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Our new Fundraising Co-ordinator

LynneThe PDWRA Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Fundraising Co-ordinator for our charity, Lynne Kellow.

Sarah Tomlinson, who was previously in charge of our fundraising activities, stepped down as a Trustee in May due to family reasons. Our grateful thanks are due to Sarah for all her hard work during her years as a Trustee.

Lynne and her husband Steve are owned by 8 pugs, one of whom has recently become a registered Pets As Therapy Dog. Lynne has wide experience in the voluntary sector; she has served on a number of Canine Society committees, where her particular responsibilities included organizing Shows and Fun Days as well as publicizing events. Lynne is also involved with a large FB meet-up group in her area, for which she has organized a number of successful events with profits donated to PDWRA.

A number of new fundraising activities, covering a wide range of potential opportunities, are already planned. These include the creation of a new PDWRA FB Fundraising page specifically designed to publicise all future events such as garden parties, meet ups etc.

Our well established and ongoing Stamps Appeal is already very successful, and we plan to extend this into an appeal for used printer cartridges.   Watch this space for details.

New South West Area for PDWRA

Our new South West Area is now up and running, covering the counties of Avon, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.  We welcome Jane, Maureen and all the other volunteers to our rehoming team.  Please see our Surrendering Your Pug page for our new Area map giving details of the counties in each of our 9 Areas, and for contact telephone numbers should you need or wish to surrender your pug.

Can you help PDWRA?

2017 has been the busiest year for PDWRA Trustees and volunteers to date.  As of today we have had 137 pugs through our rehoming system.

 The sad reality is that many of the pugs surrendered to PDWRA require veterinary care to treat one or often multiple conditions.

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Thank you for your continuing support, it has never been more essential.

Garden Parties – alterations to dates

PDWRA - Oxfordshire Tea Party (May 2017) correct

What a lovely event this was.  Report and photos to follow.

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Unfortunately our next 2 Garden Parties, due to be held in Aberdeen on Saturday 17 June, and in Suffolk on Sunday 18 June, have both been cancelled.

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OUR NEXT EVENT –

Sunday 2 July at Steventon Village Hall, Oxfordshire OX13 6RR

PDWRA - Garden Party 2017 (Steventon)

This is a new venue for PDWRA, replacing our previous venue at Crowhurst in Surrey.  It is not a ticketed event.  We look forward to meeting lots of new supporters as well as those who kindly support us every year.

WE ARE IN NEED OF EXTRA HELPERS AT THIS EVENT – IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER PLEASE CONTACT ALISON OR JANET ON THE NUMBERS BELOW

Teas and refreshments will be available, as well as the full range of PDWRA merchandise. 

Enquiries to Alison on 01480 810805 or Janet on 07776 195369

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Sunday 13 August at Great Yarmouth NR30 4BW

with our thanks to the Pugs and Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft Facebook Group

Yarmouth

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Sunday 3 September at Sandbach CW11 1RG

Sandbach 2017

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Recipes for Rescue!

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We need your help!

Are you a budding Nadia Hussain, or Jamie Oliver?  Could you give Nigella a run for her money?  Do you love cooking?  Or do you simply have a favourite recipe that you would love to share?

We are compiling a simple recipe book of favourite recipes, contributed by people everywhere, to be sold in aid of PDWRA.  All recipes are welcome, whether for starters, soups, main courses, desserts, cakes – and everything in between… and of course, there will be a section of recipes for dogs!

Please contribute your recipes. If you would prefer not to have your name printed alongside your recipe, please say so.  Otherwise, this is your opportunity to be published!

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Recipes should be sent to Charlotte Hill at Recipes4Rescue@nulloutlook.com by Monday, 22 May 2017.

 

Winston’s fundraiser

Karen and her family sadly lost their beautiful black pug Winston to liver cancer on 28 December 2016.   In his memory they held a fundraiser on Good Friday, and donated £75.00 to PDWRA to help us continue our work in Winston’s name.   They had a raffle, a buffet and the children each presented a speech to the guests.  A montage of the afternoon and a copy of the children’s speeches are pictured below.  Tilly aged 11 wrote the top one and Alfie aged 12 wrote the bottom one.

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Winston pennies

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The PDWRA Trustees send grateful thanks to Karen and her family for supporting our Charity.

Would you like to foster a PDWRA pug?

 

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If you would like to foster a PDWRA pug, please email adoption@nullpugwelfare-rescue.org.uk

Please mark your message “Foster Enquiry” and state whereabouts you live (please include your postcode).  This is essential so that we can get back to you as soon as possible.  Applications will be acknowledged by email, and a member of your local Area Rehoming Team will then contact you as soon as possible, to take further details and to arrange a mandatory home check.

Some PDWRA pugs are placed in long-term foster care due to their age or health issues; other pugs are placed in short-term foster care for assessment, spaying/neutering etc before being permanently rehomed.  If you have a particular preference for providing long or short-term foster care, please do let us know.

Veterinary expenses for foster pugs are paid by PDWRA.

If you apply to foster, we ask you to please note that fostering a pug is NOT necessarily a short cut to adopting a pug, and should not be regarded as such.  We are lucky enough to have some fabulous foster carers, who help us by regularly fostering different pugs and getting them ready to move on to their forever homes.  However, each year does always seem to see a number of foster failures!

To everyone who has already applied to foster or adopt a pug, we ask for your continued patience – it takes time and organisation to process all applications and to arrange for our mandatory home checks to be carried out.  We are all volunteers, doing our best to help pugs in need wherever and whenever we can.  Our intake in 2017 to date is higher than it has ever been.

PDWRA pugs and volunteers at Crufts!

Here are some of us beside the Kennel Club Find a Rescue Dog stand at Crufts on Friday 10 March.  With a wonderful team of helpers + pugs busily promoting the work of PDWRA throughout the day, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and a really great day was had!

Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association on the Kennel Club main stand as part of Resuce Me Breed Resuce

Photo: Martin Hill / The Kennel Club©

Canine Capers – report and photos

This report is from PDWRA Chairman, Alison Mount:

Thank you to everyone who made Canine Capers so enjoyable at the beautiful Dorothy
Clive Gardens. It was a perfect opportunity for us to promote the needs of
our charity by offering light hearted entertainment for the 280+ visitors and their
dogs who came for a splendid day out. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.

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The Trustees of PDWRA work hard to ensure that the pugs who come to us go to the
best of homes and for those pugs with health problems they will receive the very
best veterinary care. This year we have re-homed approximately 100 pugs with vet
bills costing about £10,000 a month and this weekend alone, another 5 have been
added to the list, all coming from the north west of England.

Our work never finishes as we keep a lifelong interest in the dogs and support where
needed, for the owners. We shall look forward to meeting our new friends in the not
too distant future and hope that the dogs enjoyed the agility course, the games and
of course, the sausages.

Our thanks to Kelly Rawlins for the lovely photos.

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Suffolk Pug Party June 2016 – report and photos

This report was written by Hester Kemp who spent the afternoon taking some wonderful photographs for PDWRA.

Visit Hester’s page on Facebook – Hester Kemp Photography – to see lots more photos.

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Yesterday I went along to Suffolk’s first Pug Garden Party at Earlsway Farm. This wonderful event was organised by a good friend of mine, Debbie Symes, and was in aid of The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (PDWRA) of which she is a trustee.

I’ve known Debbie for over a year now, and have previously photographed her horses, so it was a pleasure to be able to get some photos of the day for her and for the PDWRA.

Debbie has several pugs of her own (5 at my last count) and fosters many of the rescue pugs until a home can be found for them. She currently has just the one foster pug, but over Christmas she had 8 pugs running round her house, not to mention their two terriers! It was lovely to be able to catch up with some of her past foster pugs who are now in loving new homes, and some with lovely new names!

The garden party was incredibly well attended by lots of pug friends and their owners, and it was wonderful to see them all socialising and having fun together. Having sampled some of the cakes on offer I can testify that they were indeed yummy, and happily lots of money was raised for the PDWRA, which is so important for the welfare of future rescue pugs and for the continued support for foster pugs from the charity!

I was able to donate a voucher for a free photoshoot to the raffle, so I will look forward to getting some photos of the winners dogs in the future!

A big thank you to all who attended or volunteered their time, and to Debbie and her husband for making such a huge effort to make a memorable afternoon. It was a glorious afternoon and I really enjoyed meeting all the pugs and Friends of the Pug Dog Welfare.

PDWRA and Scotland

PDWRA is pleased to announce that it now has an increased presence in Scotland following a meeting held at Haddington on 16 April 2016. Thank you to SPDC for making this possible.

Scotland will be headed up by Emma-Jane Coutts who now holds a PDWRA phone to take all enquiries relating to rescue and rehoming.

The official number is 07590 440294

Answerphone may ask you to leave a message, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

The increasing number of calls from pug owners in Scotland needing to rehome their dogs made us more aware that not only is Scotland very large, but very spread out when it comes to transporting dogs to and from their new homes.

We are pleased to have recruited help from many volunteers, and the photograph below shows some of our helpers who were able to attend the meeting.

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Back row l-r: Melissa Findlay, Karren Ralph, Hazel Pearson (Trustee for the North)

Front row: Helen Watson, Emma Coutts.

PDWRA will give full support to Emma and the Scottish team with back up from Hazel Pearson if required. The Team hope to be able to raise awareness via Meet-Up Groups throughout Scotland.

Should you wish to volunteer, please contact Emma at the above number.