Toronto, ON | Servicing Ontario
Pugalug Pug Rescue is a group of volunteers who are committed to helping rescued pugs by providing medical care, loving attention, comfort, food, companionship and a forever home.
It is a process whereby the pug’s needs are paramount both during its time in the rescue process and when its ideal adoptive home is being determined.
The rescue organization has no building and no business hours; it is not an animal shelter where a potential purchaser can drop buy, choose a pug and take it home. Rescue is not a place to get a pug cheaply. Potential adopters are required to complete a comprehensive application, undergo a home visit, have references checked and agree to fairly stringent conditions before being approved. The rescue wants to make absolutely sure that the pug, who has suffered so much upheaval already, doesn’t wind up back in rescue and have to undergo the process again because of an inappropriate adoption.
Many people ask why a pug would need to be rescued. The reasons are as varied as the sources the pugs come from. One common thread, however, is a lack of understanding of the pug’s unique characteristics and requirements. Pugs are stubborn and require a lot of patience to train. If male pugs are not neutered at a young age, there may be marking accidents. They demand human attention and affection. They are not noted for playing fetch and Frisbee like some other breeds and get easily winded with heavy exercise because of their compacted respiratory system. Pugs shed year-round and often snore. They can be very costly to maintain because of their vulnerability to a variety of health issues, including allergies, eye problems, joint problems, thyroid issues, respiratory problems, etc. Owners who don’t understand these things when they buy a pug may get more than they can or want to handle.
Too often a loving family may have to give up their pug because they can no longer provide for him – maybe because of health issues, a family breakup, financial constraints, etc. The owners may choose to surrender their beloved pet to a caring rescue organization rather than place them in a shelter or sell them to somebody they don’t know. They know that Pugalug has the pug’s best interests at heart and will screen potential adopters carefully.
Some pugs come into rescue by way of animal shelters, humane societies, newspaper ads, breeders and word of mouth. Pugs from these sources may come from good homes but are more likely to have come from abusive backgrounds such as puppy mills and backyard breeders. Sometimes extensive medical and emotional healing is needed before the pug is ready to be adopted.
Pugalug Pug Rescue only adopts within Ontario. If you are out of province, do NOT apply.
You MUST have or be willing to get some form of air conditioning for your home. There must be some place in the home that is air conditioned for the health of the pug.
If you have a pool or pond or other water feature, it must be fenced off so that the dog cannot get into in. Pugs drown rapidly, most are poor swimmers and are not always terribly water smart.
The rescue does not allow dogs to be tied out or staked out in the yard. Tie outs and staking can result in serious injury and death to a dog.
Pugs are one of the most commonly stolen breeds of dog. Sadly, they are often used as bait in dog fighting. The rescue requires that you supervise your pug at all times when they are out of the house.
Pugs are not outdoor dogs and cannot survive living in a dog house or other out building – including the garage. The rescue requires that our dogs live within the house with the family.
If you reside in a house, we much prefer that you have a fully fenced backyard. This is not a requirement for adoption, but is certainly the better option. If your yard is not fully fenced, the dog must be on leash at all times when outside of the house. Invisible fences and other collar activated restraining devices are not acceptable
If you live in an apartment or condo, you must provide proof that the landlord or management allows you to have a dog.
If you are gone from the home for longer than 8 hours, you will likely need to make arrangements for someone to come home to let the dog(s) out. Pugs are a small breed and should not be expected to hold their bladders or bowels for longer than 8 hours. Some can do it, but most can’t and shouldn’t be expected to.
Pugs are notorious for food allergies. The rescue will require that you feed a high quality food that is, at minimum, wheat, corn and soy free. The preference is for a grain free food
If you currently have animals in the house (cats and/or dogs) they must be spayed or neutered unless there is a verifiable medical reason why they are not or cannot be.
Please be sure to check your local by-laws regarding the total number of pets you can legally have in your home and only apply if you are below that limit.