You can adopt a rescued pug in Maryland by going to the website for the Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue, a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping pugs without homes. You can also help rescue pugs by joining the organization as a volunteer.
Search for available pugs on the Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue website by clicking on the Adoption tab. There, the organization lists all pugs currently in foster care and in need of a permanent home. You can begin the adoption process by submitting an application along with a non-refundable adoption fee. Members of the organization will review your application, and if you are deemed a suitable candidate for pug adoption, a representative will contact you to schedule a phone interview, contact your personal references, and visit your home to ensure you can provide a pug with a safe and healthy environment. Adoption fees vary depending on the age of the dog.
The application process is rigorous in order to ensure a serious commitment from prospective owners. Rescue pugs may have suffered from neglect, abandonment or a poor home environment, and as a result, they may have behavioral or medical problems that require patience and understanding from their new owners. While the organization will always take a pug back into care, all adoptions are intended to be permanent.