Number of pugs adopted in 2023

1: Before Applying

Before applying to adopt a Pug, please consider becoming a Friend of Welfare via an annual subscription to PDWRA. As a registered charity we rely on donations from the public to carry out our work which is undertaken by a small team of volunteers.

The Pug is a unique and special breed, requiring a unique and special home. Pugs are rehomed with the applicant most suited to the specific needs of each individual Pug.

It should be noted that taking on a rescue Pug is a huge commitment both emotionally and financially. Many of our Pugs will require special care and attention. Please consider this very carefully before applying to adopt.

An adoption fee will apply, which is non-refundable.

Before completing the Adoption Application Form, please read the following Guidance Notes and instructions on How to Apply which includes the adoption fee information .

2: Guidance Notes

Please note that all applicants must reside in the UK or Channel Islands and be aged 21 to 74yrs.

  • All applications will be acknowledged automatically by email.
  • All applicants must agree to be home checked by an authorised PDWRA representative.
  • If your initial application is successful, you will then receive a further email to arrange a home check.
  • If your home check is successful, you will receive a further email advising that you have been placed on our waiting list. Please note that it will usually take a few weeks for your application to be processed, although occasionally the adoption process can occur quickly if suitable pugs are waiting in foster homes.
  • Applicants must be able to provide adequate insurance for the pug. At present, pre-existing conditions will be covered by PDWRA during the lifetime of the Pug.
  • Applications from those in full-time work, outside of the home, cannot be accepted. Pugs are a companion breed and need company therefore specify on your application what arrangements are in place for their daily supervision.  
  • Applicants who already own un-neutered males or un-spayed bitches will not be considered.   If you are willing for your dogs to be neutered or spayed please advise us. A vet bill will be required as proof.
  • Please keep us up to date on any changes in your circumstances.

3: How to Apply

To assist the Trustees in the rehoming of Pugs, please complete the form in full including the “About Yourself” section which will enable us to determine your suitability for a rescue Pug. It should be noted that all Pugs are rehomed to the most appropriate home to suit the Pug.

May we remind you that applicants must be aged 21 to 74 years, and reside in the UK or Channel Isles.

If you are selected to adopt a Pug, you will usually be required to take him or her at very short notice, and without having seen the Pug.

If your application is successful, an adoption fee will be required, as we do need funds to allow us to continue to rescue Pugs and to help pay for vet fees and transportation costs.

The adoption fee per pug, from PDWRA, is as follows:

These are minimum fees, should you wish to donate above this.

  • Pugs under one year – £500
  • 1 to 2 years – £400
  • 3 to 4 years – £350
  • 5 to 7 years – £300
  • 8 to 10 years – £200
  • 11 years & Over – £100

A £100 discount (£50 per pug), will apply when adopting a Bonded-Pair of Pugs.

A payment to PDWRA by BACS immediately prior to adoption will be required.

Please note that adoption fees are non-refundable.

  • Please ensure that you have read, understood and accept the above guidance notes.
  • If your initial application is successful, you agree to be home checked by an authorised PDWRA representative.
  • If you are selected to adopt a Pug, you agree to make a BACS payment to PDWRA immediately prior to adoption.
  • Complying with microchip regulations that came into force from 6 April 2016, PDWRA will transfer ownership details on completion of adoption.

Golden Oldies & Perfect Pairs

We receive fewer applications for people interested in adopting older Pugs aged 8 and over, despite bringing the same joy and love.  Naturally as they grow older they require different levels of care to younger pugs.

Similarly, we have an increasing number of requests for bonded pugs who need rehoming together.  While this may cost you a little more, they are ready-made companions who bring twice the love!

If you feel you can help in either of these circumstances, please see our Golden Oldies and Perfect Pairs pages for more information.



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