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.

Collect stamps for PDWRA

 

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At the end of every quarter, the buyer weighs up all the PDWRA stamp donations and sends us a cheque which goes straight into the Association’s coffers.  The buyer is now paying us £10 per kilo, and our most recent payment was £51.36.

This is a really valuable source of funds for PDWRA.  So please keep on sending the stamps to our buyer at the address above, and we thank you for your continuing support.

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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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©

Sandbach Garden Party – update

Sandbach Garden Party – Sunday 4 September 2016

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The Sandbach party held jointly with the West Pennine PDC and PDWRA was a delight. The weather did exactly what it said it would do; pour with rain on the Saturday to drench all the helpers while they set up and then get better to become dry with sunny periods and overhead cloud on the day itself. Thanks to the good drainage of the field there were not any problems apart from the ice cream van that had to be towed in and out! Plenty of people enjoyed ice cream throughout the afternoon and the photo booth run by Kelly Rawlins of Inspired Design and Print was very popular and many took the opportunity to get their dogs photographed. There was a fun agility course run by Dawn Bailey and Richard Pallister, Alison and Peter Mount ran the games which were well supported, and the committee of the WPPDC did everything else including all the fabulous refreshments. Thank you West Pennine.

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Crowhurst Garden Party – report and photos

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The annual Crowhurst Welfare garden party was slightly muddy under foot but it did not stop the fun and games and great atmosphere with something like 130 cars parked up. It was great seeing familiar faces again and hearing about the pugs who have flourished under the care of new and sensible owners.

The afternoon started with the obligatory agility course run as usual by Pat Scragg, and then Sophie Mount-Thurston continued with the games, which were really well supported. Every game needs to be dog friendly as holding a pug or OD is compulsory.

Comment might be made about the number of dogs coming in from Eastern Europe in general, which is very concerning. We have had to rehome many, and without doubt many of them are very unsettled and disturbed. Our Welfare parade was not without foreign representation, but the majority were ex breeding/abused/neglected pugs now happy and living a decent life. The oldest pug had come from kennels in Cyprus where she and a companion had been handed in and the kennels had made contact with us through various dog friends to help find them a retirement home. They will hold the Max cup for the coming year, which was presented to PDWRA some years ago.

There were many entries for the fancy dress, but the winner was the Good, the Bad and the Pugly with runner up, a farmyard collection, with a little girl dressed as a cowgirl with her sheep/pug.

Thank you to everyone who supported and helped us. The merchandise and tombola stalls were busy all afternoon, and a new addition was a jewellery stall where various items had been crafted for sale, and there was a constant queue for refreshments. The efforts of one busy day’s fundraising had already been blown by one seriously heavy vet bill the week before, but we never stop fundraising because the dogs keep on coming in.

View some more of the photographs taken at the Crowhurst 2016 Garden Party here