Why it is important to rescue pugs

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 adopting and rescuing 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. In addition, because of our work with this, Pugzoo.com and California Gold Small Dog Pet Food was started.

Rescuing a pug is a very, very rewarding experience. Please contact/support these organizations below.



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


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There are hundreds of beautiful rescued pugs at these organizations.

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This pug rescue list may not be up to date. 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 our website you can also know that in doing so you are helping some groups across the country, as PugZoo.com makes yearly donations to those groups.

Please support us in turn by trying our pug food and referring us through social media, friends, and neighbors. Thank you very much.

(When you do refer to us in your social media, please place a link to us there. In other words: "Check out Pugzoo.com for great pug food or pug rescue listings.)

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Above, Bruno Novi, owner with rescued pug "Teddy Bear" who started the idea of a pug rescue group in San Diego which became San Diego Pug Rescue and also the idea of the pug parties which became so large that they rented the Del Mar Fair Grounds where hundreds of pugs, pug people gathered, played and donated funds to Pug Rescue. Thereafter hundreds of pug rescue groups followed the lead all over the U.S.


Rescue groups and shelters

from Wikipedia

There are two major differences between shelters and rescue groups. Shelters are usually run and funded by local governments.Rescue groups are funded mainly by donations and most of the staff are volunteers. While some shelters place animals in foster homes, many are housed on-site in kennels. Some rescue groups have facilities and others do not. Foster homes are heavily utilized in either case.

Within the dog rescue community, there are breed-specific and all-breed rescues.As its name implies, breed-specific rescues save purebred dogs of a certain breed, for example, Akitas, Boxers, Dalmatians, Labrador Retrievers, etc. Almost every breed is supported by a network of national and international rescue organizations with the goal to save abandoned dogs of this breed. All-breed rescues are not limited to purebred dogs. Instead they save dogs of any breed. Many work with specific shelters to support their efforts.


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.

The rise of social media has since aided in adoption of pets, as shelters and rescue groups can now post pictures and biographies of the animals on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. These outlets allow for people to, often without intention, find suitable pets in need of homes. Online interviews are now also possible, as well as international adoption through many organizations. Developments such as social media pages help shelters find appropriate adopters by venturing outside of their immediate surroundings and creating online networks, allowing more people to be exposed to the information and possibility of animal adoption.

A rescue dog is a dog that has been placed in a new home after being abused, neglected, or abandoned by its previous owner. The term can also apply to dogs that are found as strays, surrendered by owners for a variety of reasons, including relationship breakdowns, moving home where the owner is unable or unwilling to take their pets, or elderly people who are not permitted to take their dog(s) into a nursing home.

Many animal rescue organisations exist to rescue, protect, care and re-home dogs from unnecessary euthanasia.Common examples include the RSPCA in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries, the ISPCA in Ireland, or the ASPCA in the United States. Many rescue dogs are rehomed quickly, but some wait longer for a home. This may be relevant when the dog is older.Some agencies provide ongoing health care and support for older dogs after they have been placed in a home. There are several charities dedicated to rescuing and rehoming older dogs.

The ASPCA estimates that approximately 3.3 million dogs in the United States enter shelters each year. Of these, 1.6 million are adopted, 670,000 are euthanized, and 620,000 are returned to their previous owners.A study conducted by the United States National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) in 1998 found that the main reasons for pets being relinquished are: family moving, landlord will not allow pets, too many animals in household, cost of keeping the pet, owner is having personal problems, inadequate facilities, and no homes available for puppies. The study found that 47.7% of dogs turned in to shelters were not altered (spayed or neutered), 33% had not been to a veterinarian, and 96% of dogs had no obedience training. The conclusion of the researchers was that the owners who were relinquishing their pets did not have the knowledge to be responsible dog owners, and that educational programs aimed at present and prospective owners would reduce the number of dogs relinquished to animal shelters.

Estimates of animals brought to shelters and of animals subsequently euthanized in the U.S. have issues with their reliability. The Humane Society of the United States provides shelter statistics with this caution: "There is no central data reporting system for U.S. animal shelters and rescues. These estimates are based on information provided by the (former) National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy.The HSUS provided numbers of 6 to 8 million animals taken to shelters, 3 to 4 million animals euthanized, and 2.7 million of the euthanized animals being healthy and adoptable, as estimates for 2012-2013, and also for annual figures in an August 2014 article.

The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy conducted a survey over four years, 1994-1997, and cautions against the use of their survey for wider estimates: "It is not possible to use these statistics to estimate the numbers of animals entering animal shelters in the United States, or the numbers euthanized on an annual basis. The reporting Shelters may not represent a random sampling of U.S. shelters. Summary statistics from the survey said that in 1997, 4.3 million animals entered the surveyed shelters; the shelters euthanized 62.6% of them, or 2.8 million animals.These numbers broke down to 56.4% of dogs euthanized, and 71% of cats.The original survey was sent to 5,042 shelters housing at least 100 dogs and cats each year, of whom only 1,008 shelters participated in 1997.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides alternate numbers, saying that there are about 13,600 community animal shelters in the US."There is no national organization monitoring these shelters", and "no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement.However, national estimates are provided of 7.6 million animals entering shelters each year, with 2.7 million of them euthanized.

The American Humane Association said the difficulties in estimating numbers, and provides a higher figure, saying that in 2008, an estimated 3.7 million animals were euthanized in shelters.

A 1993 study of US dog populations considered a wider range of sources than animal shelters.The study found that 4 million dogs entered shelters, with 2.4 million (or 60%) euthanized (p. 203).

Reasons for relinquishment

Unwanted dogs and cats may have been acquired from any source. Large numbers of animals are placed in shelters by pet owners each year for reasons such as moving, allergies, behavioral problems, and lack of time or money, or the pet animal giving birth to young. Another common reason for surrendering a pet is because of milestones, like marriage or the birth of a new baby. (Editor's note: it is our opinion that it is precisely for these reasons that a pug rescue organization is invaluable)


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Some of our pug friends--many of these were rescued pugs

rescued pug trio

Molly, Sophie & Kati, with one eye
(Katie and Sophie are in dog heaven, but Molly, even though deaf and blind is strong at 14yrs!)

~Liz B.

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Queen Victoria just turned 8 years of age on the 16th of July. She's a vibrant, healthy pug lady. I'm proud to say she has been on California Gold pug food since I brought her home at the age of 8 weeks. To date, she's perfectly healthy (according to the vet)....thank you Bruno for an excellent product I recommend to every small dog owner......! :)

~Denise G.


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California Gold is
1) All-natural Real Food
2) No chemicals
3) No Soy*, Wheat, Sugar, Dairy
4) No Gluten
5) FREE Vitamin & Mineral pack included 

* except in Protein-Complete Formulas

Fact: Healthy pug food eliminates many health problems.

Check out our California Gold Small Dog Pet Food Formulas by PugZoo with FREE SHIPPING Pug Food Samples here.


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