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I live outside your service area - can I still adopt?

At this time, due to our volunteer resources, we are only able to adopt in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. Special circumstances will be considered case by case. 

How do I adopt?

The first step is completing an adoption application. Once submitted, your personal and vet references will be checked. You will then be contacted by an APR volunteer. There will be a brief phone interview to discuss your household situation and what ages and kinds of dogs you’re interested in adopting. Then, a brief home visit will be arranged with a local volunteer. Once your application is approved, you will be placed on our approved adopter waiting list. Your application will remain active for two years.

Why is there an adoption fee?

APR charges adoption fees on a sliding scale to help cover our intake and medical costs. Some dogs in our care require surgery and have medical bills in the thousands. Even young dogs sometimes need to be spayed or neutered. All pugs adopted are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped.

What is a home visit?

A home visit is an in-person (virtual if circumstances require) interview. Our trained volunteers will visit you to confirm all of the details on your application, including other pets in the home, safety, and fencing. Our goal is to ensure that our pugs are adopted to safe and loving forever homes.

How do I find out if I am approved?

An APR volunteer will contact you to let you know whether you have been approved to adopt a pug. Please be patient – we are all volunteers, you will be contacted. 

Do I contact you with questions after the adoption?

Yes, APR will support our adoptive families. We encourage you to stay in touch with our adoption coordinators during the transition period and beyond. We love to stay connected with our pugs. And count on a volunteer to keep in touch with you!

Do I get to meet the pug first?

Yes, you will be able to meet your prospective adoptive pug prior to committing. We will arrange with the foster to do a meet and greet.

Will the pug be housetrained?

Many pugs in our foster homes are house trained but we will let you know if your pug is not or is having issues. Sometimes leaving home, transitioning to a foster home, and then moving to the adoptive home is stressful and will cause dogs to regress in their training. Fosters will work with the pug on house training and communicate any recurring issues and the rescue will provide resources to help you re-establish training. We understand that housetraining is an issue for many so we work very hard to make sure your pug receives training during his foster time and you are equipped to help him during his transition to his forever home.

Will the pug be healthy?

We do not release pugs to adopters without a full health screening, vaccinations, and microchip. However, health issues can occur at any time; especially in seniors, so we encourage you to ask questions. You will receive all medical records at the time of adoption.

What happens if I cannot keep my adopted pug?

The APR Adoption contract states you must return the pug into our care should you no longer be able to provide them a good home. Once an APR pug, always an APR pug. If you have any questions, please contact us here

I sent in an application - when will I hear back?

Appalachian Pug Rescue is an all-volunteer organization. We try to process your applications in two weeks or less, but sometimes, especially around holidays, we run behind. If you have not heard back about your application, please contact us here. 


How do I surrender a dog?

We understand that circumstances can be such that families are unable to care for their dogs. We are committed to helping those pugs find new forever homes. The first step is completing our surrender/intake form. Once submitted, a volunteer will contact you to discuss your options.

At times, we may have a waiting period until a foster home does open. If it is an emergency, we will work with you to find a place for the dog to go.

Do I have to make a donation if I surrender my pug to you?

Donations are always welcome, but we understand that sometimes financial circumstances are involved in a surrender. If you can donate, it does help us with our medical costs. If you cannot, we understand.

What if my dog has health issues? Will you still accept him or her?

Yes, but we do ask that you be truthful so we can place the dog in the best foster home and get any needed treatment ASAP.

Will you provide medical care?

Yes, we provide any medical care that the pug may need. In some instances, a pug may be deemed to be best cared for in a hospice foster home, as palliative care is the best option. We work with our veterinary partners to make the best determination for the pug.


How do I get approved to foster?

The first step is completing our foster application. A volunteer will be in touch to complete your reference and home checks. You will then meet with the director to discuss the foster process and responsibilities. Once approved, you will be contacted when incoming pugs in your area are a good match.

Can I adopt the pug I foster?

In most cases this is allowed. It will be considered on a case by case basis. 

What are the foster responsibilities?

You will be expected to keep the animal safe and secure, return it to APR when requested to do so, and not promise the animal to anyone, or imply that you have the authority to approve a potential adoption. APR retains ownership of all animals placed in foster care and will make all decisions regarding the adoption and placement of the animals fostered.

Unless otherwise arranged, the foster parent is responsible for providing all food, bedding, and toys for the animal while it is in their care at home. The foster parent is responsible for transporting the animals to and from veterinary appointments, surgery, behavior evaluations, vaccinations, etc., unless other arrangements are made in advance. The foster parent may also be responsible for transporting the animal to and from adoption events, and to off-site training classes, at the rescue’s discretion. The foster parent is also responsible for updating the rescue at least weekly on the animal’s condition and veterinary needs (if any).

A Foster Manual will be provided.

Do I get to pick who gets the dog?

Fosters can have input into the adoption process as long as it is impartial.

Will I have help along the way?

Absolutely, the APR team and board, as well as other fosters will be there to help. You can contact us at any time! Your foster manual will detail the particulars.


How old do I have to be to volunteer?

We accept volunteers of all ages, but we do ask that volunteers be 25 or older to transport or foster. Younger volunteers are welcome to share their time and talents to help pugs.

I’m unable to foster or adopt. How else can I help?

There are lots of ways to help! We need people with marketing talent, computer skills, organization skills – you name it! You can make calls to check references or do home visits. You can transport pugs to and from foster homes or to vet appointments. We need many talents – it takes a village to save pugs. Click here to complete our volunteer form.