Welcome to the PDWRA Website

Visit SURRENDERING YOUR PUG for details of how to surrender your pug to PDWRA.

Visit ADOPTION & FOSTERING for details of how to adopt or foster a PDWRA pug. 

Visit THE PDWRA to find out how to become a Friend of Welfare; to see our list of Trustees and how to contact us.  

Don’t forget to visit SHOPPING for a great selection of puggy merchandise in the PDWRA Shop as well as the limited edition Poorly Paw Pugs.

And last but not least – please visit DONATE to find out how to make a donation to PDWRA.

Who We Are

PDWRA is a registered charity in the UK – number 276067.  Strict rules are followed regarding the welfare, rescue and rehoming of all pugs.  No profits are made and everyone gives their time and talents freely.

Tommy Photo courtesy Mark Smithers

Photo courtesy Mark Smithers

PDWRA was first formed in 1973 and was known as the Pug Dog Welfare Association. In 1978 the Association became a registered charity and a separate legal entity under the sole control of the Trustees.  In 2000 with the approval of the Charity Commission the name was changed to its present name.

What We Do

MISS PICKLESPDWRA operates throughout the whole of the UK and has a maximum of twelve Trustees, who are able to assist a pug in need in any part of the country.  Should any further assistance be required, such as vetting a possible new home, and help with transport, the Trustees can call upon members of Friends of Welfare, whose contribution since this group was first formed has been invaluable.

vince-2Each year we rehome and rescue many pugs.  You will find some of their stories, and many photographs, on this website.

In 2017, as in 2016, more than 200 pugs were surrendered to PDWRA for rehoming.  The Trustees decided in 2014 that the time had come to operate our rehoming system on a regional basis; there are now 10 regional areas.  Full details and contact telephone numbers can be seen on our Surrendering Your Pug page.

The Chairman, Robin Coulter, and the Secretary, Lynne Kellow, can be contacted here.

WalterWe seldom have pugs waiting for homes, and therefore we do not have a kennel or rescue centre anywhere in the UK.  On occasions, however, we do have pugs in need of nursing care and temporary fostering, and again the assistance of members of Friends of Welfare is invaluable.


Raymond flowersPlease note that with the exception of any pugs requiring nursing care or temporary fostering as mentioned above, no surrendered pugs awaiting rehoming are kept at the homes of our Trustees or Friends of Welfare.  We therefore request that you do not contact us to ask if you can come and view the available pugs.

PDWRA co-operates and works with other organisations in our particular field.

We Need Your Help …

Pug Dog Ernie - Please DonatePlease don’t forget that your support is always needed.  All donations are used to assist with PDWRA’s expenses in rescuing and rehoming pugs. Please click the button below if you would like to donate.  Card payments are securely processed by PayPal, and you don’t need to set up an account to use the service.




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