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Would You Like to Help Us Help Pugs in Need?

The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (PDWRA) are seeking volunteers who are passionate about pug rescue, and have a minimum of 10 hours a week to help assist with rehoming.

We are looking for Volunteer Area Co-ordinators to represent PDWRA and work alongside our other VACs and Trustees.

The Role of a VAC:

You will be expected to:

  • Receive Surrender calls
  • Communicate with and manage volunteers in your Area
  • Co-ordinate home visits for adoptive and foster homes in your allocated Area
  • Co-ordinate transportation for pugs being surrendered and/or adopted in your allocated Area
  • Complete all necessary paperwork
  • Work alongside the Trustees, other VACs and volunteers to promote PDWRA
  • Follow PDWRA’s rehoming guidelines at all times.

The skills we’re looking for in you:

  • A professional and sensitive telephone manner
  • Able to communicate with and work with the Trustees, other volunteers and members of the public
  • The ability to be diplomatic and remain non-judgemental, keeping information confidential at all times
  • Flexibility with the hours you can commit
  • Able to communicate by email and social media, and complete paperwork in an accurate and timely manner.

What we can offer you:

  • Full support, training and guidance
  • Voluntary experience
  • Travel and other expenses as appropriate
  • An opportunity to make a difference in the lives of rescued pugs.

If you are interested in applying, or have any questions, please email your request to Lynne Kellow (Secretary) at


Meet PDWRA’s new Events Co-ordinator!

The Trustees are delighted to announce that Rachel Hodges will be joining the PDWRA Team as our Events Co-ordinator.  Rachel will be promoting events and fundraising activities that support PDWRA, so she is keen to hear from you if you have any ideas or anything planned.  Many of you will already know Rachel for the fantastic job she does on the PDWRA Mega Auction.

Rachel has had pugs for many years, and is also an experienced fosterer and home checker for PDWRA.

To contact Rachel about fundraising or events, please email her at


🐾 Further update on Shirley 🐾

We thought you might like to see Shirley and her family.  She is doing really well thanks to your generosity and the splendid care she has.

Here she is at Lanhydrock near Bodmin in Cornwall, at the pug meet up yesterday (Sunday) with Wilson and family and friends!

Shirley has had her operation!  Funds in excess of £850 were raised in a very short space of time (just a few hours) – what generous and caring supporters we are lucky enough to have.

Shirley’s Mum says :”she’s still very sleepy but that isn’t anything new as she loves to snooze all day.  Eating well and having natural yoghourt for her sore throat.  She’s not loving this weather at all, so hope the storm passes quickly and she can get back to sunbathing in the garden.  If you could thank everyone for their care and support for Shirley.”

Here are some post-op pics of the beautiful Shirley.


Meet Shirley. She is 12.

Shirley Crabtree (she’s a bit cranky) is 12 years old.  She is blind, but otherwise healthy.  Her favourite pastimes include sunbathing in her garden, and being carried by her adopter across the moors.  Shirley is partner to tripawd Wilson (a black PDWRA pug) and lives with her adopters’ two existing male pugs.

Shirley and Wilson were previously adopted through PDWRA some time ago by a lovely older lady, but sadly she fell and suffered serious brain damage, also badly breaking Wilson’s leg in the fall.  Both pugs were placed in foster care in Cornwall.  The fosterers very kindly cared for them, the intention being that if their owner ever made a full recovery, the pugs would be returned.  However, this was not to be, and the pugs were surrendered into our care in August 2018.  Their fosterers, Leanne and Graeme, immediately chose to adopt both pugs.

Earlier this week we received a call from Leanne to say that Shirley’s eyelid cyst had grown enough to cause a painful ulcer in her eye.  At the time of adoption, the cyst was very small, and not of huge concern; but it was nevertheless there.  We have been given a verbal quote of £850 for this surgery, to be undertaken as soon as possible.

If you would like to help fund Shirley’s surgery, any donations would be very gratefully received.

You can donate via the following link:

Please use the reference SHIRLEY.

Thank you.

Attention all Northerners!

Yorkshire, Durham, Cumbria, Tyne and Wear, and Northumberland need people who can adopt or help by fostering pugs.

Please email if you think you can help.

There is a lot of guidance about adopting and fostering here on our website, so please may we ask you to follow the links below to read through before emailing.

A Dogs Yorkshire Day Out

A massive thank you to Lisa Butland, Area Rehoming Co-ordinator for Yorkshire, and Alison Mount (and husband Peter!), Trustee and brains behind our pug-related merchandise, for promoting the work of PDWRA and raising some much needed funds in excess of £220 at The Dogs Trust, Leeds Fun Day on Sunday, 4 August.

It was a great day with hundreds of visitors.  A big thank you to everyone who volunteered on the day, and to The Dogs Trust, Leeds for their amazing organisation of a fab event.

We couldn’t do any of this without help from our volunteers.  If anyone thinks they may be able to help with such things as co-ordinating/mentoring volunteers, finding local stories for social media and fundraising within the Yorkshire region, please contact Lisa Butland at

😊 AmazonSmile – another donation 😊

Dear Charity Administrator,

This email is to notify you that Amazon has donated £85.56 to your organisation (The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association) as a result of AmazonSmile programme activity between 1 April and 30 June, 2019. The donation has been deposited to your organisation’s bank account on or before 1 August, 2019.

Also, don’t forget to use your unique charity link, enabling supporters to select your organisation on with just one click:

We’ve just received the above email from Amazon.

So, please don’t forget to support PDWRA by starting your shopping at


Update on Maggie

Many thanks to everyone who has emailed and expressed interest in the beautiful Maggie.  We have the best supporters ever!

We are delighted to say that we are very close to finding Maggie’s happy ever after home, so we are not accepting any more applications for her.

Please, if you haven’t been successful this time, apply to adopt via the link below.  If your circumstances and home check are successful, then you will be put on a waiting list to adopt another pug – not all pugs need an appeal like Maggie’s.

This is Maggie.

Maggie is 4 years old and is currently in foster in Cornwall.  Maggie is looking for her adoptive home.

Maggie is a sociable, affectionate lady, who gets on well with all people and dogs alike.  She has previously lived with other dogs, and is enjoying another pug to play with during her time in foster.   Maggie could also be happy as an only pug if her people were around for most of the day.

As you may have noticed, Maggie has only one eye, having lost her other eye in an incident in her previous home.  Her remaining eye is in good health.

Maggie has a sunny, comical disposition and very much enjoys spending time with “her people”.  She likes to be included in most interests, but can cope with being left for a few hours.

Maggie can bark at the usual pug stimulus, but stops when told no.

Could you be the loving home that Maggie is hoping for?

Benji and his eye

Benji has had problems with his eye since a pup. It grew to an abnormally large size and also had a cyst on the eye ball. As it grew larger the pressure was uncomfortable for Benji and the cyst oozed a horrible discharge. Due to personal circumstances his owners were no longer able to cope and surrendered Benji to PDWRA. It soon became apparent that he had no sight in the eye and he was also quite scary to other dogs as it seemed like he was ‘eye balling’ them.
A decision was made to remove the eye to ease his discomfort and stop the cyst from oozing and collecting in his facial folds. His foster mum reports of a dramatic change in Benji. He is much livelier and happier.
When Benji’s wound is completely healed his forever home will be found.
Currently Benji’s vet bills are quite high so any donations would be very gratefully received.
You can donate via the following link:

A sad update

With great sadness, we have just learned that these dogs did not make it home.  The police investigation is still ongoing, and no further information is available at present.

 All of us at PDWRA send our sincere condolences to their grieving owners.  

RIP the Tamworth 5.


Happy Update for Benji!

This is Benji.

We are happy to announce that Benji’s forever home has been found, and he’s getting ready for his new life.

Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest, and everyone who shared, we are very grateful to you.

If you weren’t lucky enough to be chosen to rehome Benji, there may be another equally deserving rescue pug just waiting for you to apply to adopt through the link below.

Benji is a very nervous little dog, and probably always will be.  That said, he is a friendly and loving dog and eager to please, once he gets to know you.  Benji is very wary of strangers and it takes time to build his trust.

We think he was left crated for long hours, which may account for his initial reticence.  Benji is 18 months old, neutered and fully housetrained.  He was surrendered because his family didn’t have the time to spend with him any more.

Benji can be a bit of a loner, but got on really well with his foster carer’s other dogs, and started to learn from them.  We think he needs to be with other dogs and an owner who is committed to continue with his training that his foster carer has started.  We would not consider placing him with a family with young children as he can get a bit mouthy when excited.  He loves his long walks, and is very responsive to your voice.

As his foster carer states: “Benji will never win any bravery awards but he would be a fun addition to anyone wanting an active little pug”.

Alfie – a little update

Friday night

Alfie has had his first week check up at the vets.  The fur he has got is black and shiny, and the bare patches of skin are soft and no longer scabby.  The vet was very pleased.  There is still a very long way to go with the demodex, but we are heading in the right direction.

Thursday night

Alfie has had no formal training or socialising, so I took him along to a training class.

What a little star.  He mastered the “leave it” command very quickly.  So quickly that I was able to pop a treat on his paw, and he left it.

I practised again this morning, and if you look carefully you can see the treat on the mat, and then on his paw.





This is Alfie.

Alfie is thought to be 9 months old. He was surrendered in the South East with demodex and secondary skin infections.

Demodex in young dogs is thought to be passed from mother to pup. It is quite likely that this young lad has been suffering for many months.



Unable to afford vet treatment Alfie was surrendered to PDWRA and is currently in foster care.





Read more about demodex at:


In Their Happy Places

Two beautiful boys who have found forever homes in the South East region.

Todd, a lovely calm, laid back, cuddly boy now has his forever home being spoilt and pampered.

Charlie has made some new friends and spends his days running around playing chase!

Life could not be better!