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Who we are
Pound Puppy Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2001. We rescue approximately 400 puppies every year. We are a completely volunteer run organization whose purpose is to keep puppies out of overcrowded shelters where they are at risk for disease and euthanasia. Puppies are fostered in volunteer foster homes where we can keep the puppies healthy, socialized, and in their litter until they are old enough to be placed in permanent, loving homes. All the puppies we rescue come to us looking for love and a "forever" home. Our hope is that all puppies placed through our organization will never experience being homeless or unloved again.
Thank you for considering adopting a rescue puppy!
The Cupertino Gunman & Choco the Hero Dog
A PPR exclusive 1st person account of the events on Oct. 6th, 2011.
I used to always joke that my little aussie/chow mutt, Choco, was a super bratty dog who has fear aggression
with other dogs, sheds tumbleweeds everyday, has bitten me twice, is aloof with people, and the only reason
we keep her around is because she's cute with her wiggly chow pom pom tail. Well, I'll still make those jokes
but she gets one more qualifier added to her description - she's my forever hero.
On October 6th, I was grabbing a printout from my printer at home around 7:30am in the morning when Choco
barked from her normal lookout perch in the bay window of my living room. Usually, I'd just ignore
her or tell her to shush and not wake the baby but curiosity over came me since the day before we had the SWAT
team combing our neighborhood for the gunman from the Cupertino quarry shootings and carjacking shooting across
the street. As I peered out the window expecting a cat or squirrel to be the object of her intent, I spotted
the gunman crouched hiding between my 2 cars on the driveway. Luckily 2 sheriff deputy cars were also coming
down the street at the very same moment so I jumped up and down, pointed like I was on the tarmac, and did my best
to flag them down in hopes they would see him. I frantically ran to the bedroom to wake my husband and as I was looking
for my other dog, the loud shots rang out. My husband, baby, 2 dogs and I huddled in our bathroom and a few minutes
later the cops escorted us out. Shereef Allman lay dead on our driveway, 20-30 bullets riddled our cars, garage door, and walls.
He had been hiding in our neighborhood the entire night and somehow managed to elude the police patrols, helicopters,
door to door swat team, and mulitple search dogs. But he didn't elude Choco! Our guess is that he was waiting for people to leave for work in
the morning in hopes of getting a car so he could escape the area. I may easily have been that target as I was probably 10
minutes from leaving the house for work if not for Choco's instinctive bark.
I know we can't quantify the comfort of having a dog, from loyally greetings when we get home, to the sense of security they
bring to ease our minds. While I'm saddened by the loss of life that happened that fateful day, I know there were many
other outcomes which could have been much worse for me and others if not for my litte hero rescue dog. Hug your furry
ones for me and don't get too annoyed when they bark at the mailman or your friends coming to the door. They're just
doing their jobs and you never know when one day, like me, you'll be so grateful they did.
-Charlin, PPR Board Member
UPDATE: Sugar has a new home!
Thank you to everyone who donated to her cause!
How It Works: (please read our FAQ's for details)
- Shelters call us when they have puppies that need to be rescued.
- We transport the puppies from the shelters to our volunteer foster homes.
- Our fosters care for the puppies until they are 8 weeks old.
- We post the pictures of the puppies online and schedule an adoption event.
- You see a puppy you're interested in and fill out an application online!
- You come to our next event and talk with an adoption counselor.
- We select the best homes for puppies based on several criteria.
- We spay/neuter, vaccinate, and deworm all the puppies.
- We do home checks on all our adopters to ensure the safety of the puppies.
- We do a jump start training session and the puppies go home once they are 8 weeks old.
Recommended reading prior to adopting: