Foster Homes

Pug Rescue Network Fostering Overview

Pug Rescue Network Inc. is always in need of foster homes for our rescued Pugs. The number of the available foster homes limits the number of Pugs that we can rescue. Pugs may have to be placed on a waiting list until a foster home is available. Unfortunately, some Pugs have a limited amount of time before a shelter or animal control will have to put them down. Clearly, foster homes play one of the most significant roles in the Pug Rescue Network’s rescue efforts.

Becoming A Foster Home:

There are three different kinds of foster care homes that we will use at our rescue: Emergency, Short-term, and Regular Foster.

An Emergency foster home is needed when we feel that we must save a Pug that is faced with death, yet there is no room for him at the rescue. In this case, we would let Emergency foster home take in one of the Pugs we have evaluated already and made ready for adoption. You will not foster any Pug that has not been evaluated physically and behaviorally.

A Short-Term foster home may be considered a "weekend retreat" or a "vacation home" for the Pugs. These homes provide fostering when allowable (during holidays or on weekend when the foster can devote all their time to the Pug). Many who short-term foster do so because they do not feel ready to have a full-time Pug of their own, yet love to give their full attention to our Pugs when they have some open time. To be considered a Short-term foster,  Pugs must spend at least 2 consecutive overnights at the foster home. Any time shorter than this is considered a Buddy.

A Regular foster is a home that accepts a Pug on a long-term basis (usually until the Pug is adopted). This allows us to open up more room at the rescue for other Pugs faced (homeless??) with death. In other words, our regular fosters are a real life Saver!

If you would care to be a foster in any of these capacities, please fill out a Foster Home Application. We are always in need of foster homes. If you can help Pugs in this way, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Getting a Foster Pug

Once you have become an approved foster home, our Foster Home Coordinator will contact you when she has a foster Pug lined up. We tell the foster family everything we know about each Pug. Sometimes the information is limited, particularly if the Pug is coming from a shelter. We do not take Pugs with any known history of biting. We may ask you to pick up the rescued pug from an area vets office. Sometimes another PRN volunteer will bring the Pug to you, or meet you somewhere in the middle. During the fostering process, advice and assistance is available from other PRN volunteers you just need to ask.

Your foster Pug should have a collar with rescue tags on at all times.

Caring for your Foster Pug

We ask that while the foster Pug is in your care, you treat him or her as a part of your family. You will be responsible for providing food, shelter and most importantly love to the rescued Pug. Fostering a Pug generally lasts a few days to a few weeks. In many cases you will also be asked to take the Pug to the local veterinarian for routine medical care, such as vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and any other necessary medical treatment. PRN will pay for the medical care, and we ask that foster homes go to a veterinarian with which we have worked out discounted pricing.

Fostering may sometimes involve Pugs that are not housebroken or that have not had much training. We rely on our foster homes to keep us posted as they learn more about their foster Pug. During the fostering period, the foster family learns a good deal about the Pug’s personality and current level of training. This information is very important in helping us match the foster Pug with an adoptive family. All this information can be placed into Pug Track so everybody can have access to this information.


Adoption of a Rescued Pug**

Before someone can adopt one of our rescued Pugs, they must go through a thorough approval process. They first complete a detailed adoption application. Once the applicant is approved based on the application; then a PRN volunteer performs a home visit and assesses the family situation. If the home visit is good then the adoption applicant can meet one of our available Pugs.

If you are considering adopting a rescued Pug for yourself, please be aware that foster homes cannot adopt a Pug from PRN within 6 months of the time they start fostering. If your primary goal is to adopt a Pug, then please complete an adoption application instead of a fostering application.

Help Save a Dog’s Life

This is a brief overview of fostering. If you are interested (and we hope you are), please complete a volunteer form and mail it to us. During the home visit, you can get all of your questions answered in detail, and other aspects of fostering can be discussed. Fostering a rescued Pug can be an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience. There is nothing more wonderful than seeing your foster Pug go home with the "perfect" adoptive family, and knowing he will be cared for and loved for the rest of his life. Please help us give a rescued Pug a second chance. Without foster homes this organization would not be possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Commitments to our Foster homes

  • We will cover ALL approved medical expenses. To ensure coverage, contact us BEFORE you take your foster Pug to the vet to get approval.
  • We will try to give you a foster Pug that best fits your home and lifestyle.
  • We will give you food, crates, bedding, toys, vitamin supplements, etc. IF we have them available.
  • We will do our best to work around your schedule and give you plenty of notice.

To Foster Families Everywhere

Your home may have been
The first one that I'd ever seen;
Your voice the first to teach, to praise,
To guide me through confusing days.
You're the one who taught to me
What the We of a good dog ought to be.
Your patient persistence all the while
May have won my very first doggie smile.
And now that I am off to roam
With the family of my "forever" home,
Yours is the home I will always dream of
Your gentle hands, your smiling love,
The way you coaxed tangles out of my coat,
The sound of your voice, yes, every note.
If they learn to love me the way that you do
I will know that I owe my acceptance to you.
Though my paws may wander far away,
Yours is the home where I learned to stay.

--Kam Ellery, 2000