Where do these Pugs come
are so many strays not claimed by their owners at the shelters?
Do these Pugs have
- Why do you spay and neuter?
Are you also a Pug
Breeder? Can you recommend a breeder?
- Do you ever have Pug Puppies?
- What are your adoption fees?
- How can I Adopt?
live out of state, can I still adopt a Pug from your rescue?
am coming to Las Vegas on vacation and want to adopt...Is this possible?
do you require a home visit? What are you looking for?
do you need a Vet referral? What questions will you ask my Vet?
do the Pugs on the "Adopt Me" page get adopted so fast?
applied a long time ago and haven't heard back from you. Does this mean I
wasn't approved to adopt? Should I apply again?
would like to adopt a housetrained pug...Is a rescuepug guaranteed to be
live in a condo or apartment, so I am unable to install a doggie door. Does
this mean that I will be unable to adopt?
Why do you ask so many
We rescue from the
shelters and also from private homes. Our rescue Pugs are turned in for many,
many reasons. Some are abused or neglected, but most are from loving homes that
can no longer take care of their pet. We have had owners go into nursing homes,
pass away, move out of town, divorce...all kinds of reasons. Sometimes we have
no history on the animal, as often they are lost and picked up by Animal
Control, but are never claimed by their owners.
More than half of our rescue Pugs are turned in by families of toddlers. It
seems that a couple will treat the Pug as their baby, but then when they have a
real baby and the Pug shows signs of jealousy such as peeing on toys, etc, they
no longer want to keep the dog. Most toddlers are unable to resist the
temptation of pulling on the adorable tail or poking at the protruding eyes, and
that is a recipe for disaster!
Note: We do not adopt to families with children under
FOUR years of age. Please do not ask us to make an exception. We are simply
trying to protect the little ones from potential harm.
We receive another large percentage of our Pugs from single college students
that live in an apartment. They may have a job, a significant other, and school
work, and are rarely home enough to housetrain a Pug and give it the attention
it deserves. Most will have purchased a Pug on impulse while shopping at the
mall and grow to understand that they do not have the free time a little Pug
Many people falsely believe that their missing
Pug was stolen. Although it is true that dogs can be stolen from yards, in many
cases this is not what happens. A Pug may wander just a few doors down and be
taken in by a neighbor. If no "Lost Dog" signs are posted in the neighborhood,
the Pug may be taken to the shelter. An owner that believes his Pug is stolen
usually will not place a "Lost Dog" ad in the paper or check the shelters.
After three days at the shelter, the dog is available for adoption.
Most people mistakenly think that "having
papers" (breed registration) means that a dog comes from a good background.
Papers only mean that both parents are Pugs, nothing more. Pet shop (puppy
mill) dogs have papers and yet they are the unhealthiest dogs in the world!
Papers do not guarantee that a Pug will be free from genetic disease. If a Pug
is turned in to our rescue with papers, we throw them away. There is no need to
pass them along once a Pug is spayed or neutered.
Every dog that comes through our rescue is
spayed or neutered. There are too many homeless dogs and not enough good
homes. A rescue dog should never be bred because there is no genetic history or
family lineage to guarantee a healthy litter. Spaying and neutering also
decreases the chance of many types of common cancers (mammary tumors and
prostate cancer) and lessens behavioral problems.
No, we have never bred
Pugs. Responsible breeding is carried out by “hobby breeders” that compete
their dogs in dog shows and aim for quality, not profit. They follow the history
of many generations of healthy, quality Pugs and breed to follow AKC standards.
If you are very certain that a rescue Pug is not for you and you are set on
purchasing a puppy, we recommend you contact a local breed club who can refer
you to a good breeder. Please do not patronize pet stores or backyard breeders
who place ads in the classifieds section of the newspaper. We have seen more
than our share of unhealthy Pugs from these sources.
In our opinion, the unhealthiest Pugs in Las Vegas are coming from the common
pet shop chain that can be found in the mall. Paying over $1000 for a Pug does
not mean that it is a good quality dog, it means that the greedy pet shop owner
has overcharged you! If you ask them if their Pugs come from puppy mills, the
pet shop owner will deny it, but the fact is that they buy them from local puppy
brokers that purchase dogs from puppy mills in the midwest. Do not be fooled by
these unethical business owners whose only concern is to profit from their
If you have purchased a Pug from a pet store, check out your Pug's registration
papers. If your pet shop Pug came from the states of IL, MO, AR, KS, then you
can be 99% sure that you have a puppy mill Pug. Please talk to your vet about
checking for potential health problems, and about starting them on joint
supplements (glucosamine/MSM) early to lessen hip problems. To learn more about
your pet shop Pug, visit No Puppy Mills.com.
We rarely receive puppies. The average age of
our rescues are 2 - 6 years old. Often we receive Pugs that are over 8 years
Every Pug that comes
through our rescue is vet-checked, spayed or neutered, and current on all
vaccinations. To get a rescue Pug ready for adoption, we generally spend much
more on veterinary expenses than the price of the adoption fee. Due to the
number of Pugs with medical needs that come through our rescue, we have been
forced to raise our adoption fees. We are an all-volunteer organization, so
every penny of the adoption fee is used to pay vet bills.
under 1 year old: $300
|Pugs 1 to 5
|Pugs 6-7 years:
|Pugs 8 years
and up: $100
Start by completing an Online Application.
Please take the time to provide as much information as possible. There are just
a few of us that review the adoption requests so we are usually a bit behind on
applications. Due to time restraints, we are forced to discard incomplete
requests. We also discard applications after 6 months on file, so if you have
not heard from us, please try again!
Sorry, we only adopt in the Las Vegas area. We
do require a home visit prior to adoption, so driving long distances to do so is
not possible. Please check for a Pug rescue in
No, it isn’t. The major reason is that we are
unable to do a home visit if you are vacationing. We need to meet the other
members of the household and see how the Pug will get along with your other
pets. Also keep in mind that Pugs cannot fly in cargo. Please visit our
Pug Rescue Links page and see if you can find a
rescue closer to your area.
We want to make sure that the Pug is placed in
a safe environment. We will check for a fenced backyard, locked gates, and
fenced swimming pools. We are not inspecting your home, judging your furniture,
or checking for dirty dishes in the sink. We simply want to meet the family
members, other pets, and find the right environment for our rescue Pugs.
We will ask your vet if you are a regular
client. We will check on the vaccination history of your current pets, and we
will verify that your current pets are spayed or neutered. We will also ask for
a listing of previous pets. We are not being nosy, we are checking the
accuracy of your application. We do understand that in many families,
situations arise when a pet had to be given up. Sadly, we often learn that an
applicant has been through several "trendy" pets. Owning a Saint Bernard when "Beethovan"
was popular, a Dalmatian when "101 Dalmatians" was released, a Chihuahua when
the Taco Bell commercials were a big hit (and where are those dogs now?) that is
a great concern to us! We know how popular Pugs have become ever since “Men In
Black II” was released, but popularity of a breed is not always a positive
thing. We are simply looking for a responsible pet owner who is in this for the
We usually contact several matching families
from our waiting list and let them know that new arrivals will be placed on the
page. If you are interested in adopting, please be sure you are on our waiting
list! Please bookmark the “Adopt Me” page, then send us an e-mail when you see
a face that you would like to meet.
If it has been several months or longer since
you submitted your application, please drop us a note to let us know you are
still interested. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to every applicant.
We generally don't call if the application is more than 6 months old unless we
have heard back from you.
No, we are unable to guarantee housetraining.
We will be honest about the Pug's progress in this area. Once the Pug has
learned the doggie door at our foster homes, we usually will look for a home
with a doggie door. To place the Pug in a home without a doggie door may cause
confusion and create a housetraining problem. Any Pug can be housetrained with
a bit of effort. We look for families that are willing to work through this
No, we have placed many Pugs in condos and
apartments. It depends on several things: the number of hours the Pug would be
alone, the age of the Pug (usually older Pugs do just fine in an apartment), and
the history of that Pug. We are less likely to place a Pug in an apartment if
the applicant works long hours, or the Pug is young (a little Pug bladder can
only hold it for so long).
Young or old, these
rescue Pugs are our babies. Some have led a rough life, while others came from
good, loving homes. Either way, the transition to a new home is always hard on
a pet, and we attempt to make it as smooth as possible. We are looking for a
FOREVER home for these dogs. If we know the history of the Pug, we will attempt
to match the adopting family to the needs of that Pug. Some Pugs have been
doggie door trained, and have no housetraining issues. If we place that Pug in
a home without a doggie door, that would create more stress on the Pug and the
new owner. Other Pugs, especially adult and senior Pugs, would do just fine in
an apartment or condo. Some are extremely shy and docile, and would be happiest
in a home with no other pets, while others need a playmate or two to keep them
busy. Some would love to have children in the house to play with, while others
just need a sofa and a people bed to cuddle in. Many would just snooze while
you are at work all day, while others would cry and whine at the door until you
return. There are as many different Pug personalities as there are people
personalities...we are just trying to make a match.
Adopting a Pug is a long-term commitment. A rescue Pug deserves an extra-special
somebody. Please take the time to answer the adoption questions completely and
be certain before you do so that a rescue Pug is right for you!
Congratulations! You have made it through the information page. You can see
by the FAQs that we are 100% committed to finding the best possible homes for
the rescue Pugs of Las Vegas. If you are 100% committed to the idea of
loving and training a rescue Pug for life, please fill out an online