Find out how to become a Friend of Welfare; see the dates and details of all our Garden Parties in News & Events, and discover a wealth of information in Help & Advice. Amuse yourself with Pug Dog Anecdotes, read the wonderful Rescue Stories and see the Happy Ever After photos.
Find out about our Hemivertebrae Screening Scheme, and don’t forget to visit the Online Shop for lots of new items; the PDWRA 2015 calendar is now in stock, together with an excellent selection of puggy Christmas cards!
Who We Are
PDWRA is a registered charity in the UK. 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.
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
PDWRA 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.
Each year we rehome and rescue many pugs. You will find some of their stories on this website.
In 2013, around 150 pugs were surrendered to PDWRA for rehoming. As a result of this massive increase on previous years, and the pressure of work on our Rehoming Secretary, Josie Starling, the Trustees decided that the time has come to operate our rehoming system on a regional basis. Please see our Surrendering Your Pug page for full details and new contact telephone numbers.
The Chairman, Alison Mount, and the Secretary, Janet Thomson, can be contacted here.
We 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.
Please 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 …
Please 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.