By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Pug Hollow Sanctuary, located in Prague, OK started with one pug who had a massively complicated autoimmune disorder.
Today Pug Hollow is a hospice and long term care sanctuary providing a safe, loving home for small dogs in need of palliative end of life care and for dogs who need more care than a normal home setting could give them.
“We are not an adoption rescue for the most part,” said Kara Stanley, Pug Hollow President and Placement Coordinator. “When we do have a dog who can be adopted our fees cover only the vetting needed to get that dog ready to leave our care.”
Stanley says Pug Hollow was created to give a loving home to senior dogs, dogs with injuries, health conditions, terminal conditions, or previously abused dogs too emotionally damaged to place. Most of the canine residents are permanent because of their conditions.
“Our motto is that ‘Before the Rainbow Bridge, there is the Hollow.’ No matter what the health condition, or age of the dog, Pug Hollow will provide a safe, happy, loving home where they can live out the remainder of their lives in comfort.”
Currently Pug Hollow is home to over 30 dogs, including animals with cancer to heart conditions, older dogs and dogs suffering with extreme anxiety.
While working on her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Stanley had just finished a course on feeds and feeding for livestock. With that knowledge, a Small Animal Clinical Nutrition textbook and the help of a couple of experts she created what she now calls Edgar food.
“Edgar food is a diet that was specially formulated for our very first pug, Edgar T. Post,” Stanley said. “It was his sole diet for nearly 11 years.
“At 3 years old Edgar was diagnosed with autoimmune condition that caused his body to destroy his liver, thyroid and adrenal glands, requiring a careful balance of diet and medication to keep everything working properly.”
The homemade blend consists of turkey, rice, oatmeal, barley, eggs, rice bran oil, and a combination of vitamin/mineral supplements.
“Edgar passed away last year, but we still make it for those dogs who need special nutrition,” she said.
Pug Hollow depends on donations to help pay for the medical care of her animals.
Stanley said. “This past October our largest fundraising event at TG Farms, in Newcastle, OK, was rained out leaving our veterinary fund critically low.”
Then a co-worker friend offered to help.
“We were very glad when Karen Miles, organizer for the Lake Overholser/Sinchcomb Wildlife Refuge Cleanup offered to let us come out and put up our table at the event,” Stanley said. “We plan on bringing some of our permanent residents who act as ‘Ambassadogs’ to meet and greet, as well as doggy bandanas, dog clothing, and some cute dog-related items.”
On Saturday, April 12, in Oklahoma City, Pug Hollow will feature Sir, an 18-year-old male Chihuahua; Cleo, a seven-year-old female pug with neurological problems; and Fiona, an 8 year old female pug with an enlarged heart.
The booth will be located at Overholser Pavilion, near N.W. 14 and E. Overholser Dr. from 12 – 2 p.m.
Stanley says the idea of Pug Hollow began in 2003, later becoming a non-profit in 2011.
“Coincidentally, at about the same time the May 2011 tornado hit our location near Lindsay,” Stanley said. “We literally lost everything but the dogs. We had one critical head injury, and lost one very old terminal cancer patient, but the rest of the dogs were okay.”
“If you can please help us replenish our vet fund,” said Stanley. “We have multiple dogs who are on medications on a day-to-day basis, and we really need your help.”
Donations can be made by PayPal to [email protected], or by mail to Pug Hollow Sanctuary, PO Box 244, Prague, OK 74864.
To learn more, visit www.pughollowsanctuary.org.