Why buy? Give an abandoned pug a forever home he deserves – adopt from PUREBRED rescue centers
After Christmas and New Year’s social media is filled with posts of new family puppies that came as gifts. Statistics show that almost 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters simply because their owners didn’t want them anymore. The problem is usually the disconnect of thought that does not allow owners to connect with the pups once they grow up. Once dogs start “misbehaving” and displaying aggression they are usually left at shelters.
That’s terrible for the mental state of the dogs, but lucky for dog lovers who believe in adopting rather than buying. Earlier the idea of a dog shelter was synonymous to mix-breed pooches. But slowly that concept is changing too. A few dog shelters are now specializing in the rehabilitation of purebred dogs like Golden Retrievers, Bull Terriers and Pugs who have become a victim to human whimsy. There are organizations that only cater to the needs of a specific breed like the Golden Retriever Club of America.
Where can you find a reliable purebred rescue network for adopting a pug?
The American Kennel Club or AKC has its very own rescue network. This awesome network of dog fanciers, breeders and foster care makes sure that dog lovers find purebred dogs and puppies that are in need of a loving home. These dogs are usually certified, micro-chipped and spayed when they are taken in by the “shelters”. Health issues are hardly ever the reason for their abandonment. At least in case of pugs, the issues are more related to obsessive licking, snoring, loud breathing and toilet training difficulties. However, these are hardly reason enough for abandoning pugs, since the first three are inherent of this short-snout breed. And the success in toilet training usually depends upon the patience levels of their owners and the techniques used.
What’s the most common cause of pug abandonment in the US?
The lack of knowledge about pugs is one of the prime reasons they are one of the most frequenting breeds at rescue centers. Yes, they are fanatic lickers. They can lick anything and everything in their way including your feet, furniture and the air. They make loud noises while swishing their tongue in the air and it can indeed be very annoying to be woken up by pug-licking noises in the middle of the night. But then again, it is no trade-secret that they are loud. Their short snouts and blocked nostrils cause them to face breathing difficulties. This is something every breeder knows and should be telling the buyers who are looking for purebred pug puppies. All dog lovers who have had pugs or have been interested in pugs already know that they have a milieu of breathing problems and digestive issues that makes them a little more challenging to handle as compared to other small breeds.
Why is adopting better than buying pug puppies?
Buying new puppies involve a lot of commitment and time. From quizzing the breeders to getting the puppy registered with ACK, there are a lot of tasks to be undertaken for the well-being of the new family member. Then comes the rounds of vaccines, toilet training and spaying. Well, what if you could get the dog of your dreams but you had to do none of these? Yes, that’s absolutely possible! But, only if you open your home to a rescue dog.
Most of the pugs received by rescue and rehabilitation shelters are already neutered or spayed. They have already gone through the first rounds of vaccination. And are usually toilet trained, if not more. Most of the pugs at the purebred rescue centers also have their registration documents from AKC and health certificate stating the history of genetic conditions he/she may be carrying from his/her parents. Most of these purebred rescue centers preserve all the documents that come with these abandoned pooches so you can understand the gravity of the responsibility you will be undertaking.
What is AKC Rescue Network?
The AKC Rescue Network is officially the largest rescue network in the history of America. It was recognized by AKC back in 2013 and since then, 160 unique (pure) breeds have been hosted and adopted in the network. This is a network of over 450 rescue groups who focus on the well-being of abandoned dogs. The National Breeds Clubs are often the leaders of these groups that help these pooches find a forever home. The movement is spearheaded by breeders and dog fanciers where the dogs are usually fostered or rehabilitated for as long as necessary before they are rehomed.
What is the advantage of working with/adopting from a purebred rescue group?
In most cases, these purebred groups know the breeds they are dealing with. The distinct categorization of the dogs helps the workers to interact with them properly. They know what kind of temperament and personality to expect.
In contrast to shelters, most purebred rescue groups have better funding and the resources necessary to take care of the abandoned dogs. They usually do not face the looming threat of euthanasia and are treated better in the process. They get regular medical attention and most rescue groups often work with privately practicing vets to treat the abandoned pooches for injuries or congenital disorders they might be living with.
The rescue pugs are often in better health. Their acquaintance with families and varied handlers make them more even tempered, easy to train and suitable as family pets.
What should you do to ensure that you can give your pug a forever home?
According to Linda Reider, the President of Michigan Purebred Dog Rescue Alliance, “You should research on the temperament and behavior of different breeds in case you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent to a purebred pug. You should rely on the information provided by registered websites and the library before you go ahead with the adoption process. Dog shows are a good place to know what breed would suit you best.” More often than not, the lack of compatibility between the owners and the breeds is the cause of increased levels of abandonment. This can be eliminated by studying the breeds closely. You can locate your local group of purebred rescuers and start speaking with them to initiate the process.