Briggs, Cricket and Sharky are big-eyed, wriggly and all about love. Meeting the three pugs, it’s easy to see the breed’s famous joie de vivre. The fact that these dogs are this cheery and affectionate after all they’ve been through is a tribute to the big hearts both of the dogs and of the volunteers of Pug Rescue of Austin.
The network of volunteers helps pugs from across the state. The medical coordinator for the group, and one of its founders, is Signe Corbin, a technician at Westlake Animal Hospital. Most of the group’s rescue pugs come through this practice, where they get a thorough vet exam. In the hospital’s “Pug Room,” which has pug-themed decorations, she introduces us to the three ebullient dogs.
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Pug Rescue of Austin
Volunteering: Needs include fosters, adoption application screeners, dog transporters and adoption event coordinators. The group has 350 volunteers in its database, about 100 of whom are regularly active. Pug Rescue of Austin plans lots of get-togethers and other chances to socialize, some coordinated with the Austin Pug Club. “We’re always doing fun things,” volunteer Alecia Zalot says.
Adoption: Apply online to adopt. The process includes a background check, references check and a home visit. Approved adopters can have a dog stay with them a few days before making a decision. Meet pugs and pug mixes up for adoption at the group’s events, including adoption days the first and third Sunday of every month at Petco, 9828 Great Hills Trail. The group is almost always able to place its pugs, Corbin says, whether it takes a couple of days or a couple of years.
Wish list: As the group helps more and more pugs, some with expensive medical needs, cash is always needed. Crates, leashes, harnesses, collars, bedding, blankets, food, treats, toys, Furminators and other dog supplies are also welcome.
At Barkitecture: On Saturday, Pug Rescue of Austin will be one of the rescue groups benefiting from Barkitecture. Starting at noon at Triangle Park, see stylish doghouses created by Austin architects, designers and builders. www.austinbarkitecture.com.
Online: www.austinpugrescue.com and www.facebook.com/PugRescueofAustin
This is part of an occasional series profiling Central Texas shelters and rescue groups. If you have a group to suggest, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more of our pet coverage, go to statesman.com/pets.