PugHearts of Houston is a non-profit rescue dedicated to giving unwanted and neglected
Pugs a second chance. It is staffed by a network of volunteers in and around the
greater Houston, TX area.
Some of these volunteers donate their time; they pick up dogs, drive them to vet
appointments, process adoption applications and help us out at events we attend
throughout the year. Some volunteers open their hearts and homes to our Rescues
and provide safe, loving foster homes for these dogs.
None of our dogs stay in a shelter or kennel. All of our dogs are in private foster
homes throughout the area. They learn to live (some of them for the first time)
in a home with foster siblings and parents who teach them how to be part of a loving
family. These fosters will try to get them ready for the next phase of their lives
– when they get to join their new forever home!
Interesting in Adopting? Here's what you should do...
Read the FAQ below. Click the Pugs?
tabs at the top of this website to read more about PugHearts and the
breed. Taking the time to do some research about the breed will ensure that this
is the right breed for you.
Look over the Our Dogs
section to see if we have a
pug available that would be a good match for you and your family. Any dog listed
in this section is available unless their bio states they are on medical hold. As
soon as a dog is adopted out they are moved to our Success
Complete an adoption application using the Adopt
on this website. Be sure to answer every single question as an incomplete application
will not be processed.Remember, there is no obligation or commitment when you fill
out an application. Even if you are approved, we will not place a pug with you until
you (& we!) are certain you have found the perfect match. To make sure of this
we will conduct a home visit as well a Meet & Greet with you and your potential
adoptee. Our goal is to make sure that our Rescues find their true FOREVER
home and never find themselves homeless again.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can I come see the dogs?
A: No, our dogs do not live at a shelter; they are in private foster homes.
Q: How will I know which dog is right for me?
A: Start by reading the bios and looking at the photos of the dog. If you find one
you think you are interested in, complete an adoption application and list that
dog on it. One of our volunteers will contact you (usually within a week or so)
to talk to you about your application and that dog. If it sounds like a good fit,
we will then arrange a “meet & greet” for you and that dog.
Q: Is there any way I can meet a dog before putting in an application?
A: If you do not have an approved adoption application on file, we will not schedule
a “meet & greet” for you and a dog. However, we do try to bring
as many of our rescues as possible to the Houston Pug Meetup. This is held the first
Saturday of every month at Danny Jackson Dog Park. We usually have several volunteers
there too who can answer general questions about PugHearts. NO
take place during the meetups, they are for socialization only.
Q: What if I want a dog but don’t see one on your website I’d like?
A: Complete the adoption application. Unfortunately, we always have more dogs
coming into our care. If you complete an application and we have it already approved,
then we can contact you if a dog comes in that meets your request. Also, if you
see one added to our website that you’d like to meet we can proceed directly
to that step – no waiting for your application to be processed!
Q: How much is it to adopt a dog?
A: There is a $250
for adults and $300
for puppies adoption fee. This
covers all medical expenses for the dog including rabies and other vaccinations,
spay/neuter, heartworm testing and microchipping.
Q: Do I have to pay anything to put in an application?
A: No. We do not collect the adoption fee until your new furry family member is
Q: What if I think I want to adopt but I’m not sure yet?
A: Completing the adoption application does not place you under any obligation.
If you change your mind, just drop us an email or use the contact form and tell
us you would like to withdraw your application. Or you can tell us you would like
to put it “on hold” until you are sure. There is no commitment when
you fill out the application.
Q: How long does it take to process an adoption application?
A: Usually 2 -3 weeks, though not always. Processing time varies depending upon
how many applications we have recently received and how many volunteers we have
helping us at the time.
Q: I put in an adoption application but haven’t heard anything. How do I contact
A: Use the Contact form on our website. We are an all volunteer staff which means
we all work full time jobs and help out in our free time. One of our volunteers
will get back with you shortly, though not always on the same day.
Q: How do I become a volunteer/foster?
A: Fill out the Contact
form on our website. Someone
will get in touch with you to discuss your area of interest.
Q: How do I contact PugHearts for more information?
A: For any general inquiries or comments, please use our Contact
form to leave us a message.
Q: How do I contact PugHearts in an emergency?
A: If you know of a Pug that is in danger, please use our
form and select the “Urgent - Pug In Danger”
option from our drop-down menu. Also, if you need to surrender a pug or have found
a pug that you would like us to pick up, use the contact form and select the “I
would like to surrender a pug
” selection. If email is not an option
you can contact our Emergency Hotline at 281-968-4958
. Leave a message after
the tone – we will be notified immediately that a message has been left and
we will contact you shortly. Please note that this is an Emergency Hotline only
– messages regarding adoption applications and general questions should not
be left at this number – use the contact form instead.
Q: I saw a Pug at my local animal control shelter. How do I let PugHearts know it
A: While PugHearts works very closely with all of the local shelters and will probably
already know about this dog (most shelters have a mandatory waiting period before
the dog can be released to a Rescue) you may know about one that we haven’t
seen. Please use our Contact form to let us know where you saw a Pug needing a new
home using the “I have information on a Pug needing help” option. This
is also true of online classified ad sites (such as Craigslist).
Q: I’d like to know when PugHearts will be having a fundraiser/event –
how can I get on your email list?
A: Come and join us on
to the minute updates on all events.
Q: How do I get off of your notification list?
A: You can click on the OPT-OUT
link that is provided in al our notification