The pugs of Northern California lost a guardian angel today.
On Tuesday July 19th, 2011 former PROS President and Board Member Gena Austin died peacefully in her home with her husband by her side.
Gena retired for health reasons from her daily rescue responsibilities in May after seven years of dedicated service as PROS President. During Gena’s tenure, PROS became one of the largest Pug Rescues in California. Gena’s unwavering dedication to the cause of pug health and happiness and the many personal sacrifices she had made, were the foundation for the success of our rescue program.
Gena’s smile, understanding and determination have been an inspiration to all of us who are working to make life better for the pugs in our care. She spent countless hours and drove thousands of miles for pugs in need. If there was a way to help a pug she would find a way to do it. She was a rock of support for all of us volunteers when our foster pugs got sick and we needed medical advice, behavior advice or even if they just kept chewing up our shoes and were driving us nuts. We know she touched many lives and her pug experience was valued by many around the country.
Gena we miss you very much. We hope all your pugs are greeting you at the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for inspiring and guiding us. You will forever be in our hearts and we will do our best to continue your legacy.
PROS Pug Rescue was Gena’s passion, to donate in her honor, please click below. Thank you Anne Wilson, Joe & Patricia Danna, Kayla Danna, Anne & Jack Fallin, Linda Parena, Susan & Tom Wollwert, Nadine McAfee & Bruce Moore, John & Laura Kilcorse, Jan & John Grover, Ellen Fritz, Katherine Randolph, Todd Kalk, Linda & Joel Goldman, Winnie Tsou, Tom Bauer & Nilo Ventura, Craig & Sheryl Bacharach, Delmar Orrell, Brooke Castro, Mary Bova, Kathy Bok & Bob Pickel, Rex Winchester & Tony Tiu, Virginia Tiu, Michael & Sandy Canova, Julia Sheller, Suzy Phillips, Dr. Susan West, and Gena’s fellow employees at Kaiser Permanente.