About Us

Adopting A Friend

Thank you for expressing interest in adoption through Pug Rescue of Austin!  If you are interested in adoption please visit our website and complete an application at www.pugrescueaustin.com/adopt  

PLEASE NOTE: Pug Rescue of Austin does not have a central location.  All of our rescue dogs are in various foster homes throughout Austin.  To meet a dog, you must complete an application or attend an adoption day.  We do not do same day adoptions, but adoption days are a great way to meet the dogs! Adoption events are held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of Each Month at Petco Great Hills Trail location.


Frequently Asked Questions: 

What are the adoption fees?

Under 1 year old = $350

1 to 3 years old  = $300

4 to 6 years old  = $250

7 to 9 years old  = $200

10+ years old     = $100


What do the adoption fees cover?

Each adopted pug is up to date on distemper/parvo,  bordetella, and rabies vaccinations.  PRA pays for the pug to be neutered and treated for heartworms (if necessary).  Each PRA pug is on monthly heartworm and flea medication throughout his or her time in foster care.  If immediate and/or life threatening medical conditions arise during foster care, PRA pays for those surgeries.  Less life threatening surgeries, such as dental cleanings, become the responsibility of the adopter.   


I have filled out my application online, what’s next?

You will be contacted by our Adoption Coordinator via email and assigned an application screener within 72 hours.


How long does the adoption process usually take?

We are an all-volunteer organization so depending on how many applications we have at the time, processing time can range from 1-3 weeks.


Why are there so many steps in the adoption process?

Most of the pugs we rescue have been in abusive, neglectful situations.  We are searching to find them forever homes.  Our adoption process is very thorough to ensure the applicant and pug are the right fit for each other.


I want to adopt a pug as a gift for someone else, is this possible?

This is only possible if the person is aware of your intent and involved in the adoption process.  We don’t do surprise adoptions.  Everyone that will be caring for the pug must be involved in the adoption process to ensure a proper match is made.


I am approved to adopt, what happens next?

If you are approved to adopt a pug, your application is forwarded to our Trial Visit Coordinator. He/She will then work with you to match you with a pug.  You can meet several dogs at adoption days or meet & greets.  Once you know the pug you want, we can arrange a trial visit.  The pug comes to stay with you for a week to ten days and should you choose to adopt, we will email you the contract and payment instructions.  


I do not live in Austin, can I still adopt?

PRA holds meet and greet events each month in Austin and San Antonio! Because we do home visits on every adopter, we cannot adopt to people from out of state. Occasionally, we can adopt outside of Austin or San Antonio in the central Texas area depending on the location and if we have a home visit volunteer in your area. 


Why does PRA require a criminal background check?

We do a thorough background check to ensure that our dogs are placed in safe, stable forever homes. Most often, our pugs have been abandoned, abused and neglected.  It is our responsibility to do all we can to find the best possible homes where they can live the remainder of their lives receiving the love that they deserve. The information is confidential and will not be shared with any individuals or organizations outside of Pug Rescue of Austin.


Is there a minimum age to adopt through PRA?

Becoming a pet owner involves an ongoing commitment (in some cases over 15 years or more) to provide quality nutrition, health care and a great deal of love and patience.  It has been our experience that before the age of 21, most people are not equipped to make such a commitment primarily because they are not financially stable. This is an important point to consider, because if a person is not financially stable, the entire health and well-being of the pet will be at risk.  PRA will generally not approve an applicant who is under 21 but will consider on a case-by-case basis younger applicants who have demonstrated maturity, responsibility and financial stability. 

Who We Are

Pug Rescue of Austin is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of abused, neglected and unwanted pugs. We do not discriminate on the basis of health or age.

Our mission is to provide a safe, caring and humane refuge for abandoned pugs and to ensure quality adoptive homes.

Pug Rescue of Austin promotes responsible pug ownership through public education about the unique needs of pugs and a mandatory spay/neuter policy. 

We are a volunteer based organization with no paid staff. We rely solely on donations and fundraisers to cover the medical expenses of our rescue pugs.

Come Visit Us

Visit us online at pugrescueaustin.com

Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/pugrescueaustin

Contact us at info@pugrescueaustin.com

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