A most generous gesture

PDWRA would like to extend a big Thank You to Claire Riseborough who has just had a birthday.

Instead of giving her any birthday presents, at Claire’s request her husband and her sister-in-law have both donated to pugs in need.

So a special Thank You goes to Tracy Linger and Mark Riseborough for their thoughtful donation, which is so much appreciated.


2020 Fundraising – June total

Another fabulous month of fundraising and what a great Year Total so far

We are so grateful to everyone who continues to support us.  Without you, this is not possible.

It’s tough out there for charities in these difficult times.

This is PDWRA’s only form of income at the moment, to help treat all the needy pugs.

A massive Thank You to you all.

Meet our VAC from Scotland

Our VAC covering Scotland is Sandra.  Here’s her story.

I have been involved in foster and adoption for 3 years now, adopting Elvis first in 2017.

Elvis had a few previous foster homes but unfortunately with no success.  He is both epileptic and deaf, both challenging conditions.  However, he settled into our home instantly and became such an amazing and loved family member.

Then came the fosters, 10 so far to date and I also confess to being a failed foster more than once.

Little Poppy came to us having been kept caged for up to 23 hours a day, this was to stop her shedding her hair in her owners’ home.  She has severe allergies which cause her to scratch continuously.  She had no hair from her chin to her tummy, her legs and paws were bitten.  But with TLC, the right medication and diet, we got her onto the road to recovery and into our hearts.

My favourite part of this journey is seeing the joy and excitement when the new families come to pick up their new companions.  The dogs’ reactions are just as amazing.  You feel their sense of knowing they are going to their forever homes.  This fills me with such happiness.  It makes all the work so worthwhile.

We are proud puggy parents to 5 darlings.  Olly was my first pug, now an old man of 11, still the tiniest pug I have ever come across.  A small dog with a big attitude!  We also have 2 fosters with us at the moment.  They are all treated the same way as part of our family.

PDWRA has also been like a family.  Everyone is so kind and helpful.  Emma our other VAC in Scotland has now stepped down, but her advice and guidance has been invaluable to me.

Meet one of our VACs from the South West

I live in the South West of Cornwall with my family, and three older rescue pugs: Teddy, Poppy and Kitty,  I enjoy walking, sailing, kayaking and being in the company of my pugs.  My day job is as a part time Early Years Practitioner.  I find there are many similarities between small children and pugs – both require a good sense of humour and much patience.

My introduction into the charity began in 2014.  I volunteered myself to hold a local sponsored pug walk as part of a PDWRA National fundraising event.  I had adopted two failed K9 Crusaders foster pugs, Teddy and Poppy, and now smitten with the breed, was keen to meet other pugs and their owners, and support those in need.  The walk was a huge success, and as a consequence we founded the Cornwall Pug Meet.  We meet regularly over the cooler months.

Having volunteered in kennel based general dog rescues over the years, I was keen to know more about volunteering for a foster based rescue.

I began my career as a PDWRA Volunteer Rehoming Co-ordinator in 2016 – working with Wales and West founder, and now PDWRA South West VAC, Maureen.   I thoroughly enjoy working as part of a National Team – working together to find pugs the most suitable home.

My first surrender and foster was an exuberant and unforgettable pug cross called Betty.  She left her mark in the form of gnawed door architraves and missing kitchen door knobs.  I found her a nice rural farm home.

I think my most challenging, and equally reqarding case to date was a little pug cross called Jenny.  Jenny was merely a pup, failed by her owner who left her outside all day and all night in extremely poor conditions, and without regular food and water.  I worked hard with Jenny’s caring neighbour to keep her safe, and six months later she arrived in the care of PDWRA.  Jenny went on to be adopted by a wonderful couple who were previous adopters; here is the link to her story.


One of the most rewarding parts of the role for me is seeing those all too often misunderstood pugs turning a corner with the support and patience of a PDWRA foster carer.  Patience, time, love, boundaries and exercise can achieve wonders.  We really are blessed to have the very best foster carers available to help.  I think I gain the most reward from seeing an elderly pug settle down on a comfortable sofa. They ask for very little, yet offer so much.

Meet another of our SW VACs

Maureen was one of the original founders of the Wales & West Pug Rescue.  Here is her story.

I live in Devon with my five pugs and one Pekinese.  My pug Ruby is a rescue who arrived six years ago.

Pugs have been in my family all my life – owning my first one some 52 years ago!  Lucy was born on Easter Sunday 1968 as “Demelza’s Easter Nimbell”, pictured here.  She was actually sired by Nimrod, the first pug to ever win the Toy Group at Crufts (1967).

I have been lucky to be able to breed and show them with good success, and I am also a Championship show judge for the breed.

A small group of us got together in 1987 and formed the Wales & West of England Pug Dog Club.  In 1988 we formed our rescue group on which I served for 30 years.  In 2018 sadly our volunteers were ageing, and we were very short of numbers.  A suggestion was put in place to pool our resources and combine with PDWRA, which has worked so well.

I have always been involved with fundraising events, fostering pugs, and home checks.

Lots of friendships have been made over the years with my involvement with pug rescue, and I have found it so rewarding.

Meet our third SW VAC

Meet another of our VACs, Kirsty from the South West:

I became involved with PDWRA 2 years ago when my fiancée and I applied to become foster carers for a pooch in need.  We run a dog daycare and homeboarding business in Cornwall and had the time and facilities to offer a temporary home for a dog in need.

This may be the time to confess our dark secret – we weren’t too sure about pugs!  Having cared for many breeds over the years and considering ourselves big dog people, I applied to foster a pug because I felt sure I would not get too attached.  How wrong I was.  We did not realise the impact these funy little creatures would have on our lives, and after a crash course on how to speak and understand Pug from the wonderful VAC Jane, we were on our way.

We collected our first foster pug, a small and stern black female now named Piggy, nearly 2 years ago, who of course never left.  We should have seen the trouble coming after we signed the adoption papers and she promptly attached herself to the end of my nose in gratitude.  She rules with an iron fist but has us laughing all the time and will get involved in anything we throw at her from agility to canoeing.

We have since fostered 5 more pugs and number 6 has also decided he will be staying, to pursue his new found love of the sea and water based hobbies.  He has been our most challenging guest with his complex behaviour issues, but totally worth it when a year on he is complimented out in public on being “such a lovely well behaved dog” – although his favourite pastime is still to dive out from under a table and try to grab a waiter’s ankles!

There are many wonderful elements to the role of VAC and involvement with PDWRA.  I love seeing a happy pug in a happy home and to know that you were a part of their happy ending.  Also being part of a supportive community who are as pug mad as we are, and meeting some lovely people because of it.

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Thank you to the ASDA Foundation

PDWRA would like to extend a very big Thank You to the ASDA Foundation, who run the charitable Green Token Giving programme in-store.

We were nominated and voted for by Bromsgrove shoppers.

Thank you from all the grateful pugs in need.

Would you like to become a VAC?

Could you help us help pugs in need?

PDWRA are looking for Volunteer Area Co-ordinators to join their hard-working existing Volunteer Team throughout the UK, to deal with all aspects of Pug Rehoming, from taking surrender calls to managing cases, vetting new homes, and matching pugs to applicants.

You need to be very flexible and have a minimum of 10 hours per week to commit as well as being passionate about rescue, computer literate and have good interpersonal skills.

Rescue work can be very emotional but also extremely rewarding, so if you would like further information or an application form, please email:


We’re starting a series of posts to introduce some of our Area Co-ordinators, written by them, about their volunteering and their pugs.

Here is the link to the first in the series:


Meet one of our VACs

VAC Clare from East region writes:

“My day job is a manager in a busy veterinary hospital, and  I was first introduced to the charity 3 years ago by a colleague there. I already had a pug who still rules the roost, Polly, though I had no idea how many pugs were being surrendered and needed new homes.

I began as a foster carer/home checker volunteer for PDWRA and will always remember my first foster, dear Uncle Bulgaria, who was a feisty pug with unfortunately a lot of health problems. We sadly only had him for a few months.

After a year or so, I became a regional Area Co-ordinator.  In addition to the day-to-day rehoming work, I have helped with various Events from Crufts to local fundraising parties, to help spread the word of this incredible charity who I feel honoured to be part of.

To date my most challenging and rewarding case is a little girl pug who was dumped outside a police station with multiple health issues. I collected and nursed her back to health. A year on she is living the dream life where she can want for nothing!

My favourite part of the role is working with the pugs that come in, to get them rehabilitated and ready for their forever homes. Also, working with the rest of the regional PDWRA teams and local volunteers has made me lifelong friends, thanks to the charity.

At home I currently have 5 pugs, Polly, Lolly, Rigsby, Lars and Babs, all very accepting of any foster pugs I bring home. Sadly, I very recently lost our 6th, Percy, who crossed the rainbow bridge”.

If you would like further information or an application form to become a VAC, please email:


Meet another of our VACs

One of our amazing VACs covering the South East is Nikki.  Here’s her story:

I first started volunteering for PDWRA in 2018 after I met a previous Co-ordinator at a local pug walk.  I was surprised at the time that there was a specific rescue just for pugs, as I couldn’t imagine who would want to part with their pug … and each year the numbers increase.

I started home-checking and transporting and then my first foster pug, Elvis, arrived.  He came into foster the week before Christmas and fitted straight in with my other pugs Darcy and Lola.  It is safe to say it was love at first sight, and he never left!  He even walked up Snowdon with me and my husband!  I have since fostered other pugs, but they are now very loved ad settled in their new homes.

I started the Area Co-ordinator role back in October 2019 and although it can be challenging at times, with working a full-time job as well, I absolutely love the work I do for PDWRA and I am proud to support the charity.  It is so rewarding to see when pugs are placed into adoption, especially after a difficult surrender.  I have a brilliant team of volunteers who are always willing to help a pug in need and I am very grateful for all of their support.

If you’re interested in becoming a VAC or would like more information, please email:


A poem about Hugo

8 year old Imogen was tasked in her homework to write a poem about what she likes best! Also to include similes and metaphors.
This was what she wrote:
Hugo climbs like a mountain goat,
Although he doesn’t know how to get down,
He’s as soft as a velvet cushion
and he makes my heart melt.
What a wonderfully sweet view from Imogen about her beloved PDWRA pug Hugo!

✉️ We are still collecting stamps! ✉️

An easy way to convert used stamps into cash to help our rescue pugs, is to save them and send to us, especially with the volume of letters and packages being sent out at the present time.

Please collect and send to:

PDWRA, Used Stamps Appeal, Fords Farm, Horsey, Norfolk NR29 4EP.

We receive £10 per kilo for used stamps.  The address is also shown in the poster below.

Why not ask your family and friends to save their stamps too?

And why not recycle your used inkjet printer cartridges too?  Here is the link for details:


Thank you for your continuing support.