Midwest Pug Rescue

Minnesota Division

Being a Foster Family

Fostering is a very rewarding experience and very important. We are forced to turn away homeless and abandoned pugs because we do not have enough people willing to foster animals in their houses. When you foster, not only do you enjoy the wonderful company of a rescue companion pet, you also take part in saving the life of a wonderful pet as well! We receive calls from shelters and pounds to take animals that are about to be killed. If we have foster homes available, we can say yes. Otherwise, we cannot and the pugs may get euthanized. We also get many pugs that are home surrenders. By fostering, you will allow another pug to live - it is that simple! Fostering forms the backbone of the work we do - we cannot exist as a rescue if people are not willing to bring needy animals into their homes while we search for forever homes for them. Not only does fostering provide a healthier atmosphere for the pug, it helps us get to know the animal too. This information becomes key to finding just the right home for their personality. We try to make fostering a happy experience for both the foster family and the foster pug by matching the pug with a foster home that can meet its needs. Please consider fostering, you could save a life!

To be a foster parent, you have to be able to take a dog into your home and work with it on basic skills (or take a shy but very well behaved one, a depressed dog, etc.). Fosters are also responsible for: making sure the animal is properly fed and gets enough to drink, giving it lots of love and socialization, and keeping it indoors. It is helping save an animal, and the sense of accomplishment you feel is rewarding. We are ALWAYS in need of foster homes.

  • Complete the Online Foster Application 
  • Review and completion of our Foster Guidelines - This release must be signed before you can start fostering.
  • Written landlord permission or own your home
  • Attend adoption events
  • Transport pug to the vet and to possible forever family
  • You must be willing to work with the pug to help them get ready for adoption. This includes housebreaking, basic training, socialization, etc.
  • Agree to actively partner in helping place the animal and make it available to prospective adopters

Consider becoming a foster home for a homeless dog


Why Foster?

Rescued Hearts

By Kathleen Hearts

Taking care of rescue dogs

Is something I do best,

I know because I’ve done it,

And I’ve surely passed the test.

The dogs I’ve bathed, the food I’ve fed,

The vacuuming I’ve done,

And all to watch a frightened soul

Sit dreaming in the sun.

My own dogs I’ve neglected,

But I tell them everyday

That I love and cherish each of them

Though a new dog’s come to stay,

I know they understand this,

For in their eyes I see

The love that I have given them

Come shining back at me.

Some people think I’m crazy,

Some others think I’m great.

But very few can understand

What really is at stake.

If I can love and help a dog

To find a better way,

My own life is much richer,

I look forward to each day.

So now you know my secret,

It’s there for all to see,

The love I give, the life I save,

I do it all for me.


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