Friday, August 22, 2008

Midwest Pug Rescue

Mom was on Craigslist today and found this posting:

+ + + HELP Needed Donations to Pug Rescue + + +
Reply to:

Date: 2008-08-20, 7:22PM CDT

Greetings to all Pug lovers and friends of pugs, This has been a horrible year for our group, Midwest Pug Rescue. Many people are giving up their pets, due to the bad economy. We need committed dog lovers to help us help these innocent creatures, that to no fault of their own, have become homeless.

Since July 1, 2008 we have taken in an unbelievable number of pugs, 28 to be exact in only 6 weeks. We have taken in 68 pugs since January 1st, 2008.

We have been very fortunate to be able to find homes for most of the pugs, but we do still have some pugs that need homes. We have run up some unbelievable vet bills. Almost every pug we have rescued has needed some kind of vet work. Every pug needs the basic vet work (spay, neuter, and shots) and we have an inordinant number of pugs have needed extensive vet care..

Here is a partial list of vet bills that we have incurred this year, 2008:

• Casey had two knee and two hips surgeries totally over $1,800 with a nice discount

• We had 4 pugs go through mange treatments at ~ $200 each

• We had 5 pugs go through heartworm treatment at $350 each •

• Matilda, Murphy and Mojo all recently had eye surgeries totaling over $2,500

• Frankie still needs knee surgery at ~$400 •

• Buddy had emergency liver shunt surgery at $3,500

• Several pugs still need to be neutered, shots, dentals etc

• We also still have 12 pugs in hospice that have ongoing issues that require vet visits and meds (not to mention the amount of food it takes to feed 25+ pugs that are awaiting treatment or placement.

We really need support in the Midwest area. We really need help with fundraising on a monthly basis to keep up with the influx of pugs that are going to continue to need help. This, I fear, is not a short term situation. I am afraid it is going to keep on the same track for awhile. We are having our annual fundraiser 9/13 in KC and our annual Pug O Ween in Omaha in October.

We also need adoptive homes and we always need more foster homes - ALWAYS! I have 12 dogs at my house. I have no homes else to place or foster them. It's becoming hard on the old dogs I have. But we are doing our best. Please visit the following links for Midwest Pug Rescue about the fundraisers and information about the pugs in need and also a tribute to some very special pugs and pug people. Please let me know if you can help with fundraising, fostering or adopting. Thank you for the support you have given the pugs in the past.

If you would like to make a donation, please go to our website and go to the bottom of the first page. You will see the options that are available for you to make your donation. Thank you for caring about the orphans!

Reading this made mom very sad. The bad economy doesn't just affect people - it affects pugs too. Mom wants to help all the pugs but that is just not possible. She even asked me if I would like to have a pug live with us for a short time until it could find a home, but dad said that he couldn't live with a pug and then give it away. I know how lucky I am that I have great parents who love and take care of me, but the pugs at the rescue have not had the same life that I have had.

Please visit the Midwest Pug Rescue website to read about the adoptable pugs, pugs that have already found homes, and pugs who are in heaven. If you can, please donate whatever you can to help the pugs out. Every pug deserves a good life and a second chance.

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