About Us

Who We Are

Photo Courtesy Mark Smithers

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. 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 volunteers including members of Friends of Welfare, whose contribution since this group was first formed has been invaluable.

Each year we re-home 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 re-homings 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 re-homing 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 Chairman, Charlotte Hill, and the Acting Secretary, Paula Parke, 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 volunteers and 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 re-homing 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.

Click here to read PDWRA’s Privacy Policy