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“Give Pugs a Chance” Meet & Greet hopes to match pugs with people


Photo 2 Cutline: Tonka, a 7-month-old black male pug, gets along great with his foster pug sisters and brothers and will make a great addition to a loving home. Contact HBPR at 405-706-1492 to adopt Tonka. Photo by Anita Brenberger

By Darla Shelden
Contributing Writer

Homeward Bound Pug Rescue (HBPR) is hosting the “Give Pugs a Chance” Meet & Greet event on Saturday, Feb. 18, at A-1 Pet Emporium, 9417 N. May Avenue, in Oklahoma City, from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Homeward Bound has pugs and a lot of them.

Gail Tucker, Homeward Bound Pug Rescue president and founder, and her volunteer staff have their hands full with nearly 60 pugs available for adoption.

“Like the song says, “all we are saying is ‘Give Pugs a Chance,” said Tucker. “We have nearly 60 pugs available for adoption at this time. They have been coming in fast and furious these past two weeks. If you are considering a pug or just want to come and play with one to see if you’re a good fit, the Homeward Bound Pug Rescue “Give Pugs a Chance” Meet & Greet at A-1 Pet Emporium is the place to be on Feb.18.”

Pre-approved homes can adopt that day and others can see if a pug is the right dog for them. The HBPR adoption form must be filled out by all perspective adoptees in advance. Forms will be available at the Meet & Greet and can also be found online. Visit the Homeward Bound Pug Rescue site at, and click ‘adoption form’ located on the left hand side of the page.

“We’ll have at least a dozen adoptable pugs to steal your heart and we hope everyone will stop by who loves dogs, or thinks they might want a pug,” said Tucker.

If there is a particular pug on the website you are interested in, contact HBPR at [email protected] and they will try to have him/her available at the event for you to meet.

“The “Give Pugs a Chance” Meet & Greet will be indoors and weather won’t be a problem. A-1 Emporium provides a room where the pugs can run free and play. You can come in and enjoy time with these furry little angels,” said Tucker.
To view all of Homeward Bound’s pugs that are available for adoption visit the website at

It’s not too late to enter the “A Month of Puggie Love” Art Contest. Prizes include iTunes gift cards, movie tickets and a $50 PetSmart gift card. Enter your artistic pug composition today for a chance to win. Entry forms can be found on the HBPR facebook page at, by clicking on the ‘Enter Our Art Contest” link on the left.

HBPR is looking for foster homes in Oklahoma. Trisha Clark, HBPR volunteer said, “We have had an unprecedented number of pugs come into our rescue since the first of the year. We are full and have had to temporarily board several at our vet clinic until fosters can be located. If you can find it in your heart to provide a pug with a temporary home, please contact Gail Tucker at [email protected] or call 405-706-1492.”

Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to the pug breed. Their purpose is to give every unwanted pug in Oklahoma and neighboring states a second chance. HBPR’s goal is to place pugs that have been surrendered, abandoned, or abused into loving and caring forever homes. They have placed over 1500 pugs since Homeward Bound Pug Rescue opened in 2003.

“Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the “Give Pugs a Chance” Meet & Greet on Feb. 18, from 12 noon – 4 p.m., at A-1 Pet Emporium on the corner of May and Britton. Once you meet a pug, you’ll fall in love and never be the same,” said Tucker. “Remember, all we are saying is “Give Pugs a Chance.”

For more information visit the Homeward Bound Pug Rescue site at

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