2nd Annual “YARD SALE” May 3rd & May 10th

PugSale_R1b Time to clean out those drawers and closets for our 2nd Annual Yard Sale on Saturday May 3rd in Santa Cruz and in Bakersfield and on May 10th in Oceano and Carpinteria! 8:00 – 12:00

We will be serving Coffee and Goodies, so come on down and buy something for yourself and support pug rescue at the same time! 100% of the proceeds go to the medical costs of the pugs in our care. Host locations listed below, See you there!

May 3rd

Bakersfield~ 123 Bedford Way  Contact : Sandy Forst. email: scandles321@gmail.com
Santa Cruz ~ 119 Carbonera Court  Contact: Eileen Sullivan, email : sullivan3j@msn.com

May 10th

Carpinteria~4192 Via Marcina, Contact : Cyndi Connolly email: cynconno@aol.com
Oceano ~ 1189 Pike Lane, Contact: Deborah Hansen, email: deby@helppugs.com

**If you are interested in donating towards our event or would like to become a host location, Please email: Deborah
at deby@helppugs.com ( Gently used items only please )

Goodbye to a beloved pair, “Buddy & Guy”

Buddy and Guy for Website

We say farewell to our beloved friends, “Buddy & Guy” These two gents came into our care back in the summer of 2010. Buddy crossed the Rainbow Bridge on December 23, 2013 an Old Guy has joined his dear friend, “Buddy” once again, over the Rainbow Bridge. He is buried in our backyard along with Buddy’s ashes and they are growing a tree.

Writing this, I cannot help but think about the enormous impact these two curmudgeons have had on my life and the people they have touched because of their story. I will be ever grateful to these two old pug angels for extending their paws to so many people that are now dear friends. Kate Anber, Lisa Smith and the late, great Gena Austin are just a few of the very special friendships I have made and cherish because of Buddy and Guy.

Some of you may remember Buddy and Guy as a courtesy listing on Pug Rescue of San Diego’s Website. At that time, CCPR did not exist. After a few short weeks, we knew it would have to take a very special person to pry these two out of our arms. In May of 2011, Buddy and Guy attended Central Coast Pug Rescue’s first public event at invitation to PRSD’s, May Party and the dynamic duo were representing in their own wagon. If you were lucky to meet them, you got a sticker that said “ I met Buddy and Guy!”

Buddy and Guy are the true mascots of Central Coast Pug Rescue. They were the driving force behind the beginning of Central Coast Pug Rescue back in March of 2011. This month marks our third year in rescue. We have rescued and rehomed over 300 pugs since that time. A long term goal for our organization is to have our own facility / pug retirement home where we will celebrate their memory. Those of us in rescue know the challenge to find forever homes for the senior and special needs pugs. But we also know, how very special these pugs are and the unique way they crawl into your heart.

Join me in sending Buddy and Guy a loving Pug Hug for opening the door to so many pugs that have followed them into the loving embrace of Central Coast Pug Rescue.

Deborah Hansen (Executive Director)

Goodbye to another pug angel…


Forever in our hearts sweet Annie…

Annie came into our care , a very sick little girl. She suffered from a massive bladder stone that had been left in her body for too long.  She originated from Sunnyvale, in Northern California.  She was not responding to fluids, antibiotics after 3 days in an ER in Capitola. Again, like Duke from last week – her tired, sick body was fighting something more (besides the huge bladder stone)

She was not dealt a loving hand in life, having been left behind at a doggy hotel in northern california and shuffled from home to home after that. It was apparent, Annie did not receive proper care, her nails were overgrown into the pads of her feet. Again, had she been taken to the dogtor at the first sign of illness, she would have stood a chance.

Our organization is small but our hearts are big… and made bigger with the support of our loving, caring supporters. We want to extend a pug hug for your loving comments and prayers. Little Orphan Annie is an orphan no more, but running free and at peace Pug Hugs

Always in our hearts, running free dear Duke..


We got the call this morning at 6 am that Duke took a turn for the worse. His liver was failing from lack of blood sugar from much needed insulin for months in his short life. Normal levels are between 80-120 and his dipped down to 30 overnight. When he first came in, the reading was at 540. His liver enzymes were dangerously elevated over 1000 and he was turning yellow. The ER doctors in Turlock were trying everything, but the damage was already done and we gave up the fight. We made the decision to let him cross the bridge.

We wish we could have got to him sooner, like little Bug that is in our care. He too is diabetic. His owners were not regulating his blood sugar properly and it took some time to stabilize, but he is now doing great. It is an easy condition to treat. Just takes some time, due diligence and loving care.

We would like to Thank everyone for the outpouring of support from your donations, prayers and well wishes. We await the final bill, but as of yesterday we were well over $2000. We took in $810 and every dime of that will go directly to Duke’s benefit.

What we would like to leave here as a thought, in Duke’s name would be to not remain quiet when you see that dog at the dog park or in someone’s care that is not being properly cared for. Let them know they should take their furry loved one into the vet before its too late. Let them know there are low cost options and its their responsibility when you take on a pet. It is a confrontative stance and many think its none of our business, but wouldn’t it be nice if there was no need for “rescue” if everyone had the same level of commitment that we all do? Together, we need to continue to be their voice. Thanks for being part of our mission and being the voice… Pug Hugs Run Free and Happy Dear Duke!

Duke is very sick and needs our help!


Please Help Duke!
Central Coast Pug Rescue was contacted by an ER Vet in Turlock to help a pug in need. Duke was brought in by his owners to be euthanized because he was very, very sick. Duke has diabetes, an easily managed condition but Duke’s owners never gave him the daily shots of insulin required to regulate his blood sugar. Because his condition was not managed, he now has pancreatitis, diabetic ketoacidosis (liver failure) and was facing death. Duke requires fluids to restore the balance in his liver, replace electrolytes, nutrition, fluids, antibiotics and round the clock testing, every two hours. Our estimate is over $2500 for the first three days of treatment but we are told his recovery in the hospital will take much longer. We are committed to rally for Duke on this long road ahead.

And we need your help! Let’s all rally for Duke!

An account at the vet hospital has been set up in Duke’s name. If you can spare even a few dollars toward his care, please contact : Taylor ER Veterinary Emergency (209) 669-8600, mention “Duke” or hit the Donate button on our facebook page or website. This is an ER Hospital and very expensive. He is the second pug we have taken in this year with diabetes. Every single dollar makes the difference in the life of a precious pug, Duke deserves the chance he was never given and that time is now! 


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