Pug Rescue of Austin
Pug Rescue of Austin is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of abused, neglected and unwanted pugs. They do not discriminate on the basis of health or age.
Their mission is to provide a safe, caring and humane refuge for abandoned pugs and to ensure quality adoptive homes. Pug Rescue of Austin promotes responsible pug ownership through public education about the unique needs of pugs and a mandatory spay/neuter policy.
They are a volunteer based organization with no paid staff. We rely solely on donations and fundraisers to cover the medical expenses of our rescue pugs.
A FEW OF THEIR BOARD MEMBERS
Hanna Cofer became involved with Pug Rescue of Austin through the fostering program back in 2012. Shortly after meeting the team at PRA, she began coordinating events, making flyers, pushing social media, screening applicants, and many of the other hundreds of tasks that the volunteers who run the organization take on every day. After over 2.5 years and over 25 fosters, she joined the Board of Directors in December 2014 to continue and broaden her efforts within the organization. Hanna works in the non-profit world as a communications and events director a local environmental group and has worked in marketing on the side for over 10 years. She is a native Austinite and she and her pug Captain Murphy are regulars at Zilker Park and Barking Springs.
Bryan Wittman has been a member of the Board of Directors of Pug Rescue of Austin since September 2012 and also serves as its Secretary. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School and has been a practicing attorney for more than 20 years. Bryan has volunteered with animal welfare organizations since 1994, often providing pro bono legal services, and has been involved with Pug Rescue of Austin since 2009. Bryan has three senior pug ladies, Salli (14), Anna (12) and Rosie (10).
Jessica Haberer is an accomplished accountant and finance executive. Originally from West Virginia, she moved to Washington, DC after college, where she spent 11 years consulting for both For Profit and Non-Profit organizations. Prior to her current role as a consultant to the oil and gas industry, Jessica was the CFO for two well known national nonprofits head quartered in Washington, D.C. A committed animal welfare advocate, Jessica has successfully helped countless dogs find their forever homes in her volunteer roles for both Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue. Currently, she is the foster mommy to PRA pug Doc, but she has three dogs who have made their furever home with Jessica and her family; Oliver, a miniature dachshund, Luna, an English Bulldog, and Baxter, her goofy, lovable pug.
With a passion for helping animals in need, a keen eye for managing the budgets and operations of nonprofits, and an unyielding sense of integrity, Jessica is proud and excited to help Pug Rescue of Austin achieve its mission, and help committed families find their newest, furry members!
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