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Cindy, Executive Director, of PugHearts in Houston discusses the different facets of a rescue organization
PugHearts of Houston is a non-profit rescue dedicated to giving unwanted and neglected Pugs a second chance. It is staffed by a network of volunteers in and around the greater Houston, TX area.
Some of these volunteers donate their time; they pick up dogs, drive them to vet appointments, process adoption applications and help us out at events we attend throughout the year. Some volunteers open their hearts and homes to our Rescues and provide safe, loving foster homes for these dogs.
None of our dogs stay in a shelter or kennel. All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout the area. They learn to live (some of them for the first time) in a home with foster siblings and parents who teach them how to be part of a loving family. These fosters will try to get them ready for the next phase of their lives – when they get to join their new forever home!
Interesting in Adopting? Here's what you should do...
Read the FAQ below. Click the Pugs? and Learn tabs at the top of this website to read more about PugHearts and the breed. Taking the time to do some research about the breed will ensure that this is the right breed for you.
Look over the Our Dogs section to see if we have a pug available that would be a good match for you and your family. Any dog listed in this section is available unless their bio states they are on medical hold. As soon as a dog is adopted out they are moved to our Success Stories page.
Complete an adoption application using the Adopt tab on this website. Be sure to answer every single question as an incomplete application will not be processed.Remember, there is no obligation or commitment when you fill out an application. Even if you are approved, we will not place a pug with you until you (& we!) are certain you have found the perfect match. To make sure of this we will conduct a home visit as well a Meet & Greet with you and your potential adoptee. Our goal is to make sure that our Rescues find their true FOREVER home and never find themselves homeless again.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can I come see the dogs?
A: No, our dogs do not live at a shelter; they are in private foster homes.
Q: How will I know which dog is right for me?
A: Start by reading the bios and looking at the photos of the dog. If you find one you think you are interested in, complete an adoption application and list that dog on it. One of our volunteers will contact you (usually within a week or so) to talk to you about your application and that dog. If it sounds like a good fit, we will then arrange a “meet & greet” for you and that dog.
Q: Is there any way I can meet a dog before putting in an application?
A: If you do not have an approved adoption application on file, we will not schedule a “meet & greet” for you and a dog. However, we do try to bring as many of our rescues as possible to the Houston Pug Meetup. This is held the first Saturday of every month at Danny Jackson Dog Park. We usually have several volunteers there too who can answer general questions about PugHearts. NO adoptions take place during the meetups, they are for socialization only.
Q: What if I want a dog but don’t see one on your website I’d like?
A: Complete the adoption application. Unfortunately, we always have more dogs coming into our care. If you complete an application and we have it already approved, then we can contact you if a dog comes in that meets your request. Also, if you see one added to our website that you’d like to meet we can proceed directly to that step – no waiting for your application to be processed!
Q: How much is it to adopt a dog?
A: There is a $400 for adults and $500 for puppies adoption fee. This covers all medical expenses for the dog including rabies and other vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm testing and microchipping.
Q: Do I have t
Dr. Lori Cesario from Canine Cancer Academy discusses breeds and cancer detection.
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The goal is to share knowledge and information about canine cancer with dog owners affected by the disease.
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Pughearts of Houston has rescued over 3,392 Pugs. Learn how you can help and particpate in their fundrasier PUGS ON THE BAYOU!
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.
Get involved in their fundraiser:
Pughearts would love your help!
Purchase a mask on the barknwag.com and part of the proceed will go to PugHearts!
What happens at an annual exam at the veterinarian office with Dr. Susan McMillan
Please keep you dog healthy and go to the vet! Also, if you are rescuing a dog.
By T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM
It is always nice to know what to expect when you visit the veterinarian. Why? Because nobody likes surprises. So what what is going through the doctor's mind when your dog (or cat) is presented.
Let's just say you came in for your pet's routine yearly vaccination. Usually this is a good time for the doctor to take a really close look at your pet -- a good time to do an annual physical exam.
Written notes on the patient's medical chart are absolutely necessary in order to maintain a good medical history. So when the doctor isn't probing and pulling, there will be some written data being recorded. Later this information is transferred to a computerized program that sorts and organizes yearly reminders, prescription data, important patient events or surgeries and billing data.
Computers are an excellent way for the veterinarian to access current information on new techniques, medications and procedures. Plus, as a way to access continuing education references, the computer and Internet have opened up libraries of information on dog (and cat) care.
A good physical exam includes taking the patient's temperature. Normal temperature for a dog or cat varies between 101 and 102.5 degrees; that's a bit higher than our normal temperature. So if you see the veterinarian lift the pet's tail up and come at it with the thermometer, don't be shocked! The temperature is taken rectally and causes no discomfort. Every so often a seemingly healthy pet tips off the veterinarian that something isn't quite right simply by having an elevated temperature.
Skin and coat are really excellent indicators of the pet's health status. Look at this dog's coat and you can see right away that there is something wrong. The coat should be shiny, not brittle and coarse, and the skin should be clean and not greasy and flaky.
The vast majority of skin and coat problems are associated with grain-based diets of poor quality and during the physical exam your veterinarian should inquire about the pet's diet. Two weeks on a meat-based diet and this dog will often look, feel and act much better. (Visit our nutrition section for some good advice on the matter.)
Many types of dermatological problems are avoided if the dog or cat is consuming an optimum diet. In some cases, adding a supplement such as, a mega fatty acid supplement is the key factor in avoiding repeated episodes of hot spots and other skin afflictions.
Your veterinarian should examine both ears, too. Obvious infections and allergies are problems the owner can see, like the infected ear on this dog. But often, deep in the ear canal is where infections can start and if noticed early, can be eliminated before they get to the stage where the ears look like what you see in the photo (on the right).
Many dogs (and cats) suffer from allergies. Skin and ear infections are commonly the result of repeated allergic episodes. The doctor will show you how to clean the ears and prescribe the right medication if signs of an infection are present. Check your dog's (and cat's) ears and look for any signs of disease.
Every good exam includes getting that stethoscope against the chest and listening to the lungs and paying close attention to the heart sounds. Dogs seldom get pneumonia. Much more common are heart rhythm and heart valve problems. The first way to gain information about a dog's (or cat's) heart is to listen. (If your veterinarian seems not to be listening to you while the stethoscope is plugged into his/her ears, don't be insulted!) If any deviation from normal is detected, further workup is a good idea. A cardiac workup usually entails an EKG to assess the electrical activity of the heart and X-rays or an echocardiogram to evaluate the heart's size and shape.
A careful eval
Dr. Lori Cesario, a Board-Certified Veterinary Oncologist, discusses Canine Cancer Academy
Canine Cancer Academy is a wonderful platform for pet owners.
Dr. Lori Cesario is a Board-Certified Veterinary Oncologist currently practicing in Southern California. She is originally from Long Island, New York but is happy to now call California home.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Bioscience from Penn State University. After college, Dr. Cesario worked in a lab at Cornell University developing mouse models of human prostate and mammary cancers, amongst others. She then attended Ross University Veterinary School, with a clinical year at the University of Wisconsin. She completed two one-year internships: a small animal rotating internship at the University of Illinois, followed by an oncology specialty internship at NC State. She then returned to the Midwest for an oncology residency at Michigan State University.
Dr. Cesario is committed to maintaining a high quality of life in patients that are feeling well and improving the lives of patients that are feeling poorly. She uses her expertise to develop tailored treatment plans for each individual patient and family. Her professional interests include electrochemotherapy and histiocytic sarcoma.
Understanding that many families head to the internet after a cancer diagnosis, she wanted to ensure that there were excellent resources there waiting for them. She developed the Dog Cancer Roadmap program so families would have a reliable resource for dog cancer information online. Having a dog diagnosed with cancer is very difficult, and nobody should have to experience it alone.
When she is not at the hospital, Dr. Cesario enjoys hiking, pilates, and plant-based cooking.
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