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Pug Hearts Houston Pug Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Any Pug, At Any Age, In Any Condition, ANYTIME!

Results: PugHearts has successfully rescued: 2575 dogs since Feb 2007 and 103 dogs are currently in our foster care

Target demographics: pugs and pug mixes

Direct beneficiaries per year: 328 pugs

Geographic areas served: TX, LA, OK

Programs: Foster care, vet care, rehabilitation, adoption

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 pugs so far and will be picking up my third on Christmas Eve. I am hoping to start fostering again soon, too, but my first pug was a foster fail so I am afraid to....but there is no such thing as too many pugs! Pughearts is an amazing organization that really cares so much about all of the pugs they rescue. Volunteers all over help transport these pugs so they can get healthy and start living an amazing, loving life! I am so very happy that we came in contact with them!

2 Barbara Michalec T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PugHearts is the best rescue ever! All our money goes towards the care of the dogs. Our volunteers are some of the hardest working people ever! Our veterinary staff works tirelessly to help our pugs. It takes a village and we are that village. The pugs come to us broken, battered and emotionally broken. Our fosters families take the dogs into our homes and work with them to become housetrained, trusting pets for adoption. Sometimes that takes a few days, sometimes it takes a few months. Our village is up for that challenge. We live by our motto "Any Pug, Any Age, Any Condition, Any Time". Before and after pictures of one of our rescued pugs attached, Miss Caro Syrup.

1 Paige Dowdy S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Pughearts for many years. When they say any pug, any time, any condition they mean it. They have taken some of the most severe medical cases I have seen and spared no expense on their care. They are a top notch rescue. They work tirelessly for the pugs.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PugHearts mission is to save any pug, any condition, any age- in need. They are completely volunteer based, and are transparent with spending. Since 2007, they have saved thousands of pug lives! The organization is well run, and always puts the dog first!

3 Angela M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found PugHearts when my husband and I were looking to add another flat-faced, furry family member to our household. We initially had every intention of adopting, but the pugs we were interested in had already found their forever homes. That's partly what led to our decision to foster with PugHearts, as well as wanting to do our part to help this incredible rescue organization.

Their commitment to the well-being of the pugs in their care is second to none. It is PugHearts's mission is to help "any pug, at any age, in any condition, at any time." This is not an empty promise. PugHearts will help ANY pug in need and provides ANY treatment necessary for good quality of life. The medical care is exceptional and many of our volunteers (myself included!) use the same veterinarian that PugHearts trusts for their fosters.

My husband and I have adopted a few of our fosters. Blossom had a broken leg. Beefcake had heartworms. Violet had Ehrlichia, heartworms, a stubborn eye ulceration, ear mites, and needed to be spayed. PugHearts made sure these former fosters were treated for all of these conditions. They now have a great quality of life and bring us joy and happiness every day!

PugHearts even goes "beyond the pug" because even though they are fully committed to helping homeless pugs, they are also committed to helping and supporting one another, too. I treasure the friendships I've made through PugHearts and feel fortunate to know such wonderful people!

I'm proud to volunteer with an organization that is unwavering in its commitment to provide help to pugs in need. I am a foster, adoption coordinator, and member of several event committees. I will always support this rescue and their mission and highly recommend PugHearts to anyone looking to adopt a pug!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of PugHearts in early 2008, when I adopted two pugs they had rescued. Since then I have adopted five more and become involved with the organization as a volunteer and donor by helping to coordinate the annual gala and fundraiser, "Pugs on the Bayou." PugHearts is an amazing group of people who volunteer countless hours doing the challenging work of rescuing dogs in need and getting them the medical care and loving experiences in foster homes that they desperately need to heal and find the right forever homes. PugHearts truly lives up to it's motto of doing whatever it takes to care for "Any Pug, Any Age, In Any Condition, Anytime!" Even when some of the pugs come into the rescue too late to be saved, PugHearts will do everything possible to make sure they are treated and shown nothing but love to the end. I have huge admiration for everyone in this group whose dedication and hard work - doing intake, transporting dogs from all over the region, providing medical treatment, fostering dogs in loving homes, processing adoption applications, donating funds, conducting community outreach - all contributes to allow PugHearts to rescue so many dogs since beginning in 2007. Kudos, PugHearts!

2 Justin S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Any Pug, any age, any condition at anytime. PugHearts lives by their motto. They give their time, their homes and their hearts to these dogs. I've never seen a more dedicted leader and so many giving volunteers. They are 5 Star

2 Erika L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PugHearts has saved thousands of pugs and pug mixes. They do not care what condition they are in nor the age nor the health. They stop at nothing, including exceptional medical care and love, for these fur babies. Their Vet bills average around $20,000 a month and rely solely on donations. They are more than just a rescue. They are a family.

2 PugHeartsCindy

Board Member

Rating: 5

PugHearts began with a desire to treat each and every needy pug as if they were our own pets. We are here to love and care for each one until their furever families find them and adopt.
PugHearts takes in Any Pug, At Any Age, In Any Condition, Anytime.
We live this every single day for every single dog in our care.

Previous Stories
8

Board Member

Rating: 5

PugHearts of Houston Pug Rescue is a true 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in the Houston area by dedicated pug owners and lovers. Our mission is the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of needy pugs into loving homes.
Since 2007, PugHearts has rescued over 1600 pugs (and their friends). I have been a part of PugHearts since the beginning and I have never been more proud to be a part of an organization that I am to lead PugHearts

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 2 rescues from PugHearts.
They are an amazing group . Could not be happier

2 Francene Chlon W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PugHearts is amazing the say any pug any age any condition any time. They take in the abandoned abused and broken it does not matter they will do everything needed to save a life. Vet care there is no limit. Great experience adopting we are thankful for our 2 Petey and Phil we adopted and always love volunteering with this rescue!

2 Sharon T.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was following Pughearts for over 2 years on the Page since I at the time owned two Pugs and now I have foster failed with another from Pughearts, and never thought I would be involved in the way I am now. So one day I decided to Foster and has changed my life completely . I have been a Foster and an Adoption Coordinator with Pughearts since 2017 and I must say I have never seen the most Loving supporting group in my life! We are all here for each other in any circumstance to pull each other through the hard times more than we like but that is what rescuing and Fostering is all about. I have taken in Severe Heartworm Pugs and was able to give them Love and to grow into beautiful little fur babies who had no home, living on the streets, chewing on rocks to stay alive and the list goes on. I love Fostering and the amazing people who are in this group keeps me going to help the next Pug who needs Love and a soft pillow to lay his head on.

2 Pam Moskal

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began fostering with Pughearts in 2012. I was surprised at this group. I did not expect what I have experienced with this group. It makes no difference where you came from, what you do for a living, the focus of the group is the pugs. Most of the people in the group would have never met and become friends. We all have 1 common goal, helping pugs get well and find their forever home. Pughearts takes Any Pug, Any Age, Any Condition, Anytime. When the word goes out there is a pug that needs to get to Houston to the vet, the "pug train" gets rolling. Many fosters drive hours to meet the transport coming, pick up the pug, and then drive to meet the next one, until the pug is safely delivered to SugarLand Pet Hospital. We recently got a call about a very sick pug. (she turned out to be a Bugg) It was the Memorial Day weekend. The wheels got in motion. The pug was named Phoenix . She was delivered to the emergency vet on Sunday evening around 7:30 pm. Everything medically was done for Phoenix, but she had distemper which was advanced and no cure for. Sadly Little Bugg Phoenix did not make it. She did not leave with world alone, in a cardboard box, on the side of the road, that she was left in to die in by someone. She was in the arms of a volunteer. Her short little life brought so many people all over the world together praying for her recovery. She was loved by so many who had never met her. Phoenix did rise from the ashes not on her feet as he all hoped, but with her wings. Pughearts once again showed it is true to Any Pug, Any Age, Any Condition, Anytime. This is what Pughearts is about. People from all walks of life, all ages, coming together for the love of pugs. I am very proud to be a small part of the group.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PugHearts is an AMAZING organization! Not only do they accept any pug in any condition, they are a huge system of support and education for all of those involved with and interested in the breed. We have adopted 3 pugs from PugHearts over the past 4 years. We have also fostered a pug who was adopted by a wonderful family in Mississippi. When I first became familiar with pugs in 1996, I thought the best way to go about getting a pug was through a breeder. I made sure they had their AKC papers. I mistakenly took this to mean that these dogs came with a guarantee of quality and health. Obviously, this is not the case. While I was fortunate to have my original pugs for many years, I will never buy from a breeder again. Adoption is the best way to go and there are so many pugs that need forever homes. I am so thankful for PugHearts and all that they do!

4 Jennifer H.7

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that truly loves pugs! I have adopted 2 wonderful pugs PH Donovan (Arie) & PH Cammie (CoCo) from PugHearts and the whole process was easy. These volunteers do amazing and selfless work saving the lives of abandoned and discarded dogs. I find their experience with pugs is exceptional , from temperament testing, vetting, ability to match the dog with right owner, and then find the them a good home. Not just any home, but a great home, that’ll give them what they deserve. So very grateful to them. For all that they do for these fur babies!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PugHearts Houston is a wonderful nonprofit that has no admin costs and gives 110% of all donations back to care for the pugs that need a fresh start. We have had the honor of adopting both Former PH alums Zoey and Barney from Pug Hearts. Both of these puggies had similar stories of being returned multiple times through no fault of their own, and struggled with nervous behavior and heart-breaking shyness. Our Zoey was scared of men due to abuse in the past and at 7 years old, was not desired by her owners so she was surrendered. Our Barney was also not in a loving environment full of neglect at 8 years old- but thankfully was rescued again by PugHearts unending commitment to ensure the best life possibly for all of their pugs. These older seniors had a hard time trusting humans again and believing they could be loved in a forever home, but still had so much life and love to offer. PugHearts Houston never gave up on them, with an unending commitment for medical care, socialization, plus a dedicated core network of amazing foster volunteers to not let these senior pugs be overlooked. I am proud to report that both these babies have embraced the love that was waiting for them all along the rough road of their lives. Pugs often come in abused, neglected, and traumatized, but with open arms and open hearts, PugHearts Houston rushes in to save any pug, any age, any condition and gives back the dignity, love, and family these dogs so deeply desire. PugHearts Houston has won our hearts and we will be forever thankful for the love and enrichment added to our family.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This story starts almost 5 years ago. We purchased a pug puppy. We didn’t have a lot of knowledge of the breed. We joined the group for info and knowledge. They never talked down to us for purchasing but instead taught us about rescue. This lead us to adopting Big Boy a 10 year old senior. You see, Pughearts takes any pug at any age in any condition at anytime. Our Big Boy was sight Impaired, a little hard of hearing with severe arthritis. But the new he was supposed to end up in a forever home. This was the start that lead us to 5 more adoptions ( 6 total ) and 2 Fosters. In March of this year we lost our Big Boy and this organization came together with support beyond belief. We received messages, cards, phone calls and even a visit from members of Pughearts. They are the best.

3 Lauren Sheridan G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been associated with Pughearts for about 6 years now. We have donated to them, fostered pugs for them, and we have very happily adopted two pugs from them. Millie is our senior girl, she was found on the side of the road, blind and deaf, needing multiple surgeries. Pughearts scooped her up and we helped rehabilitate her. Gave her so much love and healing energy. We fell in love with Millie and knew we had to adopt her. Then Pughearts rescued Vida from Mexico - she is a tripod pug - missing her back leg from a severe trauma. Pughearts rescued her, rehabilitated her, and now she is ours to love. Pughearts stands by their mission 110% - any pug, any age, any condition - any time. Not all rescues can say they do the same. We love Pughearts and all that they do for the love of pugs.

2 Doug M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so happy to be able to help foster these animals and be a part of finding them furever homes. PugHearts is a great organization and stops at nothing to insure the safety, well being, and care for the fosters that are taken in.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our first pug from Pughearts just months after their inception. I had recently lost my pug, and was looking for a new family member when my husband suggested we attend a pug meet up. We went to look at a female pug, but the director quickly saw that what we needed was exactly the opposite. Duke is now 14, and he has been joined by 4 other pugs from PH. In addition, we started fostering about 10 years ago, and have helped numerous pugs find their forever homes. This organization helps any pug, any time, and at any cost. It is 100% volunteer and I'm super proud to play a small part in it's success!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering with this organization about a year ago and I have to say it has changed my life. Not only cause I foster failed once, but it has been a true blessing to help these pugs out. I have met a lot of wonderful people as well. Can’t say enough good things about this organization and all the people involved!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the items on my bucket list was to adopt a rescue that really needed us. In searching for a pug rescue, I found Pughearts of Houston. We had a 9 year old pug and wanted a companion for him, so we joined the FaceBook group, to check things out before applying to adopt. I was amazed at the number of pugs and pug mixes available for adoption - all ages, sizes and conditions. There were even a couple that weren't pugs, but were taken in as they had been companions to a pug that was rescued.

It didn't take long to realize that the organizations' catchphrase, "any pug, at any age, in any condition, at any time" were not just words. This amazing network of dedicated volunteers move heaven and earth to follow through on their promises. We applied in July 2017, were quickly approved and then we took our time to find the pug who needed us. Fast forward to April 2018 when Merida came into our home. She had come into our hearts many months before when she was rescued, near death from starvation. She was provided with medical treatments to address all the complications from starvation, spayed and treated for severe heartworms. Medical treatment alone was not enough; she was also loved back to health in the process. We watched her progress with amazement - we couldn't believe that an animal so near death could survive. Merida not only survived, she has thrived.

And she continues to thrive with us and her pug brother, Willie. With all of our love and good intentions we would not have had the knowledge to care for her as she was when she was found in December 2017, nor could we have afforded the cost of rehabilitating her on our own. It took an organization, a village if you will, to give her the life she deserves. While this story is astounding to me, it is just one story of the over 2000 pugs who have found new lives through Pughearts of Houston.

We support this work with our charitable donations, and encourage and amuse other pug parents and adopters with posts and stories about Merida. The posts by others also add to our knowledge base of how to care for our pet family members. We are now part of this village and it enriches our lives on a daily basis.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found PugHearts (or perhaps PugHearts found me) after I lost my 11 year old pug, Lexie. I was ready to add to our fur family and I wanted to rescue. I adopted Webster in Feb of 2013 and then like others decided to help when I could. I didn't foster right away, however, I transported and volunteered whenever possible. Then one day, I sent the director a message on FB and asked her, "What's Cheyenne's story?" and then I became a foster. HAHA! I am still a foster to sweet Buster and have since "foster failed" by adopting Stuart (AKA Stewie or Lil' Brown dog), a sweet pug/pekingese mix. This group is so much more than just a rescue for pugs. I have been witness to so many selfless and loving acts of kindness to animals and humans. There is no better rescue in the world and one filled with the best people. They are filled with compassion and empathy. PugHearts takes in any pug, any age, any condition, ANYTIME. Think about that. Join us. You will be so glad you did.

6 Aaron H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are so many things that can be said about this rescue. It is hard to even figure out where to start. Since birth (literally) my family and I always took in the wandering dogs around the neighborhood. Long before there were rescues we did our best. I, like others, had tried to volunteer for other rescues. It just was never the right fit. Then one day PugHearts came across my life. I thought back on my other experiences and battled with myself if I even wanted to try again. I decided to go to one of the fundraising events and the rest was history. I met, in that one day, some of the most amazing people. At the time I was not in a position to foster, but I had time. When there would be a post on Facebook needing transport or home visits or just about anything I would put myself out there. I would go to the larger events because since I did not have a foster I did not want to be under foot. The more I went to events the more people I met. Watching on Facebook the love and dedication everyone had was amazing. I have seen volunteers have personal issues and this group has come to their aide. Not only to help their fosters but to help the human as well. They have shown up at homes to help clean them out after floods. They rallied together during Harvey to help human and animals get to higher ground. They have been called because someone saw a dead pug on the side of the road and a volunteer has run right out and retrieved the dog. These poor animals that have been were left on the side of the road like garbage were taken to be cremated giving them some sort of final dignity. I have watched as they have traveled hundreds of miles and come back with vans full of pugs. They have offered their time to help other rescues that just needed bodies because their load was so large. They have put together weddings and birthday parties. Given a shoulder to cry on or a bed to sleep in. The moto is any pug, any age, any condition, any time. What they don't tell you is they do the same for the human as well. This is not just a rescue this is a family. And when the time was right I was able to foster and fail. If it was not for this great group of people I would never have met my devil child Daphne,and she may never have been able to have a home. So if you have the time come visit an event. Meet the the people and most importantly meet the pug. You never know how that one encounter could potentially change your life. I know they have certainly changed mine.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first found this rescue when I was looking for a companion for my rescue frenchie. The group amazed us so much we decided to foster a year later and the rest is history. The inspirational people of this group are not friends, they are family. We truly take in any dog, any age, any condition, any time and it makes me just so proud to be here to witness it.

5 lrutters18

Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far the most professional, hard-working and kind rescue I've ever worked with. Before PugHearts, my husband and I tried to foster or adopt through three other rescues, all in Southern California. They never worked out due to lack of follow-up and just not finding the right match, among other reasons. We figured it wasn't meant to be, at least not yet.

I never gave up hope, but aspirations of owning a dog were definitely put on hold. Then one day on Twitter, I came across someone who had adopted a beautiful pug from PH. I noticed the organization was based in Houston, where my parents live, so I figured it was worth trying them.

Our adoption process with PH was impeccable. We were approved to adopt in September 2016, and had a thorough phone screening and home visit shortly after (a diligent volunteer came down from OC!)

In January 2017, at our first PH adoption event, my husband and I met our love Devon Charles! It's been a year since the adoption - and our D-Man aka Devie is our world. The amount of work and dedication this volunteer group puts into rescuing the most vulnerable of pugs deserves much applause and a standing ovation! I'm a proud donor of PH and would definitely adopt from them again.

7 Smr202

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with PugHearts has been as a foster and an adopter. I have fostered for over15 years with various organizations. All cared about the dogs / cats in their rescue. However PugHearts is SO much more. This rescue is filled with people who are so passionate about pugs. They literally go non stop and rescue these babies in any condition. The level of caring is beyond what you can imagine. The dogs, regardless of age, health or condition are cared for and found loving incredible homes. The caring does not stop with an adoption. The team is always available and is there for all pug lovers. I could not be more proud to be a foster for this organization. This photo is Monkey. I adopted her from Pug Hearts after fostering her and falling in love.