Shelter Spotlight: Pacific Pug Rescue

Pacific Pug Rescue was the second-place winner of the 2017 1-800-PetMeds Cares™ Change a Pet’s Life Contest, where they were awarded $1,000 towards Aslan’s medical bills. You can learn more about the contest here.

Pacific Pug Rescue Logo


Pacific Pug Rescue is a Tigard, Oregon-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing pugs in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Since the organization’s inception in 2006, over 750 pugs have been saved. Pacific Pug Rescue relies heavily on its community for support in the form of volunteers and donations which directly helps to save the lives of pugs in need.

Over 100 “pug obsessed” volunteers at the rescue are on a mission to help place unwanted, neglected and abused pugs (regardless of age or medical condition) into permanent adoptive homes.  “Our work wouldn’t be possible without volunteers who provide foster homes, transport pugs, review applications, organize fundraising events and so much more.” said founder, Brian Tennison.

The typical minimum adoption donation at Pacific Pug Rescue ranges from $150 to $550, depending on the dog’s age and a variety of other factors. Each adoption donation helps to pay for the rescue’s medical expenses, which average $1,015 per pug. In addition to the passion they have for saving lives, Pacific Pug Rescue strives to educate the public about the breed’s personality, common health issues, as well as the importance of domestic animal population control.

Bobo is one of the many pugs currently up for adoption at Pacific Pug Rescue.

Bobo is an adoptable pug from Pacific Pug Rescue


“If 9 year old Bobo had a mantra it would be “Find Joy in the Journey.” This little guy has every reason to thumb his nose at life, but he refuses to let anything let him down. Bobo is always happy, the sheer excitement he exudes over the thought of going to the park will bring a tear to your eye. He loves to kick up the grass with his front feet after going to the bathroom. He is one of the most loving dogs you will ever meet and all he wants to do is be with you. Bobo has very limited use of his back legs. He can still stumble around on carpet or a non-slick service, but he does not do well on hardwood or tile.”


In the occasion of a pug entering the rescue with a terminal illness or chronic medical issues, the pug may be considered to be unfit for adoption. Pacific Pug Rescue ensures these animals are still able to proceed with the highest quality of life possible by providing food, supplies, and treatment to their foster families. Through Pacific Pug Rescue’s Furever Foster program, foster families commit a lifetime of love and care for the extent of time the pugs have left.

Through the program, Olive (a twelve-year-old pug diagnosed with an aggressive case of nasal carcinoma) has been under the care of a loving foster family. The rescue group relies solely on supporters donations to continue to help senior pugs—like Olive—live a full and comfortable life.


Olive is in Pacific Pug Rescue's Furever Foster program


“Twelve year young Olive came into PPR in 2015 and was diagnosed with an aggressive and advance stage nasal carcinoma. We felt it was in her best interest to stay in the loving care of her foster family as she undergoes chemo. Not only do these pugs need us physically, but sometimes it’s in their best interest to stay in our care for their emotional well-being.

Olive’s foster family says she continues to thrive!  She has done well with her chemo and her appetite is strong.  Since the sun is coming out more and more, Olive has been frolicking around the garden and has been enjoying more walks around the block.  She loves her steady routine of meal, walk, nap, neighborhood noises, meal, sleep.  We have discovered something new and endearing about Olive – she is fascinated by children!  She loves them and always wants to give them kisses!” 


If you wish to donate directly to Pacific Pug Rescue or adopt one of their rescued pugs, please visit their website. You can also purchase items directly for the rescue by viewing their Amazon Wish List.


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