Adopting from our rescue means welcoming a loving, sweet, snorting pug into your family. It is also a serious, long-term, and potentially expensive commitment. We love pugs and our job is to help the pugs in our care find homes that are a great match for their unique personalities, behaviors, and needs.
We get it - pugs are irresistibly adorable with their squishy faces and wrinkly charm. But their cuteness comes with a side of "spunk." They can be stubborn, mischievous, and prone to certain medical conditions throughout their lives. These special needs mean they may not be ideal for everyone, especially first-time dog owners. Pugs are true companion animals; they crave attention and do best in homes where someone is present and able to give them all the attention they deserve.
WHEN SHOULD YOU APPLY TO ADOPT?
If you are interested in adopting a pug, please go ahead and complete the adoption application so we can begin processing it. Not all available pugs are listed on our website; we review all approved applications and make matches whenever possible so a lot of our pugs are never posted.
We do not adopt on a “first come, first served" basis; we take the time to personalize each adoption. We look at each application, assess each pug’s individual needs, and make a decision that is in the best interest of the pug. This ensures that every pug finds the perfect forever home, creating a successful and happy match.
A FEW NOTES BEFORE YOU APPLY
Everyone at Pug Rescue of Florida & Georgia is a volunteer; we do not have any paid employees. From fostering pugs and attending vet appointments to fundraising and paperwork, we juggle it all alongside our busy lives. We strive for timely responses but most of our days are hectic, so email is our primary communication channel.
Your application will not be processed until all the required information is received. This includes paying the application fee, completing the adoption application, and submitting vet records for all pets you have had during the past 3 years. (You don't have to currently have other dogs to apply; some pugs are just fine being only dogs).
THE ADOPTION APPLICATION PROCESS
If you are unable to complete our online application form or aren't redirected to the form, please contact us.
We are willing to adopt outside of Florida and Georgia to experienced pug homes with excellent vet references, but please note that the application process will take longer than normal to complete. We must be able to find a volunteer in your area to complete our required home check AND you MUST BE WILLING TO DRIVE TO MEET AND ADOPT A PUG in Florida/Georgia once approved. We do not transport our pugs or work with transport companies; we also do not allow our pugs to fly in the cargo section of a plane.
TO MOVE FORWARD in the application review process, current pets MUST at a minimum be:
We help pugs of all ages and those with a wide range of medical issues. Our adoption fees range from $250-$1050 and are based on the age and health issues of the specific pug. Adoption fees go toward paying for the medical treatment of ALL of our rescued pugs including vet exams, surgeries, medications, food and other supplies while they are in foster care. We average $1,700 in medical bills per dog and many dogs have bills over $5,000. Since many of the pugs that find their way to us need extensive medical care - including life-saving surgeries - our medical expenses are over $175,000 annually and our adoption fees don't cover even half of that. Adoption fees for specific dogs will be discussed with approved adopters (please do not email us and ask for fees for specific dogs).
When you adopt a pug/mix from us, the dog has been fully vetted by our rescue vets which includes: full comprehensive exam including bloodwork, urinalysis, fecal, heartworm test & preventative, vaccines, spay/neuter, microchip, plus any other medical needs such as dental, x-rays, ultrasound, life-saving surgeries, etc. Adopter will receive a copy of all medical records for their new pug.
After you successfully complete the adoption application review process and are matched with a pug/pug mix for adoption, the paperwork to complete the adoption contract will be paperless.
When it is time to finalize the adoption, you will receive an email with information about your new pug and a text message with a link to review & sign the adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. Our volunteers will answer any questions you have along the way.
Pug Rescue of Florida & Georgia
PO Box 316 Windermere FL 34786
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