Many pugs come to us with behavioral problem, it is difficult for us to take in many of these pugs due to not having many foster homes that are able to work with problems. Please be aware that if for any reason (such as continued aggression, biting) we are unable to keep your pug in foster care the pug will be returned to the owner within one week of surrender. Ideally, as a rescue, we would like to work with families to keep their pugs in their homes. The below website has many helpful solutions and ideas for behavioral problems. Please try to work with your dog and family prior to surrender, it will make the transition for the pug much easier and it may help you to keep your pet in your home.
We see a number of pugs that have medical issues that can be easily taken care of and help keep the pug with their families. Please consider taking your pug to your veterinarian for help. Sometimes a second opinion is needed, we have many vets that the rescue uses within the Twin Cities area, please see our "Our Vets"Page. One of the most common medical issues we see is pugs with urinary tract infections (UTI) or crystals/stones in their urine. The family often states that they are unable to house train the pug. If it is not a behavioral problem, we highly recommend taking your pug to the vet to rule out a medical issue (such as a UTI). We have seen so many pugs with UTI's that once they are better no longer have house training problems!
All pugs that come into MN-MPR are vet checked, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and treated for any medical conditions before the adoption process begins. A $50 donation is suggested to help defray the medical costs. If you cannot do it at this time, please consider making a donation some time in the future.
You will be contacted by a volunteer within 72 hours of submitting the form. Please understand that we will not refuse assistance to any needy pug, but it is essential that you provide complete, detailed and accurate information so that we can match the pug with the most appropriate foster home. Information that can be provided at the time of surrender is extremely important in the surrender process. This information helps us find the right foster home and later match the pug with their forever home. You will be required to complete an ONLINE SURRENDER FORM stating all known information about the pug, including medical records (if available), habits, etc. This form will also serve as your legal agreement to permanently relinquish ownership of the pug.
Due to the high number of rescued pugs currently in our care who are awaiting homes and the slowdown in adoptions, there is a waiting list to take in owner surrendered pugs. The wait time is currently 30 to 60 days (but can be longer depending on the level of care the pug needs and the urgency of the situation). We will make every effort to help you and get your pug into a loving, safe home. Thank you so much for your patience. Please proceed with the filling out the the ONLINE SURRENDER FORM so we will have your pug on file and can get to your form as quickly as possible when room becomes available.
**If you have found a lost/stray pug**:
Please contact your local animal shelters and veterinarians offices prior to contacting MN Midwest Pug Rescue. Quite often, owners of lost pets have contacted these agencies looking for their pets. Additionally, shelters and veterinarians can scan the pet to see if it is micro chipped and reunite it with its owner. Due to many city ordinances and laws the pug must be at the local shelter for a specified number of days before the rescue can step in and take the dog. Please consider taking the dog to the local shelter instead of your home so that the process of either finding the owner or getting the pug into rescue can be expedited. As a rescue we work with many of the shelters and will be able to pull the pug from the shelter after the initial hold period.
**Mixes or Non-Pug Surrenders**
Unfortunately, due to the number of surrenders we have, we are unable to take in mixes at this time. Our foster homes and resources are all being used for the pugs in our care. It is unfortunate that the volume of pugs leaves us unable to care for the mixes right now. However, there are a couple other places you may want to try one of the following rescues: B.A.R.K., Small Dog Rescue of MN, Homeward Bound Rescue. Google "MN Dog Rescues" and this will help you find a rescue that can help!
Please click here to read about the experiences of others who have surrendered a pug to MN-MPR.
"It was with a heavy heart when I decided to contact the MN Pug Rescue for our pugs. I struggled with trying to make them a perfect fit for our family. I know now after being in touch with the “foster family” and “new families” I had made the right choice. I couldn’t have found better families for my pugs on my own. Thank you MN Pug Rescue for a happy ending! "
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