Money contributions to a Puggle rescue are always a great way to help volunteers with expenses and make a difference in a Puggle’s world. So many rescued dogs are in need of Vet care, and all require the basic necessities of life – food, water and shelter – all of which costs money.
Although you may wish you could do more for a rescue aside from donating money, understand that providing such funds are greatly appreciated by the rescue. Every donation made to a good animal rescue goes toward caring for the dogs, and helping them find new loving homes.
However, did you know that you might be able to double the funds you donate to the Puggle rescue? Many employers will actually match charitable donations made by their employees. This doesn’t only mean matching money you may have donated, but also if you sponsor or adopt a dog.
This particular type of unique charitable donation matching is known as a Corporate Matching Gift program. Most companies who participate in this program will match dollar for dollar when it comes to the charitable contribution made by their employee.
Of course, not every company will offer the corporate matching gift program, so you will need to find out if your’s does. To learn if the business you work for is involved in the program, contact your employer’s Personal Department or Human Resources to find out more. If you discover that the company you work for does offer this charity program, simply ask for the proper form so you can fill it out and have you donation matched. If they don’t offer the program, there’s no harm in asking them if they would be interested in doing so.
Aside from corporate matching gifts (or if the business you work for doesn’t provide this option), there is nothing wrong with asking your fellow co-workers if they would be interested in making a small donation to the Puggle Rescue with you. Remember, every little bit helps, and there is no harm in asking. Just make sure you don’t hassle those who aren’t interested. A donation is a gift from the heart, it shouldn’t be forced.
Puggle breeders need to be carefully scrutinized before you make the decision to buy a pup from their litter. Even though the Puggle does not have a breed standard, this doesn’t mean you should trust every Puggle Breeder out there. Not everyone has good breeding ethics, and for some, all they care about is the money they’ll make off the sales of a popular breed.
Here is what you need to find out before you settle on just any Puggle breeder –
- Does the breeder sell his/her Puggles privately, or do they sell to pet shops? A breeder that is willing to sell the dogs they breed to pet shops is only in the breeding business for money.
- Does the breeder breed more than Puggles? If Puggle breeders are breeding more than one type of dog other than a Beagle or Pug (aside from the Puggle) or if they have only ever bred Puggles, you should take your business elsewhere. A reputable breeder interested in breeding hybrids should first be experienced with properly breeding a purebred dog. Furthermore, a breeder who has bred either Pugs of Beagles previously, has a good idea of what type of temperaments to expect.
- Ask to see the sire and dam of the litter. A good breeder will show you both or either the sire and dam of the litter. They should also show you a detailed pedigree of both dogs. Even though Puggles are only hybrid dogs, a breeder with a pedigree of the purebred parents is a sign of a responsible breeder.
- Is the breeder willing to give up the pup before 8 weeks? Puggle breeders should not allow a Puggle puppy to be taken sooner than 8 weeks of age. A puppy offered before this age has not been allowed sufficient time to be weaned from his/her mother. This can cause social and development issues in the dog.
- There should always be a guarantee – Only a reputable breeder would provide you with a contract and written guarantee for the dog. The guarantee usually states that if something should happen with the dog’s health, etc. they will take the Puggle back and offer you a new one or give you your money back. Essentially, a good breeder would rather take the dog back than see harm come to it.
- The breeder should be registered – Even though the Puggle is a hybrid breed not recognized by any of the national kennel clubs, reputable Puggle Breeders will have their Puggles registered with the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), or the Hybrid Club of their nation. Note: The ACHC only registers individual Puggles that have purebread parents.
Finally, make sure you visit the breeder in person and get to know the pups before you make any decisions. In addition, make sure the premise in which the breeder is raising the pups is a clean and happy environment.