By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Emmet is a recently rescued senior male pug who is struggling to live.
He was found in a remote rural area, sick and emaciated. He was picked up and dropped off at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter. The shelter then called Homeward Bound Pug Rescue (HBPR) and Adoption of Oklahoma to see if they could help.
Of course, Gail Tucker, director of HBPR was fast to the rescue.
She immediately posted on Facebook to the organization’s nearly 9,ooo followers that transport was needed from the shelter to Neel Veterinary Clinic in northwest OKC saying, “ I don’t want him to die alone in the shelter.”
An HBPR volunteer quickly responded and whisked the hardly recognizable pug off to the veterinary clinic for some much needed medical attention.
In the spirit of this month’s St. Patrick’s Day, Tucker named the frail little pug, Emmet.
“Emmet couldn’t even stand and we weren’t sure he would make it to the vet,” said Tucker. “We picked him up and rushed him there.”
After a thorough examination it was determined that little Emmet has Ehrlichia, a tick born illness common in Oklahoma.
“His white blood cell count was off the charts,” Tucker said. “He is anemic and has no platelets.”
Because of the horrific condition Emmet was in, the idea was suggested that Tucker put the rescue’s money into healthier pugs, rather than investing it on Emmet.
“I suppose that would make sense to most, but not to us and our wonderful pug supporters and friends,” said Tucker. `
“When a pug needs us we will stop at nothing to save their life as long as they are not suffering,” she added. “Emmet wants to live and is fighting to stick around.”
According to Tucker, Emmet is now on fluids, large amounts of strong antibiotics and is being monitored closely.
“If we can’t get his numbers up, he will need a transfusion,” Tucker continued. “As you can imagine, bills are already mounting and as much as I hate asking for help, there is no way he can survive without you, our supporters.
“Please consider a donation to help Emmet live,” Tucker asks the public. “No amount is too small and we thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Pug people are the best. Please offer up some prayers and donate if you can for this sweet little old man.”
“Even though the goal might be reached, which is just an estimate, any additional funds received will help us and be greatly appreciated, because we have so many other pugs in need.” Tucker said.
Anita Whyte Brenberger, a longtime dedicated HBPR volunteer said in response to the appalling, skeleton-like photos of Emmet posted on Facebook, “To anyone who wonders why I’m in rescue, here’s your answer.”
Lee Stevens, another avid volunteer of the group posted this recent update on the HBPR Facebook page, “He is alert, walking a bit now and has given Gail Tucker kisses. Please keep praying for Emmet, his condition is still guarded.”
Based in Norman, HBPR is an all volunteer, not for profit organization dedicated to pugs. HBPR will take any and all pugs regardless of age, health and/or temperament. The organization frequently rescues from kill shelters and they also accept owner relinquishments.
Since its founding in 2003, HBPR has placed over 2500 pugs into responsible, loving homes.
On Saturday, March 12, Homeward Bound invites the public to join them in the O’City St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11 a.m. in downtown Oklahoma City. Participants are asked to wear green and meet at the white tent staging area on the corner of Reno and Hudson by 9 a.m. For details and to sign up, visit the HBPR Facebook St. Patrick’s Day Parade event page.