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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most frequent questions we are asked.

What are the adoption donations?
The adoption donations range between $200-$500. This money helps cover the vet bills.

How do I adopt a Pug from Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue?
First you will need to fill out an Adoption Application and submit it through our website. PPSNR requires a $25 (non-refundable) application donation. Once we receive your application, your application will be reviewed by our Adoption Committee. We conduct a veterinary reference check, telephone interview and home visit. You will be notified by e-mail when your application is approved or declined. Adoption Application

Where do Rescue Pugs come from?
Owner surrenders, breeders, local shelters, or found wandering the streets.

Do you have any puppies?
Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue rarely receives puppies or very young dogs. If you are interested in a puppy or young dog we can put you on a waiting list after you fill out an adoption application, but you could be waiting a long time.

Do these Pugs have “papers”?
Most people mistakenly think that “having papers” (breed registration) means that a dog comes from a “good background”. Papers mean that both parents are Pugs – nothing more. Pet Shop Puppy mill dogs have papers – 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 into our Rescue with Papers, we keep them in their file with the Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue. There is no need to pass them along once a Pug is Spayed or Neutered.

Do you ship Pugs?
The Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue does NOT ship Pugs. If you are interested in one of our Pugs and you are in another state you must be willing to travel to where the pug is fostered.

Do you allow out of state adoptions?
We do allow out of state adoptions. However, they do tend to take a little longer because we need to work with other rescue groups or humane societies to get the home check portion of the application completed. If you are interested in one of our Pugs and you are in another state you must be willing to travel to where the pug is fostered. If you already have dogs you will be required to bring them with you.

What do I do if I know someone that needs to give up a Pug?
Please have them complete our surrender form.

How can I help Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue?
Financial donations are always appreciated. If you would like to volunteer please fill out the volunteer application. If you would like to foster a Pug in need please fill out a foster home application.

What condition will my Pug be in when I adopt it?
Your adopted Pug will be current on their shots, spayed/neutered and micro-chipped before they leave the Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue. The micro-chip will remain registered to the rescue.

How do I contact you?
You can contact us by phone, 866.923.8432 or you can email us here.

What is this adoption application, and why is it so long?
Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue application asks a number of questions necessary for us to begin to evaluate if the Pug that you saw in the photo online is really the best dog for your lifestyle. It may seem as though we are asking more questions than needed, but really we are just getting the basic information that will help us lead you to the dog best suited for you and your family to be your lifelong companion. So please, it’s incredibly important for you as well as the Pug Rescue Network, that you complete the entire application before submitting it to us.

Do you really come to my house?
Oh yes! As part of our efforts to find “the right match”, and therefore, the right home for the Pug, our Adoption Counselors are required to visit your home before and after the adoption. This allows us to make observations about the Pug’s interaction with you and your family, especially with children and other pets.

The house visits also provide us the opportunity to make suggestions regarding the transitional adjustments required once the Pug is introduced to his/her new home. We aren’t trying to be invasive, we really want the best for both your new companion and yourself.

The Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue will not adopt to anyone who does not agree to have one of our Adoption team visit the home before and after the adoption is completed.

What is the “Adoption Agreement” for?
The Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue is required to have an “Adoption Agreement” signed by every person who adopts one of our Pugs. The most important aspects of this agreement is that the Pug will be kept as an indoor house pet, will be treated with love, provided with food and water, proper veterinary care, and cannot be given away to anyone other than the Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue. You should carefully review this agreement before signing it.

What if the unthinkable happens and I can’t keep my companion animal?
In accordance with the Adoption Agreement, if you are unable to keep the Pug, the Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue will take the Pug back without any questions. We are proud to honor our “no questions asked policy” if you have to return the Pug.

How long does this whole process normally take?

The time varies in accordance with how complete the application is and how accessible the new home and references are. Usually it takes about 3-4 weeks to finalize the whole adoption process. Keep in mind we are solely staffed by volunteers that have full-time jobs and also have foster Pugs that need care.

How soon can I see my new best friend in person?
You can meet your new best friend once your application has been approved. This may vary depending upon our schedule and the amount of rescues needing attention at that time.

I don’t know if I am ready for this?
Adopting a dog is a meeting of the heart as well as of the mind. It is a lifetime commitment to an animal that will be your loving companion and your best friend. We want to make this decision as easy as possible for you, so if you are not sure you can take such a permanent step, please consider volunteering to help this lovable breed.