Puggles & Pitties is a very small rescue based in San Diego, CA. I rescue just a handful of dogs at a time, rehabilitate them as necessary, and find their new forever homes. I focus on puggles (see description below), pit bull-type dogs, and boxers.
The puggles & boxers I rescue come from rural shelters in states like MO, IL, IA, OK, OH, KY, and GA. I'm frequently asked why I rescue those dogs and not local dogs. The fact of the matter is that very few puggles are dying in the shelters in Southern California (and if you know of one at risk, let me know)! The rural shelters I work with have 90% euthanasia rates (meaning that's how many of their dogs are killed) and they are horrible places. The facilities usually have 3 - 5 runs each; the kennels are generally outdoors regardless of the climate, and there are too many dogs crammed together into each kennel. Some of the shelters are still using gas chambers to put the dogs down. So yes, I rescue from out of this area. In many cases I'm the only chance those dogs have of getting out alive.
I also have begun responding to Craig's List ads if the dogs are listed as "Free to Good Home." These are the worst possible types of ads for dogs, so if I know of one I'll try and convince the owner to surrender the dog to me rather than to Joe Schmoe who responded to the ad.
The exception to this are the pit bulls I rescue. I will ONLY rescue pitties from Southern CA because I must be able to evaluate them myself before committing to them.
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED
I am urgently looking for foster homes! In this economy, more and more people are getting rid of their beloved companions. Shelters and rescues across the country are PACKED to the rafters! We can save more dogs if we have more foster homes to put them in!
Fostering is really very easy...the dog lives with you just as if s/he were your very own but I pay for all of the medical bills that may be associated with his rehabilitation and care. I don't ask for any additional commitment of your time; anything that the dog needs to do or appointments he needs to get to will be taken care of by the rescue. And in the process of enjoying your foster dog, you are saving both his life AND the life of the dog you've made room for in the rescue simply by giving him a place to lay his head at night.
If you'd be interested in opening up your home as temporary residence for a dog in need, please contact me for a Foster Application. There are dogs of all ages, sexes, and sizes, so I'm sure we have one in need that would fit your home!
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TIME FOR FUN: TAKE THIS QUIZ!
This website has a great quiz to see if YOU can recognize what a pit bull really is. Of all the pictures shown, there is only one American Pit Bull Terrier. The rest of the pictures are breeds that are commonly confused for being pits or referred to as pits.
A puggle is a mix between a pug and a beagle. They are considered by some to be "designer dogs," along the lines of a labradoodle or a cockapoo. In reality, puggles are mutts, mixed breeds like any other, except we know what the mix is. Giving them a cute name doesn't change that fact, but it does change the price of them dramatically.
One day a pug and a beagle got frisky and out popped a really cute accident. Now backyard breeders and puppy mills all over the country are popping these dogs out by the thousands and selling them in pet stores and online for $500 - $2,000 a piece. Make no mistake about it - this is NOT a recognized breed. Anyone who tells you they are in it for the betterment of the breed is feeding you a line. They are in it for the money.
Puggles shouldn't even exist in this world except a very rare coincidental accident every now and again. The idea that these dogs are now dying in shelters all over our country sickens me.
Before deciding that a puggle is the right dog for you, please research BOTH breeds very carefully.
Pugs and beagles have very separate and distinct health problems. The breeders will tell you that crossing these two breeds eliminates the health problems in each, but you can also have the opposite effect - your dog may actually have all of the health problems related to BOTH breeds!
Never underestimate the smarts of any dog, but especially a puggle on a mission! These little guys are clever and need to be kept busy with brain-stimulating activities. If you don't give them something to do, they will find something, and you may not be happy with the results! Because of their smaller size and boundless energy levels, puggles are excellent agility dogs and do wonderfully with positive reinforcement training.
As with any dog you adopt, you must have patience. They need to get acclimated to their new environment and they need to feel safe. Chances are, before they get to you they will have been in at least 3 homes during the rescue process. They need to know they are with you to stay. You must be 100% committed to them and you need to show them that every single day of their lives.
If you are ready to welcome a wonderful, playful lovebug into your home and commit to him for his WHOLE LIFE, please read below about the adoption process.
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When you are ready to commit to a dog for his/her WHOLE LIFE, please complete the Adoption Application; you can download it HERE. You can either return the Application to me via fax (619-764-4005) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
My adoption process includes the following:
1. You fill out an Application and return it to me.
2. I review your Application and follow up with a phone call to ask questions and get a better sense of the person behind the app.
3. Vet reference is checked, as is verifying with your landlord that the dog is permitted in the home (if applicable).
4. Meeting your dog. We will arrange for you to meet the dog you are interested in at a location mutually convenient to all. I do not have a shelter facility nor do I hold adoption events, so all meetings are done on a one-on-one basis by appointment. If there are children or other dogs in your home, this is also the time to see if your potential new family member gets along well with them.
5. Home visit. Every potential forever home must undergo a home visit before the dog will be released to your care. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
6. Finally, if all goes well, you will be able to bring your new family member home!!
Criminal background checks are run on all applicants of "bully breed" dogs.
All dogs adopted through Puggles & Pitties will be altered prior to adoption and will be up to date on all shots, as appropriate for the dog's age.
The fees to adopt a dog from Puggles & Pitties are as follows:
Puppies under 1 yr: $300 Adults 1 - 5 yrs: $250 Adults over 5 yrs: $200
These donations help offset some of the costs associated with rescuing your dog. I spend approximately $500 on each dog to get them ready to go to their new home.
Thank you for considering a Puggles & Pitties dog!!