Pug Rescue & Sanctuary Owasso does not sell dogs, we adopt them out to compatible and loving homes for an adoption fee of $300.00. Many people ask us: "Why so much to adopt a Pug?" Here's why...
Pugs adopted through us are examined by our veterinarian
are neutered/spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested, receive heartworm and flea/tick preventative and are micro-chipped. In many cases, Pugs may have had other medical issues that require multiple procedures, treatments and surgeries or lengthy hospital stays while in our care. Pug Rescue Owasso will disclose any medical conditions that we know about prior to the adoption. Our adoption fees help cover only PART of the costs incurred while the Pug is in our care. It also helps cover costs of future incoming Pugs, Veterinary bills and running our rescue.
Prior to filling out an application, please read through these things that you must know:
Complete Adoption Application
The first step in the adoption process is filling out the application on our website. This application will tell us about you and your lifestyle, your home environment, and your experience with pet ownership,
We are completely Foster based, meaning our Pugs are placed in volunteer private homes. Because of this, Pug Rescue Owasso does not accommodate introductions with one of our Pugs without the adoption application being completed.
Our Board of Directors will screen your application to determine if the necessary information was provided. If not, you will be emailed to provide additional information. Please allow 24–48 hours for someone to get back to you.
Criminal Background Check
A criminal background check is required to adopt a Pug through our rescue and will be performed on every person 18 or over living in the household. We reserve the right to deny your application based on the results the background check. In saying this, EACH person 18 or over in the household is required to be listed on this application. Please no surprises, if the number of people are reduced or increased in your home, contact us immediately so we can update your information.
If the background check reveals that you are currently on probation, have a pattern of criminal behavior, have a history of violence, and/or have had recent instability in your life that would not be suitable for adopting a Pug, or you refuse a background check, your application will be denied.
Landlord Approval Verified
If you rent your home, your landlord will be contacted to make sure you have permission to have a dog in your home. If your landlord does not allow for a dog in your home, your application will be denied.
Veterinary References Contacted
A volunteer will contact the veterinary reference(s) you provided to determine if your current pets are spayed/neutered, kept up-to-date on vaccinations, maintained on monthly heartworm preventative, and generally well cared for on a consistent basis. If you do not currently have pets, we will ask about the veterinary care that your previous pets received. If you have never owned a pet, this step is skipped.
If your veterinary reference(s) cannot verify care history, spay/neuter, and vaccination status of your pet(s), processing of your application will be held until you can provide this information. Exemptions to our spay/neuter policy are granted on a case-by-case basis if there is a veterinary recommendation to not spay/neuter based on health status.
Personal References Contacted
A volunteer will contact your personal references and ask them questions in regards to whether they consider you a responsible pet owner. This step in the process can take the most amount of time.
If we have any major concerns about adopting a Pug to you based on communication with your references, your application will be denied at this point in the process.
Pug Rescue Owasso, Inc requires home visits to determine that the Pug will be living in a safe environment. Once your application has passed the initial screening and reference checks, a volunteer will contact you to schedule a time to visit your home. We ask that each person and pets residing in the home be present during the visit.
This is a chance for us to get to know you, your lifestyle, home environment, and help our team determine which Pug(s) in our program might be the best fit. Our home visit isn’t intrusive; we aren’t there to inspect every inch of the home. We’re there to meet everyone in the home, view the main living areas, view the yard, and to speak with the entire family in regards to their knowledge of and interest in the joys and the challenges of bringing a rescued Pug into the home. The home visit volunteer’s purpose is to gather information, ask and answer questions, and provide their observations to our Board Directors.
If you live outside the Owasso/Tulsa or even Oklahoma areas, we will make every effort to network and find a local volunteer from another rescue to conduct the home visit. Distance is a factor in whether or not the required home visit can be completed. We are a 100% volunteer-run organization. Although we do have volunteer contacts in many areas, some areas may be difficult for us to locate a volunteer to conduct the home visit.
If our home visit volunteer has any major concerns about your home environment, or if you refuse a home visit, your application will be denied.
Pug Rescue Owasso, Inc. uses the information provided on the application, background check, vet/personal reference checks, and home visit to determine an applicant’s suitability for adopting or fostering a Pug. We reserve the right to refuse any applicant for any reason if we feel the needs of the Pug will not be properly met or the adoption is not in the best interest of the Pug.
Once an application is processed and approved, we will begin matching one of our Pugs to your family! While it’s easy to fall in love with a picture, it is the Pug’s personality and temperament that determine whether it may make a great match for you. We work hard to match your desires with the traits and personalities of our Pugs. Please understand that we only want what is best for our Pugs, so if we don’t think a specific Pug is a good fit for you, we’re not passing judgment on you or your family but are drawing on years of experience with Pugs, and, more importantly, experience with the Pugs in our program. Submitting an application for a specific Pug does not guarantee your ability to adopt.
Arranging a Meet-and-Greet
All of our Pugs are fostered in private homes until adopted. We do not arrange meetings between interested individuals and our Pugs until an applicant has been approved via this adoption process.
Once you are approved to adopt, we realize there may have been a Pug or two you found on our website that you fell in love with and we do our very best to help you adopt that particular Pug, but we will need to “match” you with Pugs in our program that meet your criteria and that we believe may be suitable for your family and lifestyle.
Finalizing the Adoption
We will email the necessary adoption contract paperwork. The adopter is required to review and sign an adoption contract and either submit a check when your Pug is delivered or send the adoption fee via our Paypal link on our website. Once the adoption is finalized, all medical records will be given to you to submit to your veterinarian.
To ensure a successful adoption, we have a network of volunteers happy to answer any questions and help you work through issues that may arise while your new dog is transitioning into your home, or 10 years down the road! Additionally, we will perform 2 follow-up home visits; one visit 2 weeks after adoption and a second visit, 3 months after adoption to make sure everything is going ok for both adopter and for the Pug.
Pug Rescue Owasso, Inc is committed to the life, health, and well-being of every Pug we place for the remainder of that Pug’s life. Should the adoption not work out or you need to rehome the Pug, we require by contract that you make immediate contact with us and return the dog to our care.
Possible Reasons for a Denied Application: