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Pug Rescue of Austin is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue, healthcare and placement of abused, neglected and unwanted pugs.

We do not discriminate on the basis of health or age. Our mission is to provide a safe, caring and humane refuge for abandoned pugs and to ensure quality adoptive homes. We promote responsible pug ownership through a mandatory spay/neuter policy and public education about the unique needs of pugs.

Timeline

  • Certificate of Formation
    Filed with the Secretary of State of the State of Texas on July 1, 2009
  • Bylaws
    Amended and restated on April 1, 2014
  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
    Determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service regarding our Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • 2013 Tax Return
    Our most recent tax return

Our Board Members

Hanna Cofer – President

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 been working 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.

Pug Rescue of Austin President Hanna Cofer with her pug Captain Murphy

Bryan Wittman – Board Member

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).

Bryan Wittman with his two children and three pugs

Liz Farrington – Board Member

Liz Farrington has been volunteering with Pug Rescue of Austin since 2013. She started by managing the Twitter account, co-writing the E-Newsletter, and fostering. She then moved into grant writing and other fundraising, and became a Board member in April 2014. She currently serves as Vice President and marketing and public relations coordinator. Liz previously served as a foster liaison and Media Coordinator for Rocket Dog Rescue in San Francisco, CA, from which she adopted her first black pug, Brutus – the pug that started it all! When she’s not saving animals, her day job is in sales for an international publishing company. Liz loves working within the PRA family and is so thankful that her volunteer work led her to her foster failure, the puglebrity Marta!

Liz Farrington in a field with her two pugs

Jessica Haberer – Board Member

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!

Headshot of Jessica Haberer

Trina Eilers – Board Member

Trina Eilers joined the PRA board in 2016 but has been passionately serving as the rescue intake coordinator as well.

Headshot of Trina Eilers