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Puggles & Pitties is a very small rescue based in San Diego, CA. I rescue just a handful of dogs at a time, rehabilitate them as necessary, and find their new forever homes. I focus on puggles (see description below), pit bull-type dogs, and boxers.

We rescue dogs from Southern CA shelters. Because of the high number of dogs dying from overcrowding in the shelters, we can not accept owner surrenders.






FOSTER HOMES NEEDED

I am urgently looking for foster homes! Shelters and rescues across the country are PACKED to the rafters! We can save more dogs if we have more foster homes to put them in!

Fostering is really very easy...the dog lives with you just as if s/he were your very own but I pay for all of the medical bills that may be associated with his rehabilitation and care. I don't ask for any additional commitment of your time; anything that the dog needs to do or appointments he needs to get to will be taken care of by the rescue. And in the process of enjoying your foster dog, you are saving both his life AND the life of the dog you've made room for in the rescue simply by giving him a place to lay his head at night.

If you'd be interested in opening up your home as temporary residence for a dog in need, please contact me for a Foster Application. There are dogs of all ages, sexes, and sizes, so I'm sure we have one in need that would fit your home!






What's a Puggle??

A puggle is a mix between a pug and a beagle. They are considered by some to be "designer dogs," along the lines of a labradoodle or a cockapoo. In reality, puggles are mutts, mixed breeds like any other, except we know what the mix is. Giving them a cute name doesn't change that fact, but it does change the price of them dramatically.

One day a pug and a beagle got frisky and out popped a really cute accident. Now backyard breeders and puppy mills all over the country are popping these dogs out by the thousands and selling them in pet stores and online for $500 - $2,000 a piece. Make no mistake about it - this is NOT a recognized breed. Anyone who tells you they are in it for the betterment of the breed is feeding you a line. They are in it for the money.

Puggles shouldn't even exist in this world except a very rare coincidental accident every now and again. The idea that these dogs are now dying in shelters all over our country sickens me.

Before deciding that a puggle is the right dog for you, please research BOTH breeds very carefully.

Pugs and beagles have very separate and distinct health problems. The breeders will tell you that crossing these two breeds eliminates the health problems in each, but you can also have the opposite effect - your dog may actually have all of the health problems related to BOTH breeds!

Never underestimate the smarts of any dog, but especially a puggle on a mission! These little guys are clever and need to be kept busy with brain-stimulating activities. If you don't give them something to do, they will find something, and you may not be happy with the results! Because of their smaller size and boundless energy levels, puggles are excellent agility dogs and do wonderfully with positive reinforcement training.

As with any dog you adopt, you must have patience. They need to get acclimated to their new environment and they need to feel safe. Chances are, before they get to you they will have been in at least 3 homes during the rescue process. They need to know they are with you to stay. You must be 100% committed to them and you need to show them that every single day of their lives.

If you are ready to welcome a wonderful, playful lovebug into your home and commit to him for his WHOLE LIFE, please read below about the adoption process.



Adopting Your New Best Friend

When you are ready to commit to a dog for his/her WHOLE LIFE, please complete the Adoption Application; you can download it HERE. You can either return the Application to me via fax (619-764-4005) or email (mdgrrrl@msn.com).

My adoption process includes the following:

1. You fill out an Application and return it to me.
2. I review your Application and follow up with a phone call to ask questions and get a better sense of the person behind the app.
3. Vet reference is checked, as is verifying with your landlord that the dog is permitted in the home (if applicable).
4. Meeting your dog. We will arrange for you to meet the dog you are interested in at a location mutually convenient to all. I do not have a shelter facility nor do I hold adoption events, so all meetings are done on a one-on-one basis by appointment. If there are children or other dogs in your home, this is also the time to see if your potential new family member gets along well with them.
5. Home visit. Every potential forever home must undergo a home visit before the dog will be released to your care. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
6. Finally, if all goes well, you will be able to bring your new family member home!!

Criminal background checks are run on all applicants of "bully breed" dogs. All dogs adopted through Puggles & Pitties will be altered prior to adoption and will be up to date on all shots, as appropriate for the dog's age.



Thank you for considering a Puggles & Pitties dog!!




PO Box 16305
San Diego, CA 92176-6305
Phone: (619) 405-5456
Fax: (619) 764-4005
http://pugglesnpitties.org
Email: mdgrrrl@msn.com
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