In favour of fostering

From taking surrender calls, we know that some people are unhappy with the idea of pugs being placed into foster care, because they worry about the pug being moved twice.

We think that the email below, recently received by one of our VACs, reflects a positive experience:

“Hi Lisa, that’s brilliant news that *** and *** have settled in their foster home, thank you for letting us know. I am so glad I found your wonderful organisation and really appreciate your help, your kindness and your compassion, with rehoming the girls. What a wonderful thing you all do; I don’t know how we would have coped without you.”

Perfect pairs – could you offer a special home to a pair of pugs?

PDWRA is currently receiving an increasing number of requests to find new homes for pugs that need rehoming together.

We never separate a bonded pair of pugs.  Could you offer a special home to a pair of pugs like these two, who were happily rehomed together by PDWRA in 2019?

To apply to adopt a pair of pugs, here is the link to our Perfect Pairs adoption page:

🐾 Harvey – further update 🐾

This is Harvey.  He was surrendered into our care yesterday.

Harvey previously lived with an elderly owner who has dementia, and who was consequently struggling to care for his needs.  We thank Harvey’s extended family for choosing to surrender Harvey into our care, where he will now receive the treatment he requires.


For now we are giving Harvey space just to ‘be’.  True to his pug character, Harvey is making the most of the new experiences his foster home has to offer – short walks, regular appropriate meals, and the companionship of other dogs.

Harvey has an appointment with the vet today, when his treatment will begin.  We will keep you all updated on his progress.

Please donate to help us fund Harvey’s treatment.  You can donate via Paypal at

Or for alternative methods, here is the link to our Donating to Pug Welfare page:

Please use the reference “Harvey” so that we can quickly acknowledge your donations.

On behalf of Harvey, thank you.

Harvey’s vet visit update

Harvey’s initial visit to the vet.

Harvey, as expected, was a little worried about his examination by the vet, but testament to his lovely nature; he politely permitted the vet to check him over.

Harvey has been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis with a secondary skin infection.  His ears, hind legs, tail, abdomen, anal area and scrotum are affected.  His ear canals are currently too inflamed to examine any deeper – they will be re-examined once the swelling subsides.

Harvey is currently being treated with a combination of antibiotics, steroids, flea treatment, and a medicated shampoo.  He has a follow up appointment at the end of this week.  Castration, a dental, and vaccinations will be scheduled once his skin condition is well under control.

Harvey is already scratching less, and is visibly more comfortable.  He has regained his appetite following the move, and has claimed his spot on the sofa.

His vet bill for treatment so far – including blood tests –  is £189.98.

Thank you for your supportive words and kind donations.

Harvey – further update

Harvey’s skin continues to improve – now feeling much softer and looking far less angry than it did a week ago.

Harvey is thoroughly enjoying his time in foster, and is continuing to build friendships with the other resident animals.

Is it time for dinner yet?


✉️ Christmas has been and gone – but 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 Christmas cards and packages which will have been sent out this month.

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.


🎄Essex Area Christmas Party🎄

What an absolutely fantastic day we had.  An amazing £800 was raised for PDWRA in just a couple of hours!

It was wonderful to meet and greet so many of our supporters, and to have time to chat with friends old and new, and their pugs.

Huge thanks to the PDWRA fundraising team of Rachel (and husband Steve) and Lorraine who joined us for the event, working tirelessly on the raffles and auction items.

Well done Team Essex – in particular Clare, Marcia, Sally and Steven (aka Father Christmas) – for organising the event.  Big thanks also to Debbie and Richard for coming along with the 2 pug sleigh which always brings the house down!

We hope you will enjoy looking at these lovely photos which were kindly taken by Clare’s Dad, a retired professional photographer.

We are now looking forward to next year’s party!

😊 AmazonSmile – another donation 😊

This is your quarterly AmazonSmile donation notification. Your chosen charity, The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association, recently received a quarterly donation of £164.00 thanks to customers shopping at

To date, Amazon has donated a total of £383.39 to The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association.

We’ve just received the above email from Amazon.

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

⭐⭐ ⭐ Mega Auction – end of year total! ⭐ ⭐⭐

Thank you so much for all your support.  The Mega Auction is now closed for Christmas, but our Fundraising Team of Rachel, Lorraine and Pauline will be back in January.

In 2 weeks in December we raised an amazing £7,143.75!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

Let’s see what 2020 brings …

🎄Yorkshire’s Christmas Pug Party🎄

Report from Lisa, PDWRA Rehoming Co-ordinator for Yorkshire:

We smashed it – £1,504.56 !!

Working in partnership with DIGs Student Accommodation, we hosted our first Christmas Pug Party at Storthes Hall Park, West Yorkshire.  It was a resounding success.

Emma and Lisa, and the DIGs staff and students were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, and they ran a pug creche providing lots of cuddles and did numerous woodlands walks with the pugs.

A PDWRA forever home made the journey from the East coast to reunite their PDWRA pug with their former foster family; we hadn’t told them, so it was a big surprise – and there were tears!

and now to the Thank You(s) –

Oh my goodness, there are so many, I hope I don’t miss any:

Everyone who donated – MB Textiles, @sophiebrabbin, Hug Rug, Headline Hairdressers, Two for Joy Tattoo studio, Morrisons at Elland, Stinky Dog Groomers, Cost Base North, Lisa Wedge; drink donations from Louise, Carol, Carol; Aaron for VIP tickets, stall holders (Jean, Paula, Justin, Fiona, Dawn, Maggie, Alison and Peter), Ryan and Karen for photos, Yasmin, Kelly and West Yorkshire Pugs for marketing – and Pauline, Maggie, Paula and Dawn for their beautiful homemade crafts.

Volunteers who helped on the day, Students, PDWRA volunteers (Jo, Jackie, Alison and Peter who collectively knocked up 726 miles to be there!), Santa and his helper, Martin the amazing chef who makes a tasty Sunday roast!

Amanda, Maria and their families for hour and hours of work and so many ideas for the event.

and DIGs Student Accommodation for the fabulous room!

See you all next year!


PDWRA Area Rehoming Co-ordinator – Yorkshire

🐾 Norfolk pug party 🐾

A huge thank you to the East Coast Owners Club for Pugs & Squishy Face Breeds for their amazing donation of £350 to PDWRA.  Special thanks to Jo and Colin Oldham of The Avenue Pub, Great Yarmouth, for hosting the event.  Here are some photos of pugs and their owners enjoying the  Christmas walk and meet up (not to mention the delicious cakes) which took place yesterday, Saturday 7 December.