PugHearts has successfully rescued: 3359 dogs since Feb 2007 and 82 dogs are currently available.
PugHearts of Houston Pug Rescue is a true 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in the Houston area by dedicated pug owners and lovers.  Our mission is the rescue, rehabilitation and permanent placement of needy pugs into loving homes.





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an’t wait to see all our friends at POTB 2019!

Thanks for supporting the PugHearts pugs!
2017 was a very busy year!

PugHearts took in 328 pugs (and friends)
We found happy endings for 302 pugs!

Sadly, 38 of the pugs in our care crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

It’s hard to believe that we’re coming up on PugHearts’ 11th anniversary on February 14, 2018! In that time, we have rescued over 2500 dogs. This is particularly ironic; as those of us who have been here from the beginning remember so many people telling us there wasn’t a need for a Pug rescue in Houston. We knew better then, and we’ve certainly shown that we were right.

So how did it all start?

Well, as anyone who is familiar with PugHearts will know, I started this rescue with a question to Richard.

“What would it take to set up a website? I am thinking about starting my own rescue.”

It was that vision, dedication and stubbornness that made PugHearts come alive.

I used to be a foster for a pug rescue in another city. They had a small presence in Houston, but as they weren’t what I thought we should be.

So, I decided that Houston had to have its own pug rescue. And as I had experience as a volunteer for a rescue group, I knew what “worked” and what didn’t. I knew how high we could and should set the bar for these pugs.

I drew on that experience to set up PugHearts. I talked to others that had the same high standards I did.

We all converged on my house in early 2007 and talked about our vision.
  • We talked about how PugHearts would be different.
  • We wanted PugHearts to be a rescue, not a shelter.
  • We didn’t want to put dogs in a kennel and wait for someone to come see them.
  • We wanted our dogs to be fostered in homes with people who would love them and care for them as though they were their own
  • We wanted our foster parents to be actively involved in the process of finding a forever home for their rescues – their input would matter.
  • We made a rule that we would not adopt any dog to a home that we would not feel comfortable leaving our own pets with.
  • Our adoptions are not just transactions; they are an extension of our rescue family.
  • We wanted our volunteers and adopters to all feel like part of a community; we don’t just want our dogs to go to new homes and never be heard from again.
  • We also decided that we would never turn any pug away, regardless of age or medical condition…even if we knew that dog would not survive.
  • We would NEVER turn our back on them in their hour of need.
  • We would bring love and comfort to that pug during its final hours. Sadly, we have needed to do this on several occasions.
On that day, we placed $80 on the coffee table. That got us started and is still the amount in the PugHearts savings account.
PugHearts has grown dramatically in the past 11 years. We’ve struggled to keep up with the demands which were far greater than we envisioned.

The initial 10 or so people who attended that first meeting have grown to an army of volunteers and contributors spread throughout the greater Houston area – and beyond!

And it takes every one of those people to make PugHearts a success.

Through all the growth and changes, we are proud to say that we remain truly non-profit, with 100% of our donations going to the care of our rescues.

And we remain true to our core values which we founded PugHearts on.
The rescues are our priority, and we treat them as our own until we can find them their perfect “forever” home.

~ Any Pug, At Any Age, In Any Condition, ANYTIME!

~ The photo below is with Alfie....the one that started it all. Taken on the day I asked that fateful question.
Thank you all for believing in our mission and helping us keep our standards high….for the pugs.

Cindy R
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SullyPH ID: #6301
Sully was found as a stray, after obviously been living his life on the streets for quite sometime. Once his stray hold was up, the shelter surrendered him to PugHearts. Poor Sully was so uncomfortable. He sat in the car shaking and screaming when PugHearts first picked him up. The shelter aged him at 14 because his appearance was so bad, but after further observation by our Vets, we believe Sully is 9 years old. He has lost almost all of his fur from yeast, and his skin is black and leathery with scabs and sores on it. Daily medicated baths and prednisone have done wonders for both his appearance and comfort in a short period of time, and I can already tell his transformation is going to be epic! He’s also taking Ketoconazole for his yeasty skin. Once his skin is healthy enough, Sully will need several growths removed and a soft palate surgery. He will also be scheduled for a dental to help with some pretty bad teeth that causes him to drool frequently. Unfortunately Sully is Heartworm positive, and will be going thru treatment in a few months. This boy has fit in so well with his foster family. He loves sleeping in the crate next to my bed, and the screaming has almost stopped completely, unless he loses me. He doesn’t mind the other dogs, but hasn’t really engaged in playing yet. He sees pretty well, and has learned the daily routine quickly, but he’s still learning his name. He’s doing well with house training, and he’s not wearing a belly band because of his bad skin. Sully is such a sweetheart during bath time, it’s obvious that it feels great to him. Once Sully is healed up, he will make the perfect pet. He’s learning how to be spoiled, and will expect his forever home to do the same.

PugHearts of Houston has maintained a Group page on Facebook for the past several years. We encourage past adopters, potential adopters, fosters and all Pug lovers to join us! We love to post and share photos, heartwarming stories and advice on Pugs.

We have always required that potential FB PugHearts Group members submit a request to join our group in an effort to control SPAM and unauthorized posts. Group posts were visible to the public, but only approved group members could post comments or photos.

However, facebook has recently made some changes to their terms of service which made the PugHearts Group an “open” group, allowing anyone to post on our FB page. This resulted in some unfortunate posts which upset many people. It also allows for unauthorized use of images from our Group and opens our members to breaches of their privacy. We have now changed the status of our group back to “Closed” which once again requires any new members to submit a request to join before they can post.

This change does not affect any existing facebook group members in any way.

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However, with these new changes our FB Group is now only visible to existing members. None of our posts or images are available to be viewed by anyone not a current member of our Group. This ensures the safety of our members as well as the protection of our content.

To become a member of our FB Group , simply go to our FB Group page and request to join. Our Administrators will take a quick peek at your profile to ensure you are a genuine pug-loving person (and not a SPAM bot) and with one click they will add you as a member. If your FB profile is brand new or you have a very blank profile, they may ask you for additional information to verify you are a genuine requestor. Once you are added you can post and read to your heart’s content. Just remember to play nice and refrain from abusive posts. We want to encourage and educate Pug lovers by making this a welcoming and nurturing environment.

So come on over to our FB Group page and see what’s happening with your fellow Pug lovers!

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