How to get free pug puppies!?!? That seems to be the question on everybody's mind. And yes, it's definitely a SCAM SCAM SCAM! Nothing is cuter then a little puglet, yes many cant afford the large price tag that most breeders are asking. A cute little pug can cost anywhere between $300 to $3,000 which is more then most people pay for rent. So recently we have seen a ton of advertisements boasting "free pug puppies". I'm here to tell you, sadly, that they are all scams.
I recall when I was in college my friends Billy and Ted loved playing practical jokes on each other. Once Billy took out an ad in the local paper advertising "Free Baby Monkeys" and gave out Teds phone number as a contact. Ted had to change his number at the end of the week there were so many calls and inquiries. That was a prank, but the reality is that cute baby animals sell, and nefarious characters can use that to their advantage.
Don't trust any sites that offer free pug puppies. In fact, if your interested in getting a pug, definitely do your research first. Pugs are cute and snuggly but they are a lot of work and often a lot of money! Since pugs are a pure breed they sometimes have congenital health problems and those can cost you big big bucks!
For example when our Pug Momo was a baby she ran into the woods and came back with an scratched eye. By the time we got her to the vet it already needed to be removed and the operation cost over $1,500! Ouch, that definitely set back a lot of our life goals. But what are you going to do?
Medical expenses aren't cheap, so when thinking about getting a new member to your family, plan for it financially as well as emotionally! There is no such thing as a free pug puppy. Hopefully you won't have any large medical expenses, but even the yearly visits to the vet and vaccines cost money. Plan on spending at least $300 per year on vet visits. Then there is food which can cost anywhere between $300 and up per year! Buying cheapo dog food isn't really good for your pup, but even the cheapest option of making your own dog food costs money (about $30 per month by my calculations for simple chicken, rice, rice, and veggies). So in conclusion, even if you somehow managed to find yourself a "free" pug puppy, the little guy would cost you a minimum of $600 per year, a big commitment for most families.
So what are the best ways to get a pug puppy? You got three main options. Rescue/Adopt, Breeder, or find a reputable Pet Store.
ADOPTION: this is probably our favorite method of getting a pug puppy and definitely the most animal friendly method. There are lots of people just like you out there who say "I neeeeeeeed one of those super cute pugs", they manage to get one and then realize that the costs are too high. They realize they don't actually want a little stinky fur ball shedding all over the house. Perhaps there are behavioral problems like barking or chronic peeing that the family simply can't deal with. The pug comes down with a medical problem and can't afford the giant vet bill so have to give up their new love to a pug rescue who will foot the bill. Whatever the reason, there are always pugs being given up for adoption and there are plenty of pug rescues waiting with open arms to find them loving homes. Well, even these adoptions are cheap! Most rescues and animal shelters have an adoption fee of around $400. This is both to help keep the shelter running (think of it as a donation) and to make sure that the new pug owner is really committed to getting a new family member.
BREEDER: Finding a good breeder isn't that easy. There are lots of people on the web trying to sell pug puppies but some of them are really just puppy mills in disguise! Dogs bred irresponsibly can have greater risk of congenital health problems and even all sorts of bad behavioral problems. The human society has a great PDF resource for how to find a responsible dog breeder. Print out the checklist and if the breeder you are looking at doesn't meet the criteria, please just walk away!
Basic tips for Breeder Research: Good breeders allow you to visit where the puppies live. They keep the puppies like you would keep your pets (or a family member!). Always try and get the vibe from who your buying from. Do they seem like they are cranking out puppies for profit or is it someone who has the occasional litter and wants to promote pug love? Don't forget to ask lots of questions. The breeder should be picky about you as well. A responsible breeder will want a responsible new best friend for their little puppy.
PET STORE: we aren't big fans of buying puppies from pet stores. Not to say that all pet stores are bad, but they definitely get a bad rep as being food for the puppy mills.
So good luck on your pug hunting! We definitely suggest adopting a pug, but remember THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE PUG PUPPY!