DEL MAR — Pugs pushed in strollers, sporting panchos and performing tricks were just a few of the sights at the 22nd annual Pug Party held May 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
With a super heroes theme, the event, hosted by Pug Rescue of San Diego, also featured canine costumes that included Wonder Pug, Spider Pug and the Super Fabulous Pug Duo, wearing matching red capes complete with sequins and boas.
“It’s fun to be around other pugs,” Temecula resident Andrea Albright, a first-time attendee, said.
The Pug Party is the organization’s biggest fundraiser and the largest gathering of pugs on the West Coast.
Prizes were awarded in wet T-shirt, cupcake chomp-eating and most distinguished senior pug contests. New this year was a talent showcase.
The event also included a shopping boutique with pug-friendly vendors, a raffle for more than 20 gift baskets, manicures and eye and dental exams.
Proceeds support Pug Rescue’s mission to rescue abandoned or neglected pugs, ensure they receive needed medical attention and place them in permanent, loving homes. Several pugs were available for adoption.
Funds also help the organization provide medical care and comfort to pugs in foster care until they are adopted. Pug Rescue receives more than 100 dogs annually and has cared for about 2,400 of the animals since 1991.
Most recently, Pug Rescue took in 13-month-old Pablo, who needed to have a portion of his lung removed. The surgery was $4,000.
To adopt a pug, volunteer or learn more about Pug Rescue of San Diego County, visit pugbutts.com or call (619) 685-3580.