pug rescue


Why it is important to rescue

According to National estimates:

  • Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters nationwide every year.
  • Each year 1.2 million dogs get euthanized
  • Approximately 1.4 million dogs are adopted each year
  • About 542,000 dogs enter shelters as strays and are returned to their owners
  • Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
  • About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.

If these facts are not enough for you and you are still debating between buying a pug from a breeder or a store, and rescuing, adopting a pug, know that you will not necessarily get a healthier, genetically better, perfectly loving pug companion from the breeder or store.

It is a fact, that because of financial gain and lack of care and knowledge, many breeders are putting out pugs in great numbers with genetic defects, passing on illnesses, allergies and other health problems of which many are not curable. It used be way back that breeders had champions and only bred champions; this is rarely the case now.

By buying from a non-champion breeder you are supporting these malpractices. If you are not showing pugs then you would not be buying from a champion breeder. Therefore, in this case, you can be part of the solution of helping the needy pugs that have been rescued from the pug organizations listed here and adopt a pug with them.

From my personal experience of 11 years saving pugs, I could not tell the difference between a rescued one and a pug bought from a non-champion breeder. As a matter of fact the first pug I rescued, Teddy Bear, was up there in the quality breeding lines of champs. He was minutes from being euthanized and proved to be my biggest friend, companion. And in part because of Teddy's rescue, Pug Rescue of San Diego was formed, raising thousands of dollars and homes for thousands of ready to adopt pugs.



Alabama Pug Rescue & Adoption
Polar Pug Rescue
Pug Rescue of N.W. Arkansas

Central Coast Pug Rescue
Pugs 'N Pals of So. California
Pug Nation Rescue of L.A.
Pug Rescue of Sacramento
PugSavers ( Northern CA & NV )
San Diego Pug Rescue
Colorado Pug Rescue

See Pug Rescue of New England (NE)
See Curly Tail Pug Rescue (NY) 


Pug Rescue of Florida - Clearwater
Pug Rescue - Central Florida
Compassionate Pug Rescue So FL
So. East Pug Rescue & Adoption


more rescue groups    

If your organization is not listed here or you need to correct some information, please contact us.


Pugzoo.com/PugPress was involved in a very rewarding time- of 11 years of pug rescue which included co-founding of San Diego Pug Rescue and co-creating the famous and successful "The Pug Party Fundraisers" which now has inspired many rescue groups throughout the country. In addition to this mission we give back to pugs.

When you purchase a product from this website you can also know that in doing so you are helping some pug rescue groups across the country, as PugZoo.com makes yearly donations to those groups.

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Adopting through a rescue group

from Wikipedia

Most rescue groups use similar adoption procedures, including completing an application, checking a veterinary reference, conducting a phone interview and a home visit. Rescue organizations are usually volunteer-run organizations and survive on donations and adoption fees. The adoption fees do not always cover the significant costs involved in rescue, which can include traveling to pick up an animal in need, providing veterinary care, vaccinations, food, spaying and neutering, training, and more.

Most animals in the care of rescue groups live with foster home volunteers as members of the family until an appropriate adopter is found. There are a number of different techniques that can be used to make the transition from life at a rescue's foster home to an adoptive home easier on the animal. Generally, rescue groups provide adopters with basic information to aid in a successful transition.

Often, adoption counsellors are involved in the process in order to ensure that the pet is being sent to a good, fitting home. Questionnaires for adoption vary between organizations, but are essentially used to ensure that the animal being adopted suits the lifestyle of the prospect owner and will have all of his or her needs fulfilled.


Pug information is available in these topics:

Pug Health Problems
Pug health problems can be a worrisome issue with rescues. Common pug health problems are eye problems, itch/allergy, problems with the anal sacs, to name some. There are several pug eye problems. If your pug rubs its eyes, that's one indication of a serious matter. If left neglected, many pugs go blind, or at best, near-blind from this condition. See your veterinarian right away.The more pug information you read, the better you will be at knowing your new pug, its health problems and its care.

Pug Allergies
If you pug itches, it could mean several things, including fleas and allergies-be it food allergies, or environmental allergies. One must rid the rescued pug and its environment of fleas using non-toxic products. Diet has a lot to do with allergies. Many commercial pet food formulas, as well as treats, are full of allergenic ingredients. Your rescued pug needs to eat a clean, natural, healthy formula so it can eat to strengthen their immune system. We recommend our California Gold Small Dog Food as the best for pug food allergies.

Best Dog Food for Pugs
You can't go wrong with real food in feeding your rescued pug--oats (or brown rice), veggies and fruit along with a packet of vitamins and minerals. Created by founders of Pug Rescue of San Diego, California Gold Small Dog Food has been the favorite food for pug fans all over the country for over 25 years. Many owners have fed their pug since they were puppies; many have stated relief of allergies, other pug health problems and many of their pugs have lived longer than expected healthy lives including those from pug rescue. You can read more about it and get free shipping samples here. This food results in soft and shiny coats, increased energy, and from our experience, increased longevity in rescued pugs.

Pug Care
Good pug care is essential to owning a pug after you have rescued it. Most of us adopt, acquire a pug so that it becomes a member of the family--it needs the same amount of care than any other family member.

Pug care can be divided into main categories:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Health (other than nutrition)
  3. Exercise
  4. Love/attention

Read about this pug information here.

Pug Hypoallergenic
If you have allergies and are wondering: "are pugs hypoallergenic?", then from the definition Hypoallergenic, meaning "below normal" or "slightly" allergenic, the answer is no since there is no evidence that one breed is more hypoallergenic than the other.While the premise is that the shorter the hair, the less allergy-causing dander there is to cause suffering, the truth is that dander is not the only agent causing allergy. Skin and saliva (and other), not just hair, trigger allergy symptons. More pug info on pug allergies is available here.

Pug Weight
According to the AKC,the average pug weight should be between 14 and 18 lbs. However, the AKC tends to be very conservative, liking their dogs weight to be on the lean side, if not slightly emaciated. A better, more reasonable upper pug weight is 20. That being said, every pug is built differently. In addition, nowadays, we see more average weight pugs, sturdier, bigger boned.especially the rescued ones. These pugs weigh about 20 -22 lbs, without a lot of fat. They are not the AKC standard, but they are healthy and happy. Now, be very careful, this does not mean that your pug should weigh 20 or more pounds. If your pug is tiny (at full grown) then it would fall under the range of 14 to 18lb. These are almost always pure bred and most from championship lines, usually not the rescued pugs. There's no question that from in-breeding and over-breeding today's pug is larger and therefore a heavier weight than the old standard pug weight. More info on pug weight is available here.


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Pug Health Care Manual
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The Pug Health Care Manual, Vol. 1 is a no-nonsense, tell it like it is Pug Owner's Manual addressing essential pug health problems, aspects of proper care, maintenance, and longevity of your Pug. Written by the founders of Pug Rescue of San Diego.

It is to the point with no filler or fluff. It is not filled up with generalized pug information found in most dog-care books. It is also not a primer on pugs from A-Z or it would be 300 pages and cost a lot more! No, the cost of this Manual is less than a typicall vet visit, but you will probably learn much more about your rescued pug with our highly specialized information on the following topics (usually overlooked in general dog health books) of pug health problems:

1. Does Your Pug Itch? What to do about it for instant relief, and what to do for the long haul. Diet has a lot to do with it--find out what foods most pugs are allergic to, and what they can eat to strengthen their immune system, resulting in soft and shiny coats, increased energy, and from our experience, increased longevity, including rescued pugs!

2. Why Do Pugs Rub Their Eyes? This is the most common pug health problem reported. If left neglected, many pugs go blind, or at best, near-blind from this condition. It doesn't need to happen to yours. Includes a Do-It-Yourself Test for the most common eye disease that many vets overlook. (Note: pugs who lick their feet are almost ALWAYS also rubbing their eyes - watch your rescued pug carefully. This eye information is a MUST!)

3. What Does it Mean if I Find a Lump on My Pug? First it has to be determined if it's malignant. Second, if so, what are your options? Is cancer necessarily a death-sentence? Includes alternative treatment options that work, too.

4. "My Pug is Impossible to Housebreak!" Never say never! Not when we've got "Guerilla Housebreaking Tactics!" for the hard-to-train pug of any age! Especially for the rescued pug.

5. Anal sac problems discussed. This is one of the most talked about pug health problems.


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