What is a rescued Pug?
A rescued Pug is one, which has been relinquished by its owner for a variety of reasons or a Pug who has been saved from the torment and torture of a Puppy Mill. Often a Pug is sold by a pet store that is only interested in a sale. The new family without regard to the cost and/or responsibilities of maintaining the Pug buys the Pug on a whim. It was not discussed with the new owner about the time and patience required for housebreaking or the need to have a male Pug neutered to help to avoid “marking” once the Pug reached puberty. A Pug may have been abused and removed from its home, or it may have been rescued from a puppy mill, family members may be allergic to the Pug, or the death or illness of its owner may occur resulting in the Pug no longer having a home. Sometimes a family’s life style is not considered when the Pug is acquired and/or they find the Pug.

Our organization’s goals and objectives.
It is our belief that every Pug should be in an environment where they are loved and safe. Although we do not believe in the puppy mill industry, we also do not believe that any Pug should be faced with a life inside of a puppy mill. We have therefore taken the stance that whenever we have the opportunity to buy a Pug’s freedom we will do so. When these Pugs are placed on the auction block or just offered for sale at a puppy mill, other mills are invited to the sale. As a result, the Pug will either be sold or if no other mill wants the Pug, it may be destroyed. It is therefore our belief that although our money does in fact benefi t the mill, it frees the Pug and in some cases saves its life. All pugs are examined by our Veterinarian and treated for any health issues that may be present, immunized against Rabies, Distemper, Corona, Bordetella, microchipped, spay/neutered, Heartworm and Fecal tested. After observing the Pug to determine what type of home best suits the Pug’s personality, it will be placed in a home where the love and care of the Pug is a priority. We will take in any Pug whose health will allow it to live in an environment that provides an acceptable quality of life. Any Pug that is not adoptable due to health issues will be permanently placed in a loving foster home to live out their life with dignity and without pain. If it were not for your assistance we would not be able to accomplish our goals. no longer fits in. A change in lifestyle also occurs through divorce or an employment change, and results in the Pug being left without a home.

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Why we rescue from puppy mills.
A puppy mill is a commercial breeder who breeds dogs solely for profi t. Their cramped, crude, filthy conditions and constant breeding distinguish them. At times, as a result of the constant breeding,
these dogs are unhealthy and genetically defective. Female dogs are bred from the fi rst time they go into heat and are bred every cycle. They become so worn down that their puppies are often born dead because they have not been able to provide the unborn puppy with the nutrition needed. The dogs do not have human contact other than when they receive their food and occasionally when their cages are cleaned. Cages are usually stacked on top of each other and as a result, the urine and feces drip onto the dogs below often times creating health issues. Often times a mill will sell some of their dogs to other mills and/or breeders at auction. When these auctions occur we send representatives in as breeders to purchase and forever free the Pugs from the continued torment and torture of living in a mill.

Donations and fund raising.
We are a nonprofi t corporation registered in the State of Michigan. None of our volunteers receive compensation for their efforts. Everyone within our organization donates their time because they love Pugs and believe every Pug deserves a loving, safe and happy home. All income is derived from donations and through fund raising. Donations evolve from various sources. Individuals, groups and/or corporations
contribute their services, supplies and monetary donations.

If you are interested in volunteering, fostering a rescued Pug, or making a donation to our rescue program, please contact Larry Nathan. Your monetary donations may be sent to:
Michigan Pug Rescue
23927 Wesley
Farmington, MI 48335

Our program can always use any of the following supplies:
Crates, bath towels, and harnesses.

Rescue Chairpersons:
Larry and Kathy Nathan
248.473.8389 (phone)
248.471.9717 (fax)