What a wonderful idea for a thread! I got both my puggies from a rescue group. If you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area check them out! http://www.dfwpugs.com
They also show pugs available in the Austin and Houston areas.
Not to be mobid, and I know cancer, heart disease, etc. are important...but don't forget charitable donations can be made to ASPCA and other animal shelters in memory of someone. I am going to a funeral today and the gentleman wanted donations, in his memory, made to the MSPCA. Nice idea.
I volunteer for a no-kill cat rescue and placement center in West Michigan. All of the kitties up for adoption are listed on Petfinder. They are all up-to-date on their shots and have been spayed/neutered.
The most amazing thing is that there is a special shelter called Big Sid's which is designated solely for kitties who are FIV and/or FeLV positive. They are placed there and allowed to live there the rest of their lives unless they are lucky enough to be adopted, which does happen.
My boy is FIV+ve, I adopted him from a small London charity that takes on cats with disabilities and chronic health problems from the big charities that would otherwise put them to sleep. FIV is like HIV, and many cats live with it for years with no problems. The sad fact is that the commonest cause of premature death in FIV+ve cats is being euthanised because nobody will give them a home. My boy is one of the sweetest, most affectionate cats you could ever meet, and it breaks my heart thinking of all the others just like him out there who may never find homes, or worse be put to sleep.
please check out this thread it is for dogs (puppies) that are rescued in turks and caicos bahamas and my husband and i are couriers to bring pups to the states for new parents IT IS WONDERFUL and this breed of dog is amazing gorgeous and gentle they are desperate for homes....in the islands they are killed or tortured read the stories!
Pug rescue org for southern-ish states (MD, VA, NC, SC, GA): www.midatlanticpugrescue.org.
They don't turn any pugs away, so sometimes there are some sad cases up for adoption, but they do amazing things. I'm a proud volunteer and adopter!
These dogs are best for VERY experienced large dog owners with fenced property. They bred themselves in the wild from Mastiffs, Greyhounds, and red wolves (red wolves are now extinct) and were domesticated by Indian tribes in Louisiana. They are the state dog of Louisiana. Unfortunately, many people purchase them for their exotic coats and pale blue eyes (some have brown eyes as well) and then find out they have a tornado on their hands. They are NOT labs or goldens with funky coats! If you have experience with dominant, highly intelligent type breeds, they will be the best friend and protector that you could ever find. They are not AKC sanctioned, but are shown in ARBA (American Rare Breed Association).
I volunteered at Best Friends Animal Society last year, and they take the most amazing care of their animals there. So many of them are waiting for great owners who won't neglect them again and who are willing to take them as they are [a lot of them have disabilities/issues]. They go through a thorough process to choose fit owners. They have a variety of animals available for adoption, too!
There's a program on National Geographic about some of the animals there called Dogtown! It's a great show. =]
I'm hoping to adopt from there once I graduate from college.
It was a life-changing experience, and I really hope I can volunteer there again.