Pug rescue facilities are people or organizations that rescue Pugs from less then ideal environments. The advantage Pugs have when they end up at a Pug rescue facility, as opposed to a facility that rescues a variety of crossbred dogs, is that the people running the facility are experienced at handling Pugs. They know all about the breed’s health issues and are ready to handle the dog’s personality quirks. People running Pug rescues know instinctively what type of person will be a good match for a Pug. A Pug rescue is so experienced at handling Pug’s they are able to customize a variety of tests to find out how much the Pug’s past has damaged their mental health.
Some people feel that adopting a Pug from the rescue is something they can do to improve the world. Cost is another reason that many dog owners turn to Pug rescues. Adopting a Pug isn’t cheap though because the Pug rescue usually charges an adoption fee. Even though the adoption fee can be steep it is still generally less then it would cost to buy a Pug puppy, especially since the dogs at most Pug rescues are neutered and up to date on vaccinations.
If you are a dog owner who has had previous experience with Pugs, you know that the dog is a happy, social animal that adjusts easily to changes in its environment and is an excellent housedog. You probably think that the Pug you get from a Pug rescue will behave just like the ones you’ve previous had. Although it is possible to get a Pug from a Pug rescue that is normal your more likely to find that, because of their troubled past, most of them have some personality quirks you wouldn’t see in the breed.
Dogs that come from abusive backgrounds don’t always react to situations the same way a dog from a happy past reacts. These reactions often mean that the dogs adopted from rescues don’t do well in homes with small children or other pets. In some severe cases the Pug is so insecure that the person adopting the dog finds it difficult to leave the Pug at a kennel or with a dog sitter.
A Pug rescue is determined to make sure that the Pug’s they have rescued don’t end up back in the same situation that they came from. To make sure the rest of the Pug’s life is peaceful and happy they have set up an extensive review process to screen potential dog adopters. The extensiveness of the screening process can sometimes test your patience and give you second thoughts about getting your future Pug from a Pug rescue. The key to making it through the long and often tedious, screening process is to remember that it is for the dogs’ own good. The Pug rescue is simply looking out for the Pug’s best interest.
It is important to that you answer all of the Pug rescue’s questions as completely and honestly as you can. In some situations some Pug rescues will try to steer you away from the Pug you are looking at and encourage you to consider another Pug. They do this because they have a feeling you are better suited to the other dog.