Pug Hugs is a volunteer-led organization. We have no paid employees. Every time a pug comes in, it has to be vetted and housed, evaluated and, hopefully, placed. Every single one of the volunteers has a day job, a family, and outside obligations. We have the often-thankless task of loving the unlovable, fixing the broken, and easing the suffering of the hopeless. The decisions we have to make rob us of sleep; the evil and apathy we encounter almost daily haunt our dreams.
At least 90% of the pugs we get into rescue are older, have serious health or behavioral problems, or all three. These are the pugs that are hard to place, that we are blessed to have patient fosters who can keep them for as long as it takes. So for the 10% we get that are younger and are healthy, we will get many – dozens and sometimes hundreds – of applications. It is the task of these volunteers, from the intake person to the foster coordinator to the foster family, to go through these applications to find the best candidate. Out of these applications, there will always be many people who would be amazing, incredible new owners. However, we can only pick one.
Our advice to those seeking to adopt a pug from Pug Hugs, or any rescue:
1) Do not expect to be contacted if you are not chosen. We get a lot of applicants, and we do not wish to overburden our volunteers with contacting those who unfortunately were not the lucky ones this time.
2) PLEASE do not be offended if you are not chosen. Remember, for young dogs there will be dozens of applicants, most of which would provide great forever homes. For every one family chosen, however, there will be many who are disappointed. This is not a rejection, but simply a matter of math – there’s only one dog, but dozens who want it, and not everyone can be made happy. And extra advice for those who are disappointed: angry emails, bitter Facebook rants and nasty phone calls are not an effective strategy for being considered for future adoption.
3) Do not contact us about friends or relatives who may be interested. If the person is truly interested in adopting a pug, he or she needs to fill out an application.
4) Do not expect preferential treatment. There are no shortcuts, and no one should expect privileged treatment because they’ve worked with pug rescue, have adopted a pug, or for any other reason.
5) Don’t rule out an older dog. Pugs live a long time, 15 years and older, but yet so many dogs are dismissed as senior at age 7, totally disregarding the long years it still has left. These “experienced” pugs have much love to give, without the frantic hyperactivity and naughty behavior common in younger dogs.
6) Do consider a dog who has health or behavioral issues. While a pug with problems is certainly going to require more time and effort on a new owner’s part, the profound satisfaction gained from helping a dog that many would turn their back on is truly amazing.
And, if you truly must have a younger dog who is healthy and problem-free and aren’t willing to wait,
7) Visit your local animal shelter. You will likely not get a purebred pug, but thousands of perfectly healthy puppies and young dogs are euthanized every year because there are simply not enough homes to go around.
We are not heroes or crusaders. We don’t do pug rescue to be applauded. We do it because we must. We are grateful for our followers, volunteers and donors; you make our work possible – without you, there would be no Pug Hugs, and are thankful for your support. God bless you all, and all our furry friends.
The Volunteers of Pug Hugs
OPEN LETTER TO ADOPTION APPLICANTS
I have read and understand the adoption process; please take me to the application.
Pugs adopted through our rescue have been examined by a veterinarian, neutered or spayed, vaccinated and are on heartworm preventative. The pug may have had other medical procedures or surgery while in our care. Our rescue will disclose any medical conditions which we know about prior to the adoption. Sometimes very little is known about the previous care or treatment; we therefore cannot guarantee the health of our rescued pugs. PLEASE NOTE:
As a general rule, the following are our adoption fees, but may be adjusted on a case-by-case basis: