Seattle Pug Rescue is Closing

Seattle Pug Rescue was started over 20 years ago as a labor of love for a breed by Cathy Moore and Sherry Vadheim. That's almost 150 in Pug years!

By any measure Seattle Pug Rescue has been a wonderful success story. We have rescued and rehomed over 1500 pugs, raised the funds on our own for all their medical care and transport costs, financially helped pug rescues around the country and supported a vigorous senior for seniors program.

In the intervening years dozens of other pug lovers have volunteered their valuable time while raising families and working full time jobs to act as a giant safety net for Pugs. There have been so many miles logged transporting new intakes, countless hours reviewing applications and doing home checks. So much effort put into our annual Pug Gala, Pugoweens, and other fundraisers! We have forged countless friendships and shared many heartaches over the years including the passing of our beloved cofounder Cathy Moore.

Through the years we have taken in and cared for over 1500 pugs, mostly from Washington, Oregon and Idaho but also from as far away as Thailand. We have helped shut down two puppy mills and made hundreds of homes and dogs just a little bit happier! Our fosters have poured their hearts into physically and emotionally rehabilitating so many wonderful little puggers so they could find new homes. Quite a few found their new homes with their foster families, and a few who were too ill to be adopted at least spent their final days in a loving foster home.

Some years it seemed there were so many pugs to rescue our volunteers almost felt they were drowning in pugs but pulling together we got through it all knowing we had to make the effort for the Pugs. In the last few years the number of rescues has slowed to a trickle although the medical costs of each rescue Pug recently has recently skyrocketed. 2020 has also severely impacted our fundraising. We have had to cancel both our Gala and Pugoween due to COVID 19 issues, and general fundraising has been down due to the current economic downturns triggered by COVID 19 restrictions. Our decrease in surrenders has been in part from a decline in our breed's popularity (always a good thing!) and the rise of more rescues around the northwest to help share the burden.

It has become apparent that the need for our little rescue has waned and it is time to close our ongoing rescue efforts. We still have several pugs in our seniors for seniors program to support and a couple of permanent foster pugs to care for. It is our hope with the ongoing support of the Puget Sound Pug Dog Club that we will continue to raise funds to support these Very Important Pugs and to help support Pug related causes in the coming years.

We want to thank all of our volunteers and supporters through the years for all their efforts. We know that you will all feel the loss that we do at the closing of Seattle Pug Rescue but remember our efforts have not been in vain and we have not failed. Over 1500 pugs found safety and new homes through our combined effort. It is with pride that we can say that we have succeeded so much through the years and that it is also a good feeling to know that the pressing need for our rescue has passed.

Everything has been transferred to Pacific Pug Rescue, not Church of Pug. If you need to surrender your pug, are looking to adopt, want to donate money or volunteer to help pugs, please contact Pacific Pug Rescue.

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About SPR

Seattle Pug Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused pugs, giving each a second chance in a loving and caring forever home. SPR accepts pugs regardless of their age, temperament or medical condition. Pugs surrendered to SPR receive necessary medical and dental care; are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to placement; receive routine vaccinations; and receive behavioral care, if needed.

NOTE: Seattle Pug Rescue is not affiliated with WA State Pug Rescue.

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