Pup Squad was founded in 2008 by four former volunteers from BARC, the City of Houston Animal Control facility. One of the most distressing things about volunteering at BARC was seeing the plight of the puppies and mother dogs. Boxes of puppies would be brought to the shelter because their owners didn’t have the time or resources to care for them or find them homes. Moms with litters would be picked up from the streets by animal control and brought in on almost a daily basis. But these puppies had little chance of survival once they entered the shelter and it was so sad to see litter after litter of pups getting sick, dying at BARC or having to be euthanized. This was not because they were unwanted... people want to adopt pups! It's because these young puppies simply cannot survive in a shelter environment.
Deadly airborne diseases, to which they have no immunity, are everywhere. Even if the pups are old enough for one vaccination, that's just not enough to protect them. Then there are the pregnant and mother dogs, who are almost always euthanized. After seeing this heartbreaking situation over and over, the Pup Squad founders turned to each other and said, "There's got to be a better way." And so, Pup Squad Animal Rescue was born.
The goal of our rescue group is to save as many puppies and nursing litters as we can from life on the streets BEFORE they enter the shelters. We also work with BARC, and other area shelters, to rescue litters QUICKLY, before they are exposed to the diseases in the shelter environment. And we pledge never to leave a momma dog behind. They work so hard to protect their pups, no matter how tough of a situation they are in, and they deserve our love and care every bit as much as their sweet babies.