Dog rescue group hosting Pugs and Pumpkins

Pugs and Pumpkins being held October 27th

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Cute dogs, music, games, food and helping a good cause. What more could you ask for?

That’s what you can expect at Pugs and Pumpkins, which is being held Saturday, October 27th, at Oak Mountain State Park Fishing Center.

Besides a lot of pug love, there will be costume contest, silent auction, and a pie eating contest. A veterinarian will also be there, offering information on caring for senior pets. All the money raised will benefit Alabama Pug Rescue . Pam Strange started the organization 20 years ago after fostering a pug.

Pam Strange, founder of Alabama Pug Rescue.
Pam Strange, founder of Alabama Pug Rescue. (Source: Kenneth Smith/WBRC)

“I fell in love with him, but he was very un-pug like, and it caused me to research the breed and learn more about it,” said Strange. “I became in love with the breed and decided to start a rescue organization.”

Since then, Strange said more than a thousand pugs have been placed in homes. Earlier this year, the group had to reduce intake of the dogs because of a lack of foster homes.

“We are still here to care for the dogs that are currently in foster care,” explained Strange. “The money raised will go toward them, as well as community outreach programs.”

The organization is currently caring for more than ten dogs in foster care. Strange calls them the unadoptables. She said many are deaf, blind or have severe arthritis.

“Most of them have been with us for several years,” continued Strange. "No matter what they need, we’ll make sure they have it. "

According to Strange, pugs are nicknamed God’s little chuckles.

“You just never meet a pug you don’t like,” said Strange.

Strange said that’s why the organization is proud of their rescues that are now therapy dogs, going into area hospitals and schools to share their love.

“It just shows what the breed is about,” explained Strange. “They are loving to everyone they meet.”

Strange says Pugs and Pumpkins is open to all dogs that are well-behaved and leashed. If you are interested in going, you can find more information on Alabama Pug Rescue’s website.

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