|2015 So Far...
PUP has already helped a total of 120 dogs and cats find forever
homes in 2015.
To see our available dogs and cats, click here!
Click here to find out more about how to become a part of this great organization.
PUP 2016 Stars Calendar:
We Want to Make Your Pet a Star!
If you've adopted a dog or cat from PUP, your pet's photo is eligible to be one of our Stars.
What kind of photo? Be creative or send us a favorite photo with a story telling us why your PUP pet is a star in your home.
Why a calendar for our Stars? PUP is committed to finding good homes for homeless, abused, and neglected dogs. Our three biggest expenses are quality medical care, transportation, and food. Our calendar helps cover the rising costs of these expenses.
All past entrants are eligible to be a Pet of the Month or Cover Pet.
1. Submit entry fee of $35 (via check or PayPal - see below) no later than September 11, 2015.
2. All entrants will receive two calendars.
3. Upon receipt of entry fee, photo and story instructions will be forwarded to you.
4. If you mail a check, please include your email address to receive photo and story instructions. Photos are due by September 11, 2015.
5. If you don't want to send a photo and want to support PUP, you can click the PayPal link or mail a check to the PUP address below to make a donation.
PO Box 1691
Issaquah, WA 98027
A Note from Laura Tonkin,
It started with a phone call from one of our volunteers, Miriam, asking if we’d pull a dog out of Texas. We’ve been hearing for years how Texas is really hurting with the overpopulation issue. The Texas shelters are euthanizing large numbers of animals every day. Logistically, we had many questions. How would we pull the animals, get them tested, vaccinated, and vetted with their required health certificate? Where would we put them all until the transport’s scheduled departure date? And how would we get them to Washington State?
I called Kim, founder of Rockey’s Rescue, and asked if she’d like to join PUP in this transport. If we were going to pull from Texas, we weren’t just going to pull one dog. We were going to pull many. With Kim on board and our fosters at the ready to sign up to foster each animal we pulled, we began the heartbreaking task of deciding who we would be saving from the two Texas shelters, Garland and Mesquite, and who we would have to leave behind.
We don’t know the exact number of Texas rescuers who helped us with this endeavor, but there were many. They saw what was happening in their shelters every day, and knew they needed to help. They were pulling animals from the shelters, getting them to the vets, opening up their homes to foster them, and then getting them to the transport van to be moved home to Washington—all within 10 days.
During our work in Texas, we learned that one of the shelters we worked with didn’t have to euthanize any animals on July 27th and 28th due to our combined efforts. Still thinking about that brings tears to my eyes. Not only for those we saved, but also knowing it was only 2 days out of 365.
A heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in the saving of so many lives…
Letters from Our Readers:
A Happy Tail for Hailie!
We recently received this update from Hailie's adopter:
"We adopted Hailie from PUP. She has been a part of our family since Day 1. Wanted to let you know that she is doing great and we love her very much!--- Michelle, Wes and Sophie (Hailie's bestie)"
Bocce's Happy Tail!
"All's well with Mr. Bocce and our family! He is such a joy. We couldn't love him more if we tried!!! Bocce has won our hearts over. He has such a wonderful personality and all he wants is to love and please us! Thank you again Laura for giving us a chance to "parent" Bocce! We are so happy to have him. Love to you & PUP --- Alex & Sandi”
Andy's Happy Tail!
"Andy (previously Owen) has blossomed into the perfect family member for us. While he still has a bit of separation anxiety, it is quite manageable and does not cause him the troubles it used to. We rarely have a potty accident. He is still not a big fan of the crate but sleeps quietly in there nightly and begrudgingly tolerates it when placed in the crate when we have to leave him. He survived his first time away from home, has been enjoying family outings like movies in the park and frequent trips to Home Depot. His favorite activities include gathering random small objects from the floor, chasing balls, following his big brother around and napping with his people.
I think what has helped the most is making a conscious effort daily to make Andy have more independent time. It would be easy to let him sit on your lap or right next to you all the time because he is so darn cute, but we encourage him to do things on his own so that we do not make ourselves his world. We are still definitely the center of his world, but not his only world. We also insist that he stays in his crate at night despite us wanting him to sleep in our bed. We notice on nights when we have forgotten to put him in his crate that his behavior the next day is even more needy. If he ever shows possessive behavior over one of us he is immediately placed on the ground and what ever he is trying to keep away from us is then placed right next to us (usually the other dog) and he is shown that his behavior is not going to produce the results he wants, it just produces him being on the ground and being ignored. When we come home he does not receive any pets or love until he is calmly sitting. He still jumps up-and-down and gets so excited when we get home but he is learning to calm himself down so that he can get pets. :) Thank you again for bringing him into our lives!"