groups play such a huge part in the dog rescue scene with rescuing and rehoming many pugs all over the world. There are so many amazing groups that help pugs in need. This is their chance to share their story some more through the Pug Rescue Profile. This week we have the amazing DFW Pug Rescue Club who rescue and rehome hundreds of pugs every year throughout Texas and many other states throughout America. Get to know this incredible pug rescue and how you can support them.
Who are DFW Pug Rescue Club, how long have they been around for and where are they located?
DFW Pug Rescue Club, Inc., (DFWPRC) was founded in early 1996 and incorporated in July 1997 as a charitable, non-profit corporation for the rescue, care, and placement of unwanted, mistreated, or homeless pugs.
DFW Pug Rescue Club, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with DFW-Pug-Rescue-Contact-UsFederal Tax Exemption as a public charity under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. DFWPRC is one of the largest pug rescue organization in the United States and has rescued and placed over 7,253 huggable, squeezable, absolutely adorable pugs — we rescue approximately 10 pugs a week.
We rescue ALL PUREBRED pugs regardless of age or medical condition. Since we rescued all those pugs, our veterinary care is our biggest on-going expense and we average approximately $220,000 a year in veterinary expenses. This amount is after our veterinary care clinics provide deep discounts. More than 90% of all funds donated to DFW Pug Rescue are used to pay for veterinary care. The majority of our pugs are owner surrender due to military deployment, death, divorce, relocation, new baby, marriage, travel, and estate placements.
All pugs rescued by DFWPRC, are taken immediately to the vet where they are examined, vaccinated, sterilized, receive rabies shots, tested and treated for heartworms. All completed before being placed in a foster or permanent home.
Seventy percent (70%) of the rescue pugs are heartworm positive and all are treated at DFWPRC’s expense. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization and do not have a staging area to hold our rescue pugs. We depend on the generosity of our volunteers to provide foster homes until permanent homes can be located. We rescue more males than females (10 to 1), more fawns than blacks (40 to 1), and the average age of our rescue pugs is 4-years old. The average life span of a pug is between 14 – 17 years.
DFWPRC has placed pugs in 28 states, British Columbia, Canada, Hawaii, Germany, and Japan. All pugs must be picked up in Dallas/Fort Worth by their new families — no pugs are shipped. DFWPRC is not affiliated or sponsored by any national or local breed clubs.
Our Mission Statement is: No Pug Left Behind.
Who is behind DFW Pug Rescue Club and why did you start it?
Fred Campos started this rescue because he saw a need for a breed specific pug rescue, to cater to the unique needs of pugs in Texas.
How many pugs have you rescued and successfully re-homed?
DFW Pug Rescue Club, Inc., (DFWPRC) is the largest pug rescue organization in the United States and has rescued and placed over 7,253 huggable, squeezable, absolutely adorable pugs — we rescue approximately 10 pugs a week.
How can someone make a financial donation and how does this money get used to help pugs?
We have several ways to donate! People can make a one-time donation on our website, they may also sign up to give a monthly donation on our website.
Do you take donations of physical goods such as bedding, food etc?
Whether in the form of monetary contributions or goods or services from the Wish List below, donations are always appreciated and will be put to good use for the daily care of our animals. DFW Pug Rescue relies solely on contributions from the public and proceeds from its fundraising efforts. Since we are a nonprofit organization, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. When you make a donation, we will give you a receipt for tax purposes.
We also have a ‘Wish List’ on Amazon.com with various items our rescue needs.
How can someone volunteer with DFW Pug Rescue Club and what types of voluntary positions do you need?
We have many opportunities to volunteer. People may volunteer to foster, fundraise, help with transporting pugs, social media, make crafts and goods, and help at one of our many social events. Volunteers may apply right on our website.
What does it take to be a foster carer with DFW Pug Rescue Club?
Foster families provide food, treats, and toys. DFW Pug Rescue will provide all medications and veterinary care as well as harnesses, leashes and collars. Foster families:
- Feed, care for, and socialize your foster pug.
- Begin basic training and house manners.
- Observe and report behaviors and needs.
- Transport your foster pug to the vet clinic if needed.
- Provide photos and biographical information for our website.
- Talk to potential adopters and arrange meet and greets under the direction of the Adoption Coordinator.
- Love on, hug and play with your foster pug!
How else can someone help DFW Pug Rescue Club?
Beyond volunteering, donating, or attending our fundraising events, we love our supporters to show us love on our social media pages by liking, commenting, or sharing our stories!
Do you host annual fundraising events? If so, tell us about your annual fundraising events that the public can get involved with.
We host many fundraising events each year. Our more famous fundraisers are “Pugapalooza” in the spring. We invite everyone out to the park for games, competitions (like curliest tail, or longest tongue!), cook food, take fun photos, meet new pug friends, and generally just enjoy themselves!
Our second big fundraiser happens around Halloween in October. We host “PugOWeen”. We invite everyone out, and encourage wearing a costume. We have costume contests for the pugs, baked goods, fun games, music, special Halloween photo opportunities, as well has crafts and gifts to purchase.
How can someone adopt a pug from DFW Pug Rescue Club? What is the process and requirements?
Adopting a pug into your family is a big commitment. When you are ready to adopt, we ask you complete our adoption process so we can help find the best pug for you. This process could take some time depending on your preferences and our current intake of adoption ready pugs.
DFW Pug Rescue Club, Inc., does not “sell” pugs. We adopt them to compatible homes and are not placed on a “first come, first serve” basis. Final adoption fees are $250 for mature pugs, $175 for senior pugs, and $350 for puppies under 12 months of age. If you are interested in two pugs at the same time, seniors are 2 for 1 at $175 or you can pair a senior with an adult pug for $250.
We try to match up the needs of the pug with the desires and lifestyle of the adopting family. Pugs who are adopted through us have been examined by a veterinarian, neutered or spayed, vaccinated, are on heartworm preventative and have been micro chipped. In many cases, the pug may have had other medical procedures or surgery while in our care. They are all heartworm tested and, if positive, have been treated prior to adoption. DFW Pug Rescue will disclose any medical conditions which we know about prior to the adoption. Sometimes very little or nothing is known about the previous care or treatment. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the health of our rescued pugs.
If the pug you adopt does not adjust well to your home, and/or you feel the pug is not a good fit for your home, we will take the pug back into our organization and will work with you to get another pug.
Since we only consider serious applicants, we require you submit a $12.50 application fee that is non-refundable and be at least 21 years of age. You must pay this fee for your application to be considered.
After paying the $12.50 fee, fill out the adoption application.
We will contact you to determine your preferences, find out about your daily schedule, and talk about your previous experience with pets.
If you already have pets, we will need copies of their individual records to ensure they have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If there is a medical reason not to do so, please discuss any exceptions with your adoption counselor.
Next, we will visit your home to see the environment where the dog will live and answer your questions. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how to integrate your new pug into your home.
When we have matched you with a potential pug, we will contact you to set up a meeting with their current foster.
The final step is the contract* and adoption fee. $250 for mature pugs, $175 for senior pugs, and $350 for puppies under 12 months of age.
I hope you have enjoyed getting to know DFW Pug Rescue Club in this Pug Rescue Profile. If DFW Pug Rescue Club is a charity you can help, please be sure to get in touch with them and help in any way you can.