I have been a volunteer for DFW Pug Rescue for over 5 years. This is one of the most dedicated groups I have ever had the pleasure to be affiliated with. They put the pugs first and they never decline to take a pug! I was going to say they never decline to take a pug because of their age or medical condition; but quite frankly, the truth is they do not decline. When they got full during the downturn of the economy and were so slammed, they put the owner surrender pugs on a waiting list; but most came in within 2 months of being asked. All shelter pugs came right in! I have seen the financial reports. Very, very little money goes to administration of the rescue. This is possible because there is no paid staff. In addition to volunteering, I have also adopted several pugs from them. I was given full access to their medical records and any information I wanted before choosing to adopt. More experienced volunteers were able to answer any questions I had. This is a very supportive group. They do a whole lot for the pugs often with very little at times, and they do it well. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic organization as a volunteer.
Review from Guidestar
I started volunteering with DFW Pug Rescue in 2012 as a Transport Volunteer and also took over some of the administrative duties. I've also helped with home visits, adoption applications and events. I have been, and continue to be, impressed every day with the strength and dedication of this wonderful organization. It's been around since 1997, and is run completely by volunteers...no paid staff...no physical facility. We depend solely on our foster volunteers and our vet clinics to help us find homes for the over 7,000 pugs rescued since 1997 as well as all the other volunteers who help with fundraising events.
The Board members work daily with their tasks to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. The Board was expanded in 2015 to add a Director of Volunteers and a new Fundraising Director. I was asked to take on the Director of Volunteers position, one they had never had before. This Board is truly dedicated to doing everything it can to help the Pugs. Most are success stories, but there will always be bumps in the road and growing pains. If the Board is made aware of problems, it will do its best to resolve them. I can't say enough about the daily good works done by this group of volunteers.
Review from Guidestar
I am a second time adopter from the DFW Pug Rescue. The first time around was an experience of a lifetime. The DFW Pug Rescue was very diligent in finding the perfect fit for me AND the pup. This was a total success, and I adopted the love of my life. We spent over ten years together.
I adopted my second pug last month. I was told he was available and rushed to meet him. The vet that was caring for him had NO information about this pug, other than his age. The pug had been residing in a veterinarian facility instead of a foster home. I was told he'd been fully vetted and was healthy, nothing more. First off, I requested a calm, soft mannered pug that wanted to be loved on constantly. What I got was a tornado. He is wild. He bites, jumps with all 30 pounds of him crashing into people and things, he chews and has completely destroyed my home, and last but not least, he is sick. He's had multiple infections, each requiring a visit to the veterinarian. Not only do I sit and watch this dog suffer daily, but I have spent/lost thousands of dollars on vet bills and destroyed furniture, carpet, and electronics. I love the little guy, but we could not be a worse match. He is the exact opposite of what I requested in my application. Had DFW Pug Rescue taken the time/effort to put him in foster care before adopting him out, they could have found him a more suitable home and learned a thing or two about his needs. This would also have prevented adopting out a sick animal to someone who was promised a healthy one.
I feel very stuck, because I committed to this guy against my better judgement. I got a bad vibe the second I laid eyes on him, but the vet tech where he was staying pushed me into taking him home for a "trial run". Had I known ANYTHING about his disposition, however, I would have politely passed. I have made every effort to contact DFW Pug Rescue with my thoughts, feelings, and concerns about this situation, and I have been completely ignored. Are they helping pugs? That depends on your definition of "help". Have they gotten away from their concept of finding the perfect fit for adopter and pup? Absolutely. Do they care about you or your adopted pug once they receive your adoption fee? Not at all. I feel like I've been cheated, and even worse, so has my pug. Yes, I love him and make sure his needs are met to the best of my ability, but he's not living the life he could be living if he had a parent who appreciated his temperament. Very, very sad. They are all about the money now, not all about the pugs. I will never adopt from them again.
Two broken hearts
DFW Pug Rescue has had some serious issues in the past several years. They have lost several long term and effective volunteers due to an ego driven board of directors that doesn't change. There have not only been circumstances of volunteers that are driven by the needs of their foster pugs being in conflict with monetary issues that the board faces and many fosters have left out of frustration that their pugs needs are not being met. One of the board members handles monthly donations from a local Wal-mart and passes the donated goods onto friends and family without notifying other fosters of the donation. Animals that are under the care of fosters have been dropped off at local clinics for 'checkups' only to be destroyed without the fosters' input or knowledge. DFW Pug Rescue has not had a volunteer meeting in over three years. All volunteers communicate via Yahoo Groups, and if you disagree with a board member, you are eliminated from the Yahoo Group. The charity does not allow members and the board is self directed and appointed. Since November 2013 several donors have asked for financial information only to have their donations returned with no other information. The members of the board of directors each have access to debit/credit cards for the group and are known to sometimes 'accidentally' use these cards for personal use.
Recently the group has begun purchasing dogs from breeders who are closing operations, thereby filling foster homes with puppy mill purchases instead of rescuing homeless dogs from shelters.
Overall, Pug Rescue puts on a good face and helps some pugs, but overall the operation is made up of disjointed volunteers who do not have a strong support system under a board of directors who do not participate in fostering and have lost touch with the purpose of the rescue group.
Review from Guidestar
I started volunteering as a foster home for DFW Pug Rescue in July 2011. We wanted a pug but were unsure how our family would be able to care for one. It would be our first dog with three young children. We transport pugs for vet care and adoption events. We also provide food and a loving home while evaluating the pug to determine what home environment would be best for adoption. We have had over 50 pugs come into our home in one year's time.
I also started as an adoption counselor in March 2011. I review applications and work with volunteers that visit homes and transport pugs to finalize adoptions. It is a time consuming process but an essential part of the rescue. We generate funds through adoption fees that enable the rescue to help more dogs get veterinary care and find the perfect homes.
After realizing that we are able to provide a permanent home for a needy pug, we adopted Joe in December 2011. He is perfect for us and our children adore him.
I continue to volunteer because I know how important it is to do what I and others do for the entire group to provide for this wonderful breed. There are so many jobs to do that many of us cross over to be able to keep this group functioning. No one is paid. All moneys go to providing for the pugs.
I have been actively involved with group for almost 5 yrs.....they are truly a great group of people to volunteer with....they really believe in helping every pug...If I could afford it I would continue their mission full time! I love pugs and they are honestly the sweetest dogs.
This group has a lot of great volunteers that always step up to the plate when needed. They also have great fundraisers throughout the year...
I foster for DFW Pug Rescue and love this organization! They really do rescue the right way; they take all pugs regardless of age or condition, they get them the appropriate veterinary care, and thoroughly investigate the homes to which they are adopted.
I adopted a senior pug in 2008. As soon as the dogs are received, they are checked in at the vet and treated before being sent to foster homes where they are loved and nourished and their behavior diagnosed before being adopted into their forever homes. The volunteers really love these animals and are dedicated to their overall well being. They travel many miles to pick up these animals from other shelters or bad situations.