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Purple Pug Party and Penny Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Today was Chattanooga Pugs annual Purple Pug Party and Penny Fundraiser for Pug Rescue. Whew, that is a lot of “P”s. Several years ago, Chattanooga’s own Purple Lady came to our Valentine’s Pug Party and we have kept the purple theme ever since. The weather really did not cooperate today though, it was in the mid thirties and there were snow flurries. Not very many people were up to braving that kind of weather. We did have 6 people and 6 pugs at Aunt Sue’s K-9 Bakery. We let the pugs run around and at least burn off a little energy. Today was also a day for people to bring their pennies, nickels, and dimes to support pug rescue. We did manage to raise some money for SouthEast Pug Rescue and Adoption and Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. Both of these organizations help out homeless and needy pugs in the Chattanooga area.

Adopting a dog doesn’t have to mean getting a mutt

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Link to original story:

Adopting a dog doesn’t have to mean getting a mutt

For The Associated Press

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

If your heart’s in the right place, you understand the value of adopting rather than buying a pet. But what if that same heart is set on a particular breed?

Despite what you might think, that’s no reason to give up on adoption, says Betsy Saul, founder of “People are surprised to hear 25 percent of pets in shelters are purebred,” she says.

It may seem like the odds of finding a particular breed in a shelter are low — but the good news is that most breeds have specific groups devoted to their rescue. In fact, shelters often transfer purebreds to such groups to free up space in their own facilities.

On, you can search shelters and rescue groups by breed for 241 breeds of pet — for the most popular dog breeds, the numbers available nationwide are generally in the thousands. The American Kennel Club Web site lists rescue contacts for all but seven of their 161 recognized dog breeds.

Matt and Alexandra Edwards of Alexandria, Va., were so happy with the Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue group they used it twice. They wanted another dog when their pug Sophie seemed depressed after their first pug Max passed away.

Potential owners often assume that rescue pets were given up because there’s something wrong with them, but Edwards is just as happy with his dogs as with the adoption process.

“You kind of wonder if the first time you just kind of lucked out, because Sophie was so wonderful,” he says, “but then we adopted Pugsly and he’s just as great.”

Amy Lane, rescue chair of Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue, says that the problems that land pets in shelters are generally with the owners, not the animals.

“Sometimes it’s unavoidable; sometimes it’s people who just didn’t want to go the distance,” she says.

Still, no dog is perfect, or perfect for every owner. The trick is to make the right match, and that’s why the process of adoption can seem a bit daunting at first.

Rescue groups will generally have fairly substantial forms to fill out, require personal and vet references, and conduct phone and home interviews. It’s all designed to make sure that dogs find the right people and people find the right dogs.

The first step for the rescue group is educating potential adopters about the breed. Many people don’t realize that pugs shed, for example, or that, while adult pugs are renowned couch potatoes, saying that you want a calm pug puppy is “an oxymoron of the worst kind,” says Lane.

Because rescue groups see so many dogs surrendered, they know what causes problems and what makes a good match. And since most groups are all-volunteer and foster dogs in their own homes, someone has lived with your prospective pet and knows all about his habits and personality.

One advantage of adopting an adult dog is that their personalities are more fully developed than a puppy’s, so you have a clearer idea of what you’re getting.

But expect a process of getting accustomed to a new home; after six to eight weeks, you should be able to see what the chemistry between dogs and family members will be for the long term, says Lane. For dogs who have been neglected or had other troubles, there may be more changes for the better over time.

The Edwards saw the seven year old Pugsly become much more self-confident and sociable over the course of his first year with them. Says Alexandra, “It’s been awesome to see him come out of his shell.”


On the Net:

Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue

Animals available listed by breed on Petfinder:

AKC List of breed rescue contacts

Chattanooga Pugs raise money for Pug Rescue

Saturday, February 7th, 2009


Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

(Pictured is Rhyann who is one of our younger Chattanooga Pug members. She and her family donated their change to help make a difference for pug rescue.)

Along with our Purple Pug Party, we had a Penny fundraiser. I know that times are tough, but there are always pugs coming into rescue and medical bills piling up. Each and every penny, nickel, and dime is helpful to offset the escalating costs that rescues face each day. There are two pug rescue groups that operate in the Chattanooga area to help need and homeless pugs: Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption and Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. Each of these organizations relies on a network of volunteers and foster homes to help save pugs and pug mixes. This year, with the help of all of our Chattanooga Pug members, we raised $100.00 which will be divided among the two groups. If you are interested in volunteering, fostering, or donating to either of these organizations please visit:


Or find a pug rescue in your area: