FOSTERING – we provide the medical care and you provide the shelter and love!

Pug Rescue of Florida rescues pugs and pug mixes across the state of Florida. We rely on the support of loving foster homes to help the pugs in need.  All PROoF pugs stay with foster families until they find their forever homes. Our foster care program allows us to learn more about our dogs, address their medical needs, and enables us to make better long-term matches for both our adopters and our dogs.

What does it mean to foster? It means that you open your heart and your home to a rescue pug. You treat them as if they were your own and give them lots of good food, exercise, and attention. You might have to take your foster pug to vet appointments (PROoF pays for the medical care at our approved vet offices) and administer medications.  You may also have to work on house training, social skills, or behavior issues. You get to know all about your foster pug therefore you are also involved with screening applicants, taking the pug to events, and meeting potential adopters.

We understand and appreciate that fostering it is a very special commitment for families. It takes time, energy, patience, a LOT of love!  Our rescued pugs have often experienced many changes in their lives and our foster families help prepare them for one final change – settling in with a wonderful forever family. We know fostering is a very important job but don’t worry, we will be there to support you every step of the way.

We have several types of foster home needs:

  • Regular fosters – most of our pugs/pug mixes will need basic medical care (spay/neuter surgery, vet visits for vaccines, etc. ) and will need time for us to understand their personalities to help them find a great forever home. The hope is to help these pugs/pug mixes will stay in foster care for a couple of months and then be adopted. Most of these dogs are used to being around other dogs — when we review your foster application we will talk to you about the other dogs already in your home and help determine what type of pugs/pug mixes might be a good fit on a short-term foster basis.
  • Long term/hospice fosters – sometimes we have pugs/pug mixes with long term special needs. They will stay in foster care much longer as we evaluate their health needs and get them more specialized or long term care.
  • Quarantine fosters — All pugs/mixes that come to us from an animal shelter, and some pug/mixes that come to us without ongoing vet care, need to be kept away from other pets for a minimum of 2 weeks to ensure they do not have an illness that can be transmitted to other dogs. To qualify as a quarantine foster you must:

– have NO other dogs in your home

– be able to keep the foster pug/mix in your home for a minimum of 2 weeks (could be longer)

– agree to take the foster pug/mix to a PROoF veterinarian and administer medications as needed

Will you consider fostering for Pug Rescue? If you live in Florida and can foster a rescue pug in your home, please complete the online foster application below. If you are unable to complete our online foster application, please email:

Foster Application Process: We are all volunteers. If for some reason you have not been contacted as soon as you wished, please do not think this is a reflection on your application, but a mere part of the process as our volunteers are all working as fast as we can across the state of Florida. You should hear from one of our volunteers within 10 days of submitting your online application. You will be contacted either by phone or email. If you do not hear from one of our volunteers within 10 days, please email so we may follow up on the status of your application. We appreciate your patience.

Spouse/Partner's Name*
Spouse/Partner's Employer*
Current Vet info: (Please contact your Vet and give them permission to release info to PROoF) If you have no pets at this time, please give the name and information of the Vet that you last used for your previous pets.
Veterinarian's Phone:*
Address: *
Do you rent or own your home? *
City, State, Zip: *
If you rent, please check with your landlord before applying to ensure you can have a pet or another pet and any fees associated with same. Let your landlord know we will be contacting them also.
Landlord's Name:*
Landlord's Phone:*
If you own (Please check on these before applying to be a foster):
Do you have a Home Owner's Assoc. with restrictions on pets? *
Have you ever owned a dog before? *
What happened to your previous pets? (Please be specific) *
Please give us a daily schedule of how long your pug will be alone (Please be specific)*
Do you have a doggie door?*
Do you have a swimming pool?*
If yes, is the area pug safe. i.e. baby fence, no access to pool when humans are gone etc. Please describe safety measures in place:
Do you currently have children? *
If no children, are you planning on having them in the future? *
Does anyone in your home have any known allergies to dogs?*
If yes, please explain:
Are all pets up to date on their vaccines? *
If you have cats, are they declawed?*
Regarding current pets, name of heartworm preventative you use and the date last applied: *
Name of flea preventative you use and the date last applied: *
What activity level do you want your pug to have? *
Are you open to a senior pug?*
Does your County or community have restrictions on the number of pets you can have? *
Have you ever owned a pug?*
Are you aware that pugs shed, snort, and snore?*
Will you be gone for more than 6 hours at a time? If so, will you be using a dog walker? *
Please explain:
Where will your pug stay when you are gone? *
Do you have a fenced yard?*
If yes, please describe below (is your yard fully enclosed, is it escape proof?) *
Describe a typical day in the life of "your" pug and tell us where the pug will sleep at night:*
If yes, please list names and ages. (also include any regular visitors such as step children, grandchildren, etc.)
Please give names, breed, age and gender for all animals in your home:*
Have all current pets been spayed or neutered? *
If not, please explain why not: Please note Pug Rescue will require your present pets to be spayed or neutered prior to adopting from rescue unless a valid medical reason is provided by your licensed veterinarian.*
Do you have a preference on the type of rescue pugs you are willing to foster?*
Can you take a special needs pug?*
Are you open to a pug mix? *
Please mark what you are able to provide for your foster dog: Please note all food and medications prescribed by a veterinarian are paid for by the rescue. Some dogs in our care must be on a special diet and on prescription medication due to medical condition. Reimbursements: All expenses must be authorized in advance by your foster coordinator or treasurer. In order to get reimbursed for an authorized expense please turn in your receipt and make sure it is marked paid. Receipts can be mailed, e-mailed or faxed.
Mark the items you are able to provide for your pug:*
Are you open to a pair?*
What date would be best for us to do your mandatory home check? (also please have the entire household present)*
Have you recently submitted an application to foster for any other rescue organizations?*
If yes, please give the name of the rescue and the date you applied: *
Have you ever dealt with any rescue group in the past (adopted from; fostered for or surrendered a dog to)?*
If yes, please explain:

Please list two references: 

Name 1:*
Phone: *
Name 2:*
Reference 2 Phone: *
Reference 2 Occupation:*
Where did you hear about PROoF? *
I give PROoF permission to contact my vet and other references *

“For All Those Who Foster”

Thank You for bringing this foster dog into my life. Had I not made the decision to participate in rescue, I would never have had the chance to meet him. If I had sat here comfortably in my home and said “I already have two dogs and I know that I couldn’t take in another – even on a temporary basis,” I would never have met this dog. Yes, it takes time to rescue and foster but who gave me Time in the first place? And why or what was the reason I was given Time? To fill my own needs? Or was there another reason ever so small and seemingly insignificant, like rescuing this one dog, that could make a difference in another’s life? Perhaps to add joy, hope, help and companionship to another who is in need?

With great sadness, I sat down on a footstool in my kitchen this morning and watched as this foster dog bounced back into the house and skidded across the floor to sit ever so perfectly in front of me. He was the picture of health, finally. He was all smiles for me and I smiled back at his happy face. Deep in his eyes, the storm clouds of illness and generalized poor health had blown away, and the clear light of his perfection radiated out from his beautiful soul. He holds no ill will toward man. He forgives us all.

I thought to myself as I impressed this one last long look of him into my heart, what a very fine creature You have created. Tears slowly pooled and spilled over my cheekbones as the deeper realization of how wonderful this dog is sank into my internal file cabinet of Needful Things to Remember. Lord, he’s a dog – but he’s a better human being than I am.

He has forgiven quickly. Would I do the same?
He passionately enjoys the simple things in life. And I have often overlooked them.
He accepts change and gets on with his life. I fuss and worry about change.
He lives today and loves today. I often dwell in the past or worry about the future.
He loves no matter what. I am not that free.
This very lovely dog has gone to his new home today and already I miss him. Thank You for bringing this dog into my life. And thank You for the beautiful and tender lesson on how to be a better human.

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