In April, 2014 Southeast Pug Rescue and Adoption (SEPRA) announced that they were closing their doors after 20 years of service to approximately 2000 dogs.
From the SEPRA Board, April, 2014
Rescue: To save someone or something from danger or harm
That has been the credo of Southeast Pug Rescue and Adoption for the past 20 or so years. Our “something” has been Pugs and Pug mixes needing “rescue and adoption” in the Southeast US. Brenda, the President of SEPRA, had a vision for what the organization could be when she took over a fledgling rescue organization 17 years ago, incorporated, created a 501c3, and expanded to cover 7 states. Over the past 17 years, we have gone from adopting 20 dogs a year to consistently placing 150-200 annually–that equates to nearly 2000 dogs!
Leading a rescue organization is more than a full-time job with the highs and lows of a roller coaster. We all love SEPRA, but the Board of Southeast Pug Rescue has decided, with heavy hearts, that we cannot continue. We (the board and coordinators) all have full-time jobs which along with the massive amount of time devoted to SEPRA are at the point of feeling drained and spent. Even with all of our wonderful support we get from our foster homes, intake coordinators and our fantastic adoption coordinators, it is time for others to take up the mantle of Pug Rescue – sometimes one door must close in order for a new one to open.
While this is a sad time for the organization, we all can relish in the memory of helping so many dogs over the years; the sick, the discarded, the old, the broken, all who found their forever homes, through the efforts of the SEPRA volunteers and foster homes who embraced the challenge.
We will not be closing SEPRA overnight. We still have many Pugs that need to find their forever homes. We will, however, not be taking in any new dogs; therefore, we will work with other rescue organizations to facilitate surrenders.
As we work our way through this transition, we want to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have adopted from, and supported SEPRA. We need to celebrate the joy we have all felt providing all of these Pugs and Pug Mixes a brand new life, placing them with people who loved them endlessly!
We are dedicated to continue to ensure that the dogs in foster care get the medical attention they need, and we are committed to taking care of the needs of the Hospice Pugs for their entire lives. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your generosity.
As we work our way through the next few months, we will let you know how things are transitioning. This is a very difficult decision, and it has not been an easy one to make, but it is time.
Cindy Gagnon, Brenda Megel and Deanna Miller
SEPRA was kind enough to transfer their website domain name, rescuepug.com to Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue, Inc.
On November 20, 2015 https://www.rescuepug.com became the virtual home of Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue.
The team at Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue are honored to take on the domain name and will work hard to meet the high standards set by SEPRA.