My name is Ava!

Pug Dog for adoption in Rockville, Maryland - Ava
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Facts about Ava

  • Breed: Pug
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 11159370
This beautiful, tiny Pug lady is named Ava.   She is estimated to be 5-6 years old, and is as sweet as she is beautiful.   Her life has not been an easy one, as she is a puppy mill survivor.  Ava came from and Amish puppy mill in Lancaster, PA.  For those who are not familiar with mills, visit the website
Lancaster, PA is the puppy mill capital of the East Coast.  Ava was one of the lucky ones who made it out of the mill, and no longer will have to be bred over and over, with no regard to her health or well being.  She will no longer be living in a rabbit hutch, with little access to food and water, and little or no vet care.
Ava was no longer able to produce puppies and taken to a local vet to be euthanized.  Fortunately, the vet works with MMR and other rescues to save as many animals as possible.  The vet saw this poor soul, and got her into rescue.  MMR was contacted just in time, as we don't know that she would have survived much longer.  Ava came to us emaciated, weighing only 7 pounds and on death's door.  The vet knew that her ailments were beyond her scope of care, so she asked for help, and so became the story of Ava.
Little Ava has a long road ahead of her.  Due to neglect, beyond the obvious issues, she has limited vision and has a condition called EPI(Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), which doesn't allow her body to easily absorb protein.  This condition involves the pancreas.  She is now on a special enzyme powder, that overtime should help her with tis issue.  She has shown significant improvement, and will not need to be on it her entire life, but we do not know how long she will need it.  Her vision is affected by a condition know as dry eye, which can be common in Pugs, but hers was left untreated and has caused some vision loss.  She is on an eye drop now to help with her tear production.  Had she been given this at an early stage, no vision loss would have happened.   Ava can see, but her vision is limited.  She will be on the eye drops for the rest of her life.   She is being treated for a terrible urinary tract infection, but will have finished her antibiotics before she is adopted.  Ava now weighs 11 pounds and we are hopeful that she will gain another 1-2 pounds.   She is a tiny girl, but could stand another pound or two.  She was so weak when she first arrived, she was given B-12 shots to help her.  We do not believe she will need those for life.   
Finally, as if Ava has not been through enough in her short life, she is also diabetic.  We do not know how long she has had this disease with no treatment, and it is a miracle she is alive.  Her diabetes is controlled and she receives insulin twice daily and eats a special diet to help with her weight, but to also keep her diabetes under control.  So many medications for such a lovely little angel!!!
Now that Ava has received vet care, we expect she will continue on with her life.  She is a very sweet girl, who loves all dogs....including the Mastiff she is fostered with.  She is fine with people, but a little shy when she meets a new person.  Once she knows you, she is a loving, sweet companion.  She really doesn't have any issues with home manners, but may need some time to adjust to new schedules when she is adopted into her forever home.
Ava is up to date on her vetting now, and is also heart worm negative.  She receives a monthly preventative to make sure she doesn't ever have to deal with that disease.
MMR is seeking a home for Ava that has a heart for a special Pug.  She is worth every extra effort she may require....which really isn't much at all.  She would do best in a more quiet home, and is fine with older, gentle children(13 years and older).  She is fine as an only dog, but does enjoy the company of other dogs.   She will require someone who can monitor and give her insulin to her everyday.   The perfect home would have someone who can be home more often than not, either a stay at home parent or someone who works part time.  At this time, we do believe that a fenced yard would be needed, as Ava may be intimidated by new surroundings and may need the safety of her own yard as she transitions.  SHE IS NOT A CANDIDATE FOR DOG PARKS, DUE TO HER SMALL SIZE AND CONCERNS FOR HER SAFETY.
Please consider the additional time and love that Ava will require, as well as the small additional financial obligation she will need of her new family.   She is worth every ounce of extra effort.  She is a tiny little fighter, and now she needs someone to stand by her and give her a forever home.  
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About Mutts Matter Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

A Little History... Mutts Matter Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non profit, all volunteer based organization, with combined rescue experience of over 15 years. We work in conjunction with shelters and other organizations to help save animals on death row, the strays on the street, or ones in unsafe living conditions. We adopt in the DC, VA, and MD areas, with a few exception out of the tri-state area depending on the dog and situation. We are driven by love, compassion, and hope.

All of our rescues enter their new home spayed or neutered, up to date on all shots, and are micro-chipped. If we take a dog into our rescue, we do our very best to ensure that they are healthy before going to their new “furever”home. With enough hard work and dedication, we hope to be able to empty the shelters one day soon.

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Once that is complete, they screener decides if they are recommended for a home visit. If the home visit goes well and they are approved to adopt, then they can meet the dog.
Our adoption fee includes the cost of routine vetting, spay/neuter, and microchipping.