The world is full of people and organizations that are so dedicated to the Pug that they have designed facilities known as Pug rescues. Pug rescues are no kill rescue facilities that only rescue Pugs, usually Pugs that have papers. Pug rescues take the Pugs out of environments that are either abusive or dangerous to the Pugs' physical or mental health.
They know all about the breed's health issues and are ready to handle the dog's personality quirks. People running Pug rescues know instinctively what type of person will be a good match for a Pug. A Pug rescue is so experienced at handling Pug's they are able to customize a variety of tests to find out how much the Pug's past has damaged their mental health.
People who choose to adopt a Pug from a Pug rescue find that they are expected to pay an adoption fee in order to bring the Pug home. This fee is to help the Pug rescue cover the food the Pug ate while a guest of the rescue and to cover the Pug's medical bills.
The Pugs that end up at Pug rescues don't get there because they have had an easy life. There are a few that are brought to a rescue because their previous owners died or no longer in a position to care for them. The Pugs who come from that type of situation are normally happy, well adjusted representatives of their breed. The problem is that the most of the Pug at a Pug rescue have come from puppy mills or abusive owners.
The Pug, as a breed, is typically a happy dog that loves people, other pets, children and adapts easily to changes in its environment. Pugs that come from puppy mills are generally shy and under socialized. It is hard to say how much contact these dogs have had with other animals or people. Pug's that had owners that were abusive are often skittish and afraid of people. Pugs that have this type of a past sometimes have a hard time adjusting to having other pets around or are unable to coop with small children.
Adopting a Pug from a Pug rescue can make you feel like you are doing something to improve the world, but before committing yourself to a adopting from a rescue center you need to sit down and really think about your situation. Do you have the time and patience needed to deal with a dog that has a troubled background? Keep in mind that dog's have a long life span, you should plan on devoting at least fifteen years to the Pug you get from a Pug rescue.
The extensiveness of the screening process can sometimes test your patience and give you second thoughts about getting your future Pug from a Pug rescue. The key to making it through the long and often tedious, screening process is to remember that it is for the dogs' own good. The Pug rescue is simply looking out for the Pug's best interest.
It isn't unusual for Pugs that have been rescued to have other health issues that will require medical attention; many of these medical conditions will require care for the rest of the Pug's life. Are you in a position, financially, to provide the Pug with the medical care it will need for the rest of its life?