APRA has rescued , saved and placed many pugs and pug friends since its inception. These sweet dogs have come from, puppy mills, shelters or abandonment and Apra has taken them in horrible condition and nursed them to health and happy homes. Donations to APRA provide for the care of current and future rescues. My nonprofit of choice for my charitable giving!
Pugs are such adorable, sweet and fabulously snorty little companions! You'd think nobody would be capable of harming or neglecting them. Sadly, that's not the case. Abused and lost pugs are brought in on a daily basis - most of them requiring a daunting amount of medical care, time, and nurturing. Many folks wouldn't consider a dog worth such an investment. But if you're an animal lover, you see something different. You see a wounded angel covered in fur and wrinkles. An innocent and infinitely forgiving forever friend. A loyal love worth saving.
Enter Alabama Pug Rescue & Adoption (aka "APRA"), where a team of loving foster families are led by one incredibly dedicated woman, Pam Mays. I first met Pam about two years ago, when a friend on Facebook shared an astonishing "before & after" picture of a pug named, "Ten". In his before picture, Ten's had an oversized head with bulging, heartbroken eyes. His body was unnaturally tiny, withered from starvation, devoid of any fur, and covered in blackened mange and open sores. But his eyes still held the question, "Will you love me?"
Pam answered that question by taking Ten into her own home, and devoting hours every day to saving his life. They weren't sure if he would even survive, but she was at least going to make sure he had every fighting chance, and that he would be surrounded by a sea of love. She nursed his body back to health and his spirit back to joy, singing Sinatra to him and cradling him her arms in between her "real" job that pays the bills.
Within just a few months, Ten looked like he'd been a pampered pooch his entire life! He was entered into a pet rescue contest sponsored by Purina - the prize being something like a year's worth of pet food (a huge blessing to any rescue group). An APRA volunteer made a video of Ten's before & after pictures and folks from all over the world were inspired to vote for him! You can still see it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkPI-0V6fLo
Today my family and I are the very grateful guardians of this sweet boy. We couldn't imagine life without our beloved Tenny! I've been through serious medical issues including carcinoid lung cancer and lobectomy surgery, and Ten has an uncanny ability to know when and where I'm hurting. He seeks me out and very gently places himself right where I'm hurting. I have no doubt he knows exactly what he's doing. He brings healing, peace, companionship and pure joy to our entire family with his daily antics and sweet spirit. And as wonderful as he is, we hear the same from every other adoptive family who has fallen in love with pugs. Pugs are truly special!
Supporting APRA means your entire donation is put to very careful use. This is an entirely volunteer-based, non-profit group. Donations go to basics like food, medicine, and medical treatment which has been carefully and frugally negotiated with a caring veterinarian. APRA is often forced to turn away pugs just like Ten...simply because the resources and funds aren't there. Pugs are taken in every single week, foster homes are overflowing with rescues, and donations are desperately needed for APRA to continue doing this very important work of rescue, adoption, and advocacy.
Heartfelt thanks to Pam and the entire APRA team for this wonderful life work and truly making a difference in this world! I hope others will be inspired to give generously to this very worthy cause! xoxo