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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
How does the adoption process work?The adoption process begins by sending an application form to adopt a Pug. Only fully completed forms will be considered and all applicants must be at least 18 years of age. When your application is received, you will be contacted by an OPR Volunteer to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. Once you have completed the telephone interview, the information then goes to the Adoption Committee to match you with a Pug based on your request and situation. When that match is determined, you will be contacted by an Adoption Coordinator to tell you about the Pug. We follow up with an email providing detailed information and pictures of that Pug. If you are in agreement with the match, we set up a home visit. See Why is the home visit necessary?
How long does it take?As we are all Volunteers, please be patient! We try our best to get to your application as soon as we possibly can. Once your phone interview has taken place, the matching process begins. Length of time for adoption all depends on what you are asking for. Although we get Pugs of all ages in rescue, we never know what type of Pug is coming in and when. However, we may have exactly what you are looking for when you apply. If so, expect to hear from us right away! If not, we will contact you as soon as the right Pug comes in
Where can I visit the Pug?OPR does not have a facility; all rescue Pugs are fostered in private homes by OPR volunteers.
How much is the adoption fee?The adoption fee is based on the age of the Pug and is the only major source of funding for this rescue. It is what keeps us going because it is used to pay for veterinary care and shelter fees. Without this fee we would not be able to continue our work. It is based on the average cost of providing you with a Pug that is thoroughly examined by a veterinarian, neutered or spayed, current on shots, heartworm negative, and microchipped for identification.
What kind of references should I provide?Any personal references you feel comfortable providing but preferably someone who knows you well and has seen you interact with your current or previous pets or their pets. All references must be at least 21 years of age. No application is considered complete unless it contains both a veterinary reference as well as personal references. We do follow up on these and you should alert your personal references that they will receive a phone call from us.
Must my yard be fenced?Having a fenced yard is always preferable and sometimes required depending on the Pug. We mostly look for responsible homes committed to safely providing for the needs of their adopted Pug for its lifetime. An acceptable means of restraint for safely keeping the dog in your yard will be necessary.
What if we can't keep our adopted Pug?Only applicants who are committed to providing a lifetime of love and responsible care for their Pug will be considered for adoption. If you are already wondering what to do if you relocate, get married, have children, or cannot afford expensive health problems, then please do not consider adopting any pet. However, we realize that sometimes circumstances are unavoidable. In these cases you are required to return your Pug to this rescue so that it can be carefully re-homed.
Why is the home visit necessary?Home visits are a standard practice of all reputable rescue organizations. They are required to provide a first-hand look at the potential home and to verify basic information provided on the application. The visit takes place with the Pug in order to make sure any other pets in the home get along with the Pug, which is the most imporant aspect. For this reason, applications are accepted from Ohio residents only. If you live outside of Ohio, please contact your local Pug rescue. You can view a list of national Pug rescues at www.Pugrescue.com. We do not ship Pugs - there are no exceptions.
Is obedience training necessary? What about crating?No dogs are "instant pets" and they all require some work. Obedience training is a wonderful way to help a new dog adjust and will reinforce already learned commands or provide learning them for the first time. It will help the Pug accept that you are in charge and ease the building of a bond with you. All dogs do best when provided with positive reinforcement and gentle methods of training. We highly recommend that you carefully choose a trainer.
Top 10 Reasons To Adopt A Rescue:
10. In a Word - Housebroken
9. Intact Underwear
8. A Good Night's Sleep
7. Finish the Newspaper
6. Easier Vet Trips
5. What You See Is What You Get
4. Unscarred Children (and Adults)
3. Matchmaker Make Me a Match
2. Instant Companion
1. Bond, Puggy Bond
OPR does not adopt outside of the state of Ohio, no exceptions. If you live outside Ohio and wish to adopt a Pug, please refer to your local Pug rescue.