Since being founded in 2021, we have already been a retirement home for 35+ pugs and honorary pugs. Here are some of them; past and present.
Snickers was surrendered by his family at 9 years of age, with mast cell cancer. We were privileged to care for him through treatments, surgeries and into his twilight years when his mobility, vision, and hearing failed. Despite the challenges he faced, Snickers gave us 6 years of love and devotion and we were so lucky to enjoy the love of a special-needs senior.
Whisper was picked up as a stray with dozens of age-related ailments including severe luxating patellas, kidney disease, bad teeth, spinal arthritis, mammary tumors, incontinence due to uterine tumors, vision loss, and more. Estimated to be between 14 and 15, Whisper was coddled and spoiled through her last few months before passing peacefully in Sept of 2021.
Lovely Lemon was found as a stray and turned in to the local shelter. DNA tests have shown she is a Pug-Pekingese-Poodle mix. Lemon is delightfully bossy, despite her cataracts, liver disease, bad joints and skin issues. We are getting her allergies under control and letting her run the sanctuary as she sees fit.
It's difficult to say just what Kiwi has been through in her 10 or so years of life, but most of it clearly hasn't been good. Riddled with ringworm, blind, with severely infected ears and badly neglected teeth, Kiwi was covered in masses and very timid. She likely has had many litters of puppies in her life. But now she's the resident princess and receives top notch vet care.
Tofu made her way to the US after being rescued from a meat truck in China by Slaughterhouse Survivors. With her medical needs quickly under control, we were able to focus on her her social and emotional concerns. It has taken nearly a year, but Tofu's amazing personality is finally shining bright and she is a favorite of everyone who meets her.
Adorable, one-eyed Romeo was having a hard time at the SPCA. Surrendered by his owners for not doing well living outdoors all the time with multiple other dogs, he kept being adopted and returned for his high energy. We picked him up and he did amazingly with all the vintage pugs, so we transported him to Pug Nation and he quickly found a forever home.
Pugsley's owners contacted and said they wanted to turn him over: he lived outside with their 5 other dogs and was always being picked on. Poor Pugsley was very nervous, with no manners or housebreaking but the sweetest personality. He was scared around other dogs but has been placed in a foster home willing to help him learn and blossom before getting a family.
Fanni & Gumbo
Fanni and Gumbo tragically lost their loving mother and found themselves, along with their 4 grown pups, homeless and very scared. Thankfully we were able to help provide them transport and temporary care (and the start of a good diet!) before getting them to their new home - a loving family willing to take on a whole grumble of traumatized pugs in need.
Wilson was surrendered through our website. Estimated around 9 years old, his vision is limited and he needs a neuter and some TLC, but he is the sweetest cuddle bug you'll ever meet and adores exploring the pampered life of an indoor only pup with access to soft beds, toys, and endless lap time with people.
Luca was surrendered because his age-related ailments were too much for his family. He was extremely limited in mobility, but we were able to provide him a wheelchair. He also had untreated UTI, needed to be expressed, had ear infections, and horrible teeth. Luca came to us as a hospice pug and was treated like family until he passed away in January of 2022
Olive was picked up as a stray and found to be completely deaf and congenitally blind. This mini-pug needs to put on some weight (she barely tips the scales at 11lbs) but is managing well, happy and healthy! At 14 she's looking forward to a safe and stable retirement in her itty bitty diapers and her fluffy bed
Sweet Betty was given up by her family at nearly 12 years of age as her mast cell cancer was back, she had gone blind and is nearly deaf, and she has become completely incontinent. She is a gentle soul and we are working hard to get her clean, heal her damaged skin, and get her comfortable as she lives out her remaining time being spoiled
Butters was left in a shelter by his family after 14 years. He is immobile and incontinent with a grade 5 heart murmur, advanced kidney disease, and severe periodontal disease. Butters constant discomfort has made him reactive to being handled and to other dogs, but he is a sweet old man who just wants to feel a little better.
Waffles found himself at the shelter and aside from some old age problems (he is 14!) he's just the happiest, most gentle, and loving tall boy. Agreeable, friendly, and excited to have multiple soft beds to choose from...Waffles is a unique looking old man who is happy to follow his people around and bring joy to everyone he meets.
Oh ButterBall - what a sweet, gentle and kind little guy. At 12, his family decided to surrender him to us due to some health issues he was beginning to experience like collapsing trachea. He's quickly shed a few pounds (with quite a few more to go lol) and is on meds to help him get comfortable.
Sweet little old Fig. Poor Fig found himself homeless at 16 after his owner passed away. Fig was confused to end up in a shelter and needed a family to help him adjust to his dimming vision, hearing loss, and to get him back into shape with clean ears, and treatment for his infections and yeasty face rolls. And just look at those amazing wrinkles!! Fig loves being a Vintage Pug!!
Itty bitty Lady Bug was relinquished by her owner. At 10 years old her uterus was herniated, both knees are badly damaged, and her teeth are so rotten the decay has caused fractures to her jaw. But she remains as sweet as can be! A spay surgery corrected her bulging uterus, custom orthopedic braces have been ordered, and soon she'll have dental surgery
Darling Corn was surrendered by his owner with a huge mass on the back of his head, hind legs that hardly worked, overweight, with dry eyes and bad teeth and a horrible cough. He needed a lot of TLC to get him back to good living as his past 9 years hadn't left him in too good of shape. He was a kind a gentle boy who had some great months with us before losing his battle with congestive heart failure.
Poor Clementine had advanced cancer eating away at the roof of her mouth, her throat, and it had metastasized in her organs - and yet this sweet lady was just sitting and waiting in a shelter. A kind volunteer swooped her up for us and she spent a few weeks letting us spoil her before living with the cancer was no longer possible and no treatment options remained.
Beautiful Crumpet was languishing in a shelter in AZ for months after being picked up as a stary. She's a very senior lady with many ailments - but she's also the #1 boss lady of Vintage Pug now and enjoying whatever time she has left choosing from heated blankets and soft beds and encouraging everyone to feed her extra meals (by barking loudly)
Gentle Big Mac, estimated 12 years old, wound up in a shelter after her owner passed and it took nearly 2 weeks before she was discovered alone in the home with her deceased owner. We pulled her from the shelter and she spent a few wonderful weeks with us before losing her battle with advanced congestive heart failure.
Adorable little Marmalade was found wandering by herself with cystic and bleeding feet, and clear neurological issues. Vets suspect hydrocephalus, an injury to her spine, and general neglect left her in this state. Estimated only 4 years old, Marmy isn't a senior but needed our help as we work on her painful feet and get her back to thriving.
Beautiful 10 year old Ahi Tuna lost his home due to a death in the family and relatives who could not care for him any longer. Ahi had a massive cancerous growth around his heart but had a few wonderful days with us before it ruptured and he passed due to bleeding into his chest cavity.
Cuddly Gummy Bear was wandering the desert alone. This gorgeous guy is estimated at around 12, and other than dry eye causing vision loss, and some badly infected ears, he is quiet, gentle and loving. He is happy as can be now that he has a place to rest his adorable round head with all the belly rubs he could ever hope for.
Sweet James the Pork Chop
Sweet James the Pork Chop is an amazing forster we are caring for to assist NorCalBullyBreedRescue. He came in with 5 other Frenchies from an awful backyard breeding situation. But he is the sweetest and gentlest pup in the world - loves everyone and everything and we can't wait to help him find his forever home
Boba was left behind when his owner moved and the family did not want to keep him. This sweet 12 year old brindle boy had spent his entire life living outdoors. With some TLC and a routine inside the sanctuary, Boba was quickly ready for life with his own devoted people. Boba was adopted and is looking forward to spending his retirement years being spoiled.
Clemens turned up as a stray in a shelter in Jackson, CA. Road Dogs was looking for help and we were glad to step in and pull this sweet old guy, and foster him on their behalf until a new family could be found. Clemens is the most perfects senior and we are so happy he was adopted by an amazing family.
Mochi was being given away by her family on Craigslist - thankfully she came to us instead. This incredible 5 year old was a little lost after living outside her whole life and only knowing her family. Bbut with some quick vetting, we were able to place her with a loving adoptive family who had been looking to rescue after the loss of their senior pug.
Toast is a 1 1/2 year old owner surrender pekingese looking for her new family. Toast wants to be your shadow - a sweet and sensitive young lady who wasn't well cared for but is doing much better with a little TLC to address her badly matted fur and some consistent love and gentle treatment to help her settle into the life of a pampered pup.
Poor Sugar Cube - at 12 she was left at Front Street Shelter - terrible teeth, infected ears, matted fur, damaged eyes and joint issues. Thankfully a kind staff member pulled her and got her to us - along with a grant from Friends of Front Street to help wth her retirement care!! Although her family moved on to a frenchie puppy, we will never abandoned her!