Good Pug Rescue Centres
By Jenny Donaldson
Good for you in choosing to adopt a Pug rather than buy a Pug puppy! You are not only saving a life, but also helping to put an end to the pet overpopulation problem in the world. And you usually get a better pet from a Pug rescue centre than from an untrained Pug puppy. Although there might be Pugs, a very popular breed, in your local animal rescue shelter you might prefer to go to a Pug rescue centre.
One of the advantages of a Pug rescue centre is that the volunteers and foster Pug parents take the time to get to know the dogs in their care as individuals. They can better help you get the Pug that best fits your temperament and lifestyle. They also will have worked on the Pug’s training and can help you with further training. They never put any Pugs up for adoption that have severe emotional or health problems (or at least, they shouldn’t.)
A legitimate Pug rescue group will never do or offer any of the following. They won’t offer puppies year round. They usually never have puppies at all! They also will never offer to ship the dog anywhere. You usually have to provide all transportation yourself. And they will have you fill out a long application form and then set up an interview with you rather than having you fill out an order form to be filled. Most importantly, a good Pug rescue centre will never have you pay all of the adoption fees before you meet the Pug.
You can find links to good Pug rescue centres from Petfinder.com or PugRescue.com. Both of these sites contain two of the most comprehensive lists of Pug breed rescues in America and Canada. Because dog rescues are made up of volunteers, there is no parent organization that governs them or makes them have to put up a website at all.
A good Pug rescue centre will grill you over closely with a ton of questions, background checks, home checks and application forms. They have the final say over who gets what Pug - you don’t. A good Pug rescue centre will also help you with any Pug information questions you have and can help you with training and advice long after you bring the dog home.
Be patient with Pug rescue centre people. They are usually not paid employees of any organization. They are volunteers who have opened up their home to taking in one or more abandoned Pugs, rehabilitating them and then letting them go again. Don’t rush them, and realize that you have to work around their schedules (not the other way around). The adoption process can often take months. In this way, you are reassured of getting a dog that will want to be part of your family.
Jenny Donaldson has published hundreds of articles about dogs, including several on Pug history. A Pug is an old breed that makes a great family pet.. Ensuring that the breed is the right one for your family can be accomplished by studying basic Pug information.