Adopt a Pug
Pugs make wonderful pets for many people, but not everyone. Similarly, not every pug is a good match for everyone who hopes to adopt a rescue pug.
If you are looking for a puppy, a rescue pug may not be right for you. SPR seldom has pugs less than 1 year old. If you will only accept a young pug, we recommend you contact the Puget Sound Pug Dog Club and ask for a list of reputable breeders who will have young puppies.
Read about adoption from the Pug's point of view! Click here for our exclusive "Interview With the Pug."
Our adoption application process is designed to ensure that the pugs we place end up in homes that are a good match for them. The process is tried and true and has been developed and refined over many years. Each step is in place for a reason. Please note: We reserve the right to refuse an application.
Please follow the instructions below for submitting an adoption application; otherwise, we will not be able to consider your application.
- There is a non-refundable application fee of $12.50, payable via PayPal (no PayPal account required) or check when you submit your application.
- You must be at least 18 years old to submit an application or inform SPR that you are not 18, have your parent's or legal guardian's approval to submit an application, and have your parent or legal guardian present during your home check.
- If you are age 60 or more and you are interested in adopting a pug who is 8 or more years old, you are eligible for our Seniors for Seniors program. After you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by SPR. Your adoption coordinator can give you details on discounted adoption fees.
- At this time, homes with children under the age of six (6) will not be considered. We have adopted this policy due to the number of pugs surrendered from homes with children under the age of six. Although the pug breed has a well-deserved reputation for being good with children, rescue dogs come with unknown life experiences that may make them unsuitable for homes with very young children. You may want to consider purchasing a puppy to grow up with your children. If so, we suggest you contact the Puget Sound Pug Dog Club, who will refer you to reputable breeders in the area. Please, never buy puppies from a pet store.
- Seattle Pug Rescue will not place pugs in homes with large reptiles, birds of prey, or wolf-hybrid dogs.
- To apply, please fill out the online adoption application, and pay the non-refundable $12.50 fee through PayPal.
- All applicants must have home check by one of our volunteers before a pug can be adopted. Please allow some time to pass between the submission of your application and your interview. Remember we are an all-volunteer organization and we do things as quickly as we can, but they are not always as quickly as people who are eager to add a pug to their family might like.
- Once you have been approved you will be contacted by our adoption coordinator to discuss available pugs we feel would be a good fit. Two things: 1) Available pugs are not listed on our website, we will let you know who is available upon completion of your interview. 2) Our pugs are not in kennels, they are in foster homes, so there is not one place to go to meet available pugs.
- Successful applicants must sign an Adoption Contract and Hold Harmless Agreement before an adoption can be finalized.
- There is an adoption fee for each pug placed, due on adoption. The fee ranges from $50 to $525, depending on age and health of the pug. Each pug is evaluated and the fee is determined on an individual basis. This fee helps to cover a part of the medical expenses incurred for the pugs. We will discuss this fee in advance of your adoption of a pug. The fee is not negotiable, and unfortunately we cannot take payments.
- Do not send more than one application. If you are concerned about the status of your application, please contact SPR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If your appliction is approved and you have not adopted a pug within four months of approval, your file will be deactivated.
- If you are unable to complete the online application, please download the printed application (PDF), and mail it with a check for the application fee to the address on the form.
Please be aware that this is a volunteer organization.
We will respond to your application as quickly as possible.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
Seattle Pug Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.