By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Homeward Bound Pug Rescue (HBPR) and Adoption of Oklahoma’s broad reach through a network of rescues, vet clinics and avid supporters on social media has resulted in the intake of a large number pugs in need of loving homes. Many of these abandoned or surrendered pugs arrive with serious medical conditions that can sometimes be overwhelming.
Emmet is a recently rescued senior male pug who came to HBPR struggling to live.
The seriously emaciated fawn pug found in a remote rural area was dropped off at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, who then called Homeward Bound to see if they could help.
HBPR director, Gail Tucker, was quick to respond.
She immediately posted on Facebook to the group’s nearly 9,000 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.”
Emmet was quickly picked up by an HBPR volunteer and whisked off to receive some much needed medical attention.
“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.”
It was soon determined that little Emmet had Ehrlichia, a tick born disease common in Oklahoma.
“His white blood cell count was off the charts,” Tucker said. “He was anemic and had no platelets.”
Because of Emmet’s horrific condition, it was suggested that Tucker put the funds towards healthier pugs, rather than investing it on such an ill rescue.
“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 was placed on fluids, large amounts of strong antibiotics and was monitored closely.
Tucker then posted on Facebook. “As you can imagine, bills are already mounting and as much as I hate asking for help, there is no way Emmet can survive without you, our supporters.
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.
“Please consider a donation to help Emmet live,” Tucker asks the public, “We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Pug people are the best.”
After seeing photos of Emmet on Facebook, longtime HBPR volunteer Anita Brenberger said, “To anyone who wonders why I’m in rescue, here’s your answer.”
Other recent rescues in dire condition include Gladys, a pug mix, who sustained a head injury when hit by a car; Foxy, a black female pug was also a hit and run victim; and little PeeWee, now deemed the official Homeward Bound Pug Ambassador, who was abused and severely ill when the group received him.
Various organizations and businesses have come to HBPR’s aid in times of need.
Trisha Clark, owner of A-1 Emporium in Oklahoma City, has repeatedly helped to organize Puggerfest, the group’s annual fall fundraising event and often hosts their monthly Meet & Greet adoption events.
In a recent Emmet update, Tucker stated, “Emmet is doing so well – talk about a will to live. This is why we do what we do.”
Since its founding in 2003, HBPR has placed nearly 3000 pugs into responsible, loving homes.
“We have had a hard start to the year and any extra funds raised for Emmet will be used to cover the expenses of pugs awaiting dental and heart worm treatments, as well as for Savannah, our sweet senior, who is waiting for bladder stone removal surgery,” Tucker said. “Please help if you can. No amount is too small.”
Update: PeeWee has been adopted! Samuel Huber is now the proud papa of little PeeWee. Visit his PeeWee Page on Facebook for more updates!