Pug Squad had a busy and impactful first quarter, and as we look forward to an eventful spring (Pugapalooza, anyone?!), we wanted to share a recap of all the ways YOU have helped us help pugs in need so far this year. We are so grateful to be part of such a generous rescue community!
Zombie Pug Movie
Beneficiary: New Beginning Animal Rescue
Total raised: $497
Emoji Bow Tie Fundraiser with Pugnacious Gifts and Curly Tail Ties
Beneficiary: Tiny Paws Pug Rescue
Total raised: $915
Valentine Fundraiser with the Crafty Hong Sisters
Beneficiary: Pug Squad Mini Grant Program
Total raised: $1,285
Beneficiary: Green Mountain Pug Rescue
Total raised: $3,734.75
Pug Squad Mini Grants
In February, our friends at PAWS (Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society) on Long Island rescued a blind, senior pug, Hugga, and so many members of the Squad stepped up to help. We pledged a $550 match for their YouCaring fundraising campaign to pay for Hugga’s costly vet bills, and PAWS quickly surpassed their goal! Our Transport Coordinator, Danielle, arranged transport for Hugga, and our always-on-call emergency foster mom, Kendra, fostered her until she was adopted to her forever home this month.
Tanner’s P.A.W.S. Rescue: $650
Tanner’s P.A.W.S. (Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety) is an animal rescue and shelter in Corning, NY. They took in a young, neglected pug named Otis last month and needed help paying for his costly vet bills. Only one year old, Otis has already had three different owners and hardly any basic medical care. Now that he is in the capable, loving hands of Tanner’s P.A.W.S., he is getting the care he urgently needs. He has been vaccinated, de-wormed, and is now in the care of the doctors at Cornell University’s Small Animal Companion Hospital. Sweet Otis has since been diagnosed with a rare, neurodegenerative disease, so although we were able to support Tanner’s P.A.W.S. with a mini grant to cover Otis’ initial vet bills, they are still in need of donations for Otis’ care. Check out their GoFundMe campaign where you can read and share Otis’ full story.
Total impact: $7,631.75
In addition to our fundraisers, we have a large group of volunteers in NY, NJ, and CT who are ready and willing to help rescues with shelter pulls and pug transport. This quarter, our transport team mapped out and coordinated transport for incoming rescue pugs at PAWS, Buffalo Pug and Short Nose Rescue, and Green Mountain Pug Rescue.
If you volunteer for a pug rescue (or if you just know of a pug rescue) that needs help meeting a fundraising goal or assistance with transport, get in touch! We are always looking for new rescues to support. We’re also on the lookout for volunteers, so if you are interested in getting involved with Pug Squad fill out our short volunteer application, and be a part of the Squad.