Welcome to the PDWRA Website

Coronavirus update – please read

Over the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring the Government’s advice regarding Coronavirus.  In light of the most recent guidelines, our Volunteers are still not able to carry out home checks until further notice.  However, in some cases it may be possible to carry out video home checks; our online adoption and foster applications have therefore now been re-instated.

If anyone needs any help or advice, please contact your Volunteer Area Co-ordinator, whose details you will find on our Surrendering Your Pug page.  Here is the link:



Visit PDWRA PEOPLE to see our list of Trustees and find out how to Contact Us. 

Visit FRIENDS OF WELFARE to find out how to become a Friend of Welfare. 

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

Visit RESCUE STORIES to read the stories of some of the pugs rescued and rehomed by PDWRA; click here to access the drop down menu for this section.

Visit ADOPTION & FOSTERING for further information; use the links below for details of how to apply to adopt or ‎foster a PDWRA pug:



Visit our new VOLUNTEERING page if you would like to become a Volunteer for our charity.  Use the link below for details of how to apply:


Visit SHOPPING for a great selection of puggy merchandise in the PDWRA Shop as well as the limited edition Poorly Paw Pugs. 

Last but not least, please visit DONATE to find out how to make a donation to PDWRA.

And finally – why not visit the PDWRA Mega Auction for Pugs In Need page on Facebook?

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

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.

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

In 2019 we were asked to find new homes for 397 pugs; although there were a few cases which did not go ahead, most of these rehomings did take place.  This was a substantial increase on our 2018 total of 356 pugs.  The Trustees had decided in 2014 that the time had come to operate our rehoming system on a regional basis; there are now 10 regional areas, covering the whole of the UK, the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.  Full details and contact telephone numbers can be seen on our Surrendering Your Pug page.

The Acting Chairman, Charlotte Hill, and the Secretary, Lynne Kellow, 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.


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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