Frequently Asked Questions

What are the adoption fees?

The adoption fees range between $75.00 - $400.00 depending on the age of the pug.  These fees help cover vet bills


How do I adopt a pug from Pug Rescue Network?

First you will need to fill out an adoption application and submit online or return in the mail.  Once we receive your application, your application will be reviewed by our Adoption Coordinator.  You will be notified by phone or email when your application is approved or declines.


Where do rescue pugs come from?

Owner surrenders, breeders, local shelters or found wandering the streets.


Do you have any puppies?

Pug Rescue Network rarely receives puppies.


Do these pugs have “papers”?

Most people mistakenly think that “having papers” (breed registration) means what a dog comes from a “good background”.   Papers mean that both parents are pugs - nothing more.  Puppy mill dogs have papers and they are the unhealthiest dogs in the world.  Papers do not guarantee that a pug is free from genetic disease.  If a pug is turned into PRN with papers, we keep them in their file with PRN.  There is no need to pass them along once a pug is spayed or neutered.


Do you transport pugs?

PRN does not transport pugs.  If you are interested in one  of our pugs and you are in another state you must be willing to travel to Michigan to come pick up your pug.


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 Michigan to complete the adoption and pick up your pug. If you have other dogs we hope that they can come with you so we can see how they get along with each other.


What do I do if I know someone that needs to give up a pug?

Please call (248) 432-0102 or email us at


How can I help Pug Rescue Network?

Donations (link to are always appreciated.  If you would like to volunteer please fill out the volunteer application (link).  If you would like to foster a pug in need please fill out a foster home application (link).


What condition will my pug be in when I adopt from PRN?

Your adopted pug will be current on their shots, spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, house and crate trained.  


How do I contact PRN?

Please email, or phone (248) 432-0102.  Please leave a message when you call.


What is this adoption application, and why is it so long?

PRN application asks a number of questions necessary for us to begin to evaluate if the pug that you saw online or at one of our events  is really the best dog for your lifestyle.  It may seem as though we are asking more questions than needed, but we are just getting the basic information that will help us lead you to the dog best suited to you and your family to be your lifelong companion.  So please, it is incredibly important for you as well as PRN, that you complete the entire application before submitting to us.


Why do you do a home visit?

As part of our efforts to find the “right match”, and therefore the right home for the rescue pug one our our volunteers will visit your home before 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 home visit also gives us the opportunity to make suggestions regarding the transitional adjustments required once the pug is introduced to his/her new home.


PRN will not adopt to anyone who does not agree to a home visit.


What is the adoption agreement for?

PRN is required to have an Adoption Agreement signed by every person who adopts one of our rescue pugs.  The most important aspect 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 Pug Rescue Network.  You should carefully review this agreement before signing it.


What if the unthinkable happens and I can’t keep my pug?

In accordance with the Adoption Agreement, if you are unable to keep your pug, PRN will take your pug back without any questions.  We are proud to honor our policy “no questions asked policy” if you have to return a pug.


How long does the whole process take?

Time varies in accordance with how complete the application is and when we can check references and do a home visit. Also, pugs may have not completed needed medical treatment.  Keep in mind that PRN is solely staffed by volunteers that have full time jobs and families.


How can I see my new best friend in person?

You can meet your new best friend at our events or at a pre-adoption meeting.


I don’t know if I am ready for this?

Adopting a pug is a meeting of the heart as well as the mind.  It is a lifetime commitment to an animal that will be your living 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 a permanent step, please consider volunteering to help this lovable breed.