Our Team

Founder/Public Relations DirectorFred Campos

Fred became obsessed with pugs before starting elementary school when he would visit his grandmother and play with her pugs.  His first pug, Pugsley, (Sluggo) was the inspiration to start DFW Pug Rescue.

He started DFW Pug Rescue Club in 1996 but the club did not “takeoff” until he appeared on TV in 1997 with his pug, Pugsley, dressed as “Pug-a-ham Lincoln with a beard, top hat, and bow tie to promote the first Pug-O-Ween to raise funds for veterinary care.

Fred was the first ultimate foster failure.  The first rescue pugs that came into his house decided to adopt him and immediately he was a 6-time foster failure. It took approximately 10 months before the first foster volunteer was recruited to save Fred from the “foster failure syndrome.”

Fred is a United States Marine Corps veteran and enjoyed a career selling IBM software to corporations.

Watching DFWPRC grow over the past 26+ has been a joy and DFWPRC is blessed to have so many dedicated volunteers.

Adoption Director – Jan Jones

Jan retired from the HR field in June, 2011. Her good friend, Patti Kidd, made her aware of DFWPRC in August, 2011 when she asked Jan to go with her to get two pugs from an owner in Ft. Worth that had them for sale on Craigslist. She had already contacted DFWPRC to see if they could take them and got them to the group. Jan began as a transport volunteer with DFW Pug Rescue in early 2012, and took over some administrative duties as well. At the time, she had 3 dogs and 2 cats, all rescues, but none of them were a pug.

She didn’t volunteer to foster originally because she was afraid she’d cave in and knew that she had plenty of pets to love and care for at the time. However, when DFWPRC brought in 37 pugs in March, 2013, Jan volunteered to simply help keep the cages cleaned out, and change out food and water, BUT, this one little pug kept watching her every time she walked by, and the rest is “history”. DFWPRC didn’t have enough fosters at the time, so she volunteered to foster Shania until she was released from medical hold, but when that time came, Jan knew Shania had chosen her and was already home!

In 2020, Jan foster-failed again and adopted Butterfly.

Finance DirectorKarolyn Gorham

Karolyn’s obsession with pugs began in 1997 when she got “Charley” for Christmas. Earlier that year her husband forgot her April birthday and was so upset with himself that he decided to spend the remainder of the year making it up to her. She has recieved a lot of spectacular gifts, fun trips and outings but the ultimate gift was Charley. The moment Ken walked into the house with him and Charley raised his clunky head and looked at her with his adorable face, she was smitten – total obsessive love! When Charley was a year and half old they decided he needed a pug
playmate and they found DFW Pug Rescue. They adopted Rocky (Dougie) and Karolyn made the decision that she would volunteer for the group after she retired. That became a reality in 2007. Meanwhile, Rocky had died at 12 years old and Karolyn rescued Miss Tootie on her own.

In 2007 she began transporting and fostering, went from two pugs to six and became the group’s President in 2009. After a couple of years, the decision was made to expand the board and Karolyn became the Financial Director.

Over the years Karolyn and her husband have fostered a lot of fascinating, wonderful pugs. There were sad times when Charley died at 16, Shasta at 14, Mighty Max at 14 and Miss Tootie at 13 but they were blessed by their time with them. Karolyn currently lives in Plano with her husband and two pugs, Crickett (10), Lola (12) and Ozzy (11) our mini Schnauzer.

Foster Director & Operations – Crissy Mondragon

Crissy found DFW Pug Rescue in 2013 when both she and her husband decided that their young pug boy needed a playmate. Crissy’s husband had always wanted a pug and they found their first in Stephenville, 2010 and have
been smitten ever since! Their sweet pug angel turned out to be very particular about his new playmate which led to the abandonment of adopting another. Soon after, a Director called to ask about doing a few home visits and that led to assisting with foster application processing, foster team leading, transporting, to being Foster Director and now Operations Director.

After volunteering to pick up a pug near Lubbock and agreeing to keep over the weekend the search for a playmate was over and a new family member was adopted! Picky pug boy shared his toys and had found a new snuggle buddy.

In her free time she can be found in her greenhouse/garden, firing up the kiln for ceramics and of course playing with her furry critters.

Volunteering for DFW Pug Rescue and watching rescued pugs blossom is a great feeling along with witnessing the teamwork and friendships that result from everyone coming together with the same goal is as good as it gets!

Medical Director – Susan Chapman

Susan Chapman has been with DFW Pug Rescue over 15 years. She started rescue as a foster parent but after 2 foster failures her husband told her to find another role!  She has served in several positions in our rescue.  The first being Foster Director, and currently, she works as our Medical Director and Adoption Counselor.  Before coming to DFW Pug Rescue, Susan worked as an Adoption Coounselor with the SPCA.

When Susan’s oldest daughter got a pug, she was smitten. She got one of her own and then another…she was hooked! After attending her first Pug-O-Ween she took a step to volunteer.

If you talk to Susan during the week day hours you will probably hear children in the background.  She watches her young grand-daughters daily.  Susan and her huaband Mike have had 6 pugs in the past years, 4 being from DFW Pug Rescue.  They currently share their home with two dogs; Rocco, a pug mix and DFW Pug Rescue alum, and their rescued French Bulldog Gabby.

DFW Pug Rescue is more than a volunteer opportunity for Susan, it’s a passion. To help these wonderful creatures get a second chance at life is so worth it!

Transportation / Owner Surrender / Intake  Director – Judith Wells

Judith and her husband, Gary, discovered DFW Pug Rescue after they found an elderly pug dumped in their front yard one cold winter morning before Thanksgiving about 10 years ago. Although, they posted notices in their neighborhood and checked with DFW Pug Rescue, they could not find the pug’s owner. After a matter of days, Judith and her husband were hooked. They loved Weezie and the rest is history. When they decided
to get a second pug, they immediately turned to DFW Pug Rescue. It wasn’t long after adopting their beloved Ranger that they became volunteers and then soon followed as foster failures. Judith and her husband, Gary, love giving pugs a second chance at a wonderful life.

They do so in loving memory of their first pug – Weezie.

Volunteer Coordinator – Michelle Threadgill

Michelle is the Volunteer Coordinator for DFW Pug Rescue Club. She started volunteering in dog rescue seven years ago as a transport coordinator. She and her husband, David and her mother, Linda started fostering for DFW Pug Rescue in the summer of 2017. She has one foster fail, Molly along with her Brussels Griffon brother Abraham.

Michelle and family have lived in Garland for the last 30+ years. She is the mother of three sons and four grandchildren.

Social Media Coordinator – Chloe Stewart

Chloe and her family adopted their first pug, Maxine, in 2011. It is no surprise that soon after, she became totally pug obsessed! Since then, between her and her family, they have adopted in 4 more pugs, two of which have been special needs!

Aside from being a pug mom, Chloe also has a border collie mix as well as a rescue rabbit who will be 10 years old this year. She says she thinks she has one of the biggest pug collections in Texas, which takes up a whole room in her house (I’m sure a few of you can challenge this)!

When she is not doing all things pug related, she is working on her small business (which no surprise, is mostly based around pugs). One day when she grows up, her life goal is to purchase a lot of land, and start a forever home for senior and special needs shelter dogs to live out the rest of their days!

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Adoptions PR Coordinator – Gina Logue

Gina got her first pug, Chelsea, as a puppy in 1998. Although Chelsea was purchased as a puppy for her by her mother, she was the reason Gina became obsessed with pugs and she eventually led her to DFW Pug Rescue.

In 2015, she took Chelsea to their first ever rescue event… Pug-a-Palooza! Gina had never been to anything like that before but she knew right away that she had found her “people”.

After Chelsea passed away at the ripe old age of 18, Gina started with transports to get her “pug fix”. Eventually, she decided she was ready to foster… and in less that one week she had her first “foster fail” in her senior foster Prancer! Prancer lived out his golden years with Gina and her husband, being as spoiled as any pug you’ve ever met.

Social Media Coordinator – Suzy Aveytia

Suzy fell in love with pugs at first sight when her family adopted their first pug in 2015, Sir Pugsley, who speaks when no one is listening and can search for hidden treats! Since then, Suzy has loved pugs and joined DFW Pug Rescue with the hope of helping as many pugs as she can.

Now Suzy is a mom of three pugs! In 2018 Suzy and her fiancé adopted their first pug together Perrie, who is smart and very stubborn and likes things to always go her way. Two years later they adopted Draco, a fearless pug who enjoys affection and does whatever Perrie is doing. Their favorite hobbies include sleeping and playing all day long! They also love to go to pug events and socialize with all the pups.

Donation Coordinator – Bertha Santellano

Bertha has loved Pugs from the time she was a teenager and loves their sweet squishy faces and bodies. She got her first pug, Squish, in 1991 and soon Blackie and Squash joined the pack. She enjoys her pug’s personalities and enjoys raising them along with her three kiddos. She also adopted a couple of mixes that needed homes, a beagle mix given to her family by a friend and a cocker mix surrendered by her stylist. 

Bertha started following the DFW Pug Rescue Club shortly after moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2011. Due to her work commitments, she was unable to volunteer but now her current job allows her more time and freedom to volunteer. She volunteered in May 2022 to transport, and foster, and became one of the donation coordinators. 

She and her spouse Vaughn also adopted a sweet little angel Alice, who earned her wings too soon. Alice melted her heart and blessed her family with a wonderful beginning to this adventure. 

Bertha’s day job is in supply chain management, and in her spare time, she enjoys art, hiking, climbing, and riding with her kiddos, grand kiddos, and fur kiddos. She looks forward to continuing to be a part of the rescue club and adopting, once again.

Calendar Coordinator – Sarah Hantak

Sarah has loved pugs for as long as she can remember, but didn’t get her first pug, Madam, until 2020.  One day she hopes to have a full grumble.

She recently found DFW Pug Rescue and wanted to get involved in any way that she could, eventually taking on the job as Calendar Coordinator.  She instantly felt at home in the community and loves working with pug-lovers like herself.

She hasn’t adopted or fostered from the rescue yet, but only because she has to convince her boyfriend first!  Her dream is that one day, she can take in and provide a safe haven for elderly and special needs pugs.

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About DFWPRC

dfwprc_sidebar_aboutlogoDFW Pug Rescue Club, Inc., (DFWPRC) was founded in early 1996 and Incorporated in July 1997 as a charitable, non-profit corporation for the rescue, care, and placement of unwanted, mistreated, or homeless pugs.  DFWPRC is one of the largest pug rescue organizations in the United States and has rescued and placed thousands of pugs. We rescue all purebred pugs regardless of age or medical condition.   At least 90% of our annual expenses are for veterinary care.

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