SAN DIEGO – April 5, 2010 – Pug Rescue of San Diego County, an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing unwanted, neglected, abandoned and relinquished Pugs, will host its 19th Annual Pug Party on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Infield Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Approximately 500 to 600 Pugs are expected to attend, as well as several Pugs that will be available for adoption. This event is one of the largest gatherings on the West Coast to celebrate the Pug breed and to celebrate Pugs in need.
This year’s theme is ‘Pugs Around the World,’ where Pugs and their Parents are encouraged to wear costumes and regalia representing their favorite country or to honor their heritage. Organizers are expecting some of the most creative costumes this year-Pugs in kimonos, kilts or lederhosen, perhaps?
The annual event also boasts a shopping boutique with Pug-friendly vendors from throughout San Diego County and Southern California, and even as far as Colorado. Popular contests for Pugs and their parents will be held throughout the day such as costumed-themed competitions, the Wet T-Shirt Contest, the Cupcake Chomp, and the recognition of the Most Distinguished Senior Pug. There will also be a raffle of more than 20 beautiful baskets with gifts and unique items any recipient would love. Your Pug may even enjoy a ride around the event on Pug Rescue’s own gondola!
Pug-friendly services are also available throughout the day, such as Pet-icures provided by Kim Burger of Shampooch, Pug massages by Anastasia Lang of Relaxing Rex Canine Massage, Blueberry Facials by Lisa McCormick of Fido & Co., and more. There will be an “Ask the Vet” session to address Pug-specific concerns and one-on-one conversations. A professional photographer will provide portraits, a feature many Pug parents look forward to year after year. Vendors are welcome and an application to sell products and services are on the organization’s Web site, www.pugsandiego.com.
Admission is only $10 for adults, and only $5 for children 10 and under. Proceeds benefit Pug Rescue of San Diego County. Guests interested in adopting a Pug from the organization are encouraged to fill out an application in advance. Volunteers are also needed. For all details, applications, and photos of available Pugs, please visit www.pugsandiego.com or call 619-685-3580.
In 2009, volunteers from Pug Rescue took in 152 Pugs, a drastic 26% increase from last year. The economic recession and home foreclosures have forced many owners to give up their dogs, turning to the Pug Rescue for help. According to the organization, nine out of 10 Pugs who enter Pug Rescue of San Diego County need some sort of medical attention in one way or another. Relinquished Pugs live in foster care until their forever home is found. Funds raised from the fundraiser will help the organization continue to provide medical intervention and comfort in foster care to the Pugs relinquished to Pug Rescue of San Diego County.
Learn more about Pug Rescue of San Diego County, an all-volunteer organization, at www.pugsandiego.com or call 619-685-3580. Join other San Diego Pugs online on Twitter (@pugsandiego) and Facebook.