My name is Shelby!

Pug Dog for adoption in Frederick, Maryland - Shelby
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Toy Breeds In Need Rescue

Facts about Shelby

  • Breed: Pug
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Unknown
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 8260923

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**Please read Shelby's bio carefully!**

As his namesake suggests, Shelby is a as sweet as Southern Iced Tea! This 6 year old gentleman Pug is full of nothing but joy and happiness. He is truly one of the happiest Pugs we have ever encountered! He gleefully wags his tail when meeting new dogs and very much wants to play. He loves to play with stuffed toys and is a very gentle boy. Whenever his foster Mom bends down to rub his broad chest, he offers her a sweet kiss on the nose. Several months prior to being surrendered to TBIN, Shelby jumped off of a sofa and injured his back. Some anti-inflammatories were given and he recovered quickly but has a sway and swagger to his gait - we think it just makes him even more endearing. This does not slow him down as he walks and even runs (he cannot manage steps, though, and would need to be carried). He is in no pain and his condition is stable and does not require any medications. The injury did leave him with less control over his bowels and bladder - this is managed by a belly band and a good sense of humor. Shelby can urinate on his own but, his foster Mom expresses his bladder (this is VERY easy to do - we can show you how!) in order to ensure that he is completely empty which minimizes leaking and is better for his bladder health. Shelby does sometimes poop when he is sleeping, however, his foster Mom has also been able to help him with pooping outside so this happens much less frequently.  Adopters should be prepared to deal with this (again, this is easy to manage but, it is not for everyone so, please be honest with yourself (and us!) prior to inquiring about him). Shelby eats a very high quality diet so he usually only poops once a day. This sweet boy is more than worth it. When Shelby was surrendered, he was dangerously obese. Thankfully, with diet and exercise, the weight has come off and Shelby is feeling like a brand new Pug! He's now at his ideal weight and weighs around 22 pounds. He was raised around children and we feel he would be okay with older, respectful kiddos (7 and up). Shelby likes hanging out in a bed with another Pug or two, but he would be fine as an 'only' dog, too. A fenced yard is preferred. He is a fabulous little Pug and we know that whomever is fortunate enough to share their life with him will be rewarded with tons of Pug kisses and love. Shelby is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, Heartworm negative, has been dewormed, has had a full senior profile (blood work and urinalysis), and is microchipped. If you feel that you have room in your heart and home for Shelby, please complete an Adoption Application:

About Toy Breeds In Need Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Toy Breeds In Need Rescue (TBIN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created with the goal of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing toy breed dogs in the Maryland area. It is the mission of TBIN to accept toy breed dogs regardless of age or health. TBIN provides necessary and proper veterinary care including altering (spaying/neutering) prior to placement of any and all rescued dogs, and also acts as a hospice for rescued dogs too ill or elderly to be placed in adoptive homes. TBIN uses a blend of both allopathic (traditional) and holistic veterinary medicine to provide a balanced approach to canine wellness. Our belief is that healthy dogs are happy dogs and so we work to support not only the physical body, but also the spirit! All dogs reside in foster homes and are treated as members of our families until their loving forever home is found. It is further a goal of this organization to act as an educational resource for both our adoptive families, as well as other canine guardians who are interested in learning about alternative medicine, species appropriate food, and holistic care for their four-legged family members.

Our Adoption Process...

If you are interested in welcoming one of TBIN's dogs in to your family, the first step is to complete our adoption application, which can be found on our website:

Prior to completing the application, please read the following information carefully.

Adoption requirements and guidelines:

All dogs are spayed and neutered prior to being adopted.
All dogs in the applicant’s home must be spayed or neutered. The only permissible exception would be for dogs who have a compelling medical issue that prohibits them from being altered (and this will be verified with your veterinarian).
All members of the household must be in agreement to adopt a rescued dog. TBIN does not adopt dogs as gifts.
TBIN does not adopt to families with children under the age of 8. While we realize that many families wish to allow their children to grow up with a dog, toy breeds are often not the best match for young children. They are small, fragile, some are nervous, or even nippy. For the comfort of our dogs and the safety of young kids, we regret that there can be no exceptions.
We do not require that you have previously shared your life with a dog, however, preference is given to applicants that have (and can provide a veterinary reference).
In an effort to save time, please ensure that you have given your veterinarian your consent to release information to Toy Breeds In Need Rescue.
TBIN requires adopters to stay in touch with us for the life of the dog. We want our adopters to become members of our extended family and want to ensure that the placement continues to be a success for both canine and human alike.
Adoption fees must be paid in full at the time of the adoption.
TBIN dogs are cared for in a holistic manner and as such, we do ask that our adopters be willing to continue a similar level of care including, but not limited to, feeding a high quality, nutritious food, minimal vaccinations, and utilizing positive based training methods. This will be discussed with you during the prescreen interview, and handouts will be provided to our adopters. In addition, we offer support to adoptive families for the life of the dog and are always available to answer questions or provide guidance.

We ask that you please be certain that you are prepared to make the lifelong commitment that comes with adopting a dog (for toy breeds, this could be as long as 20 years). Please be honest with yourself (and us!) about your schedule, your abilities, and your willingness to care for a dog for his or her entire life. We also ask that if you are applying for a specific breed of dog that you research the breed carefully. Toy breeds are known for having a wide array of health issues, which can be costly. Please be sure that the dog you are interested in is a realistic fit for you and your lifestyle.

While some potential adopters may wonder why rescues are so strict when seeking a forever home for a homeless dog, we ask that you please understand that we have personally made a lifelong commitment to every dog in our care, and this is something we take very seriously. These dogs have already lost at least one home and so we feel it is our duty to rigorously screen adopters to ensure that the next move that one of our dogs makes, is to his or her forever home.

Please note that completing an adoption application in no way guarantees that you will be permitted to adopt a TBIN dog. TBIN reserves the right to refuse any application, at any time, for any reason. That said, TBIN pledges to give each adoption application received fair and ample consideration. Our goal is to match deserving dogs with loving homes. While the adoption process may seem lengthy, it is well worth it!

Though we try to respond as quickly as possible, please allow a minimum of 3-5 days for a response. We are all volunteers who are working very hard to save these wonderful dogs. We have demanding jobs, families, and dogs of our own to care for. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

What to expect from the adoption process:

Once your application is received, one of our volunteers will begin the approval process by conducting a veterinary or personal reference check.
If the reference check is successful, the next step is the prescreen interview. This is a telephone call that typically lasts a minimum of 45 minutes. It gives us the opportunity to get to know you better, to better understand what you are looking for in a canine companion, and to answer any questions you may have.
If the prescreen interview goes well and both the applicant and TBIN wish to continue the screening process, you will be contacted by a volunteer to schedule your home visit.
It is only after the successful completion of these steps that an applicant is eligible to be considered approved to adopt.
All decisions regarding application approval and placement of TBIN dogs are made solely by TBIN. ​