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
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.