Adoption FAQ

Adoption FAQ’s

How do I apply for a pug?
It’s really easy! Just click on the Pug Adoption Application tab and fill out the form. This helps us to get an idea of which pug might be suitable for your home and family. Once received, your application will be reviewed by the PPRA team in your state. Try to give us as much information as you can and please note that we will only contact you if we feel there is a pug that is suited to you.
Can I meet the pug?
If your application is shortlisted and you are contacted by one of our PPRA team, the next step may include a meet and greet with the rescue pug you applied for and their foster carer. This would entail scheduling a mutually beneficial time and may be at your residence so the foster carer can conduct a home visit. Please note, there may be multiple home visits throughout the adoption process, depending on the needs of the particular pug. It is important that any resident dog/s are present during the meet and greet, as we must ensure that you, your family and the rescue pug are the most compatible match. It is important that we (and you) know that the dogs are going to get along.
What comes after the Meet and Greet?
If the meet and greet is successful (and is undertaken away from your premises), then we will organise a home visit. This is not at all intrusive, but we will need to check your yard for secure fencing, see where the pug will sleep and whether they have access to the outside and inside as per our requirements. After a successful home visit (or follow up visit if changes are necessary before the pug comes to you), the pug will either come to you for a trial or direct adoption – this depends on the circumstances and is up to the discretion of the primary foster carer and PPRA administration. Once the specified trial period is up and you wish to continue with the adoption (there is no obligation whatsoever – we want everyone to feel confident, supported and happy), we require a contractual agreement and payment of the adoption fee before the pug is transferred into your name. Please note, adoption fees generally range from $850 – $1500 depending on the vet work required.
What does the pug come with?
Our rescues come with the lot! When a pug is rescued by us, we get all the necessities done: desexing, heartworm testing and treating (if applicable), microchipping, vaccinations, worming and flea treatment. Any other medical requirements are provided immediately. Each pug is fostered in a family home so they are exposed to lots of interaction with children, toys and other dogs. They are given toys to play with, some basic obedience training, toilet training, good food and importantly, lots of love and affection!
How much is the adoption fee?
Adoption fees for Pug Patrol rescues start from $850 and vary depending on the age of the pug, it’s health, vet work undertaken (please refer to previous answer to see what vet work we provide) and whether the rescue is a full pug or a pug cross.  
Do you do interstate adoptions?
As a general rule, we do not facilitate interstate adoptions. This is for a few reasons – firstly, most of our pugs get a lot of interest from potential adopters in their ‘home state’ or where they were rescued. This makes the meet and greet and the home visit process a lot more straight forward for our volunteers and prospective adoptive families. Also, after everything our rescues have been through, we like to minimise the stress while they transition from foster care to adoptive home – transporting them via car on long trips or even flying can cause unnecessary stress and trauma for the pug. If on the off chance that we struggled to find a suitable home for one of our pugs in their home state, we would consider interstate adoption as a last resort, but would favour a state that we already operate in. We currently have teams in NSW/ACT, QLD and SA but are looking to grow into the other states soon.


We are an Australian-wide Registered Charity committed to rescuing pugs, pug crosses and other brachycephalic breeds from abuse, neglect and exploitative breeding. Our experienced team of passionate foster carers, veterinarians and administrators are committed to providing the best care for all our rescues.