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🏃 Dundee Half Marathon 🏃

Back in 2012, Neil Flynn ran the Liverpool Marathon, raising over £1500 for PDWRA.

Fast forward a few years and he’s decided to enter the Dundee Half Marathon on 7 July, to raise more funds for PDWRA.

Every little helps – please click on the link below to support Neil if you can.


🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️Go Team Pug!🏃‍♀️🏃

Go Team Pug!

Not long to go and these crazy marvellous people will be running their legs off!

Please sponsor these 5 amazing people 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃 running for PDWRA in the Hackney Half Marathon on 19 May.

They are aiming to raise as much as possible to help with rising vet bills due to the record number of pugs surrendered this year.

Please support them; have a dig down your sofa cushions for a spare pound or two (the price of a coffee?) and spread the word, please!

Click on the link below to sponsor them!  Thank you!

🐾 Surrendering Your Pug 🐾

Volunteers at PDWRA deal with some extremely emotional surrenders.  They spend a lot of time reassuring the people who surrender, that they are doing the right thing for their beloved pug.

In many cases this support is extended to after the surrender, and for a few weeks until the pug has gone to its forever home.

Some people find this a comfort, whilst others need a clean break.

We never judge – we just do our best for all concerned.

Here is the link to our Surrendering Your Pug page:


Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak

Possibly our hardest to home are bonded pairs such as Bubble and Squeak, pictured above.

These two were surrendered recently due to a change in family circumstances.  Aged 5 they have been together since puppies. They are a lovely sweet natured pair who hopefully will soon find their forever home.

If you feel you are able to offer a special home to a pair of pugs, then please complete our online application form below, and make sure you answer YES when asked if you would adopt a bonded pair.

Online Application Form to Adopt a Pug

Alternatively, please follow the link below to download, complete and return an adoption application form via post, and please clearly mark your application “Perfect Pairs”.

Download the Pug Dog Adoption Form [PDF].

Once you have downloaded the form, please print it out and return it to the address at the bottom of the form.

Here is the link to our “Perfect Pairs” page:

***** Wanted: Volunteer Area Co-ordinators*****

Would you like to help us help pugs in need?

PDWRA is seeking to expand our Team of VACs to help meet the increasing numbers of pugs being surrendered to our care throughout the UK.

We are looking for VACs to join our Teams in the following areas:

covering Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire

covering West Midlands, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex and the Isle of Wight

covering all of the Welsh Counties

Applicants need to be reliable, confident, self-motivated and enjoy working as part of a team.  Basic IT skills, a flexible approach to working hours and, of course, a love of pugs are a must!

Please note this is an UNPAID VOLUNTEER ROLE but full support and training will be given.

For an application form or to find out more without obligation, please email by close on Monday 6 May.



Tombola items needed, please

We have a number of events coming up that PDWRA are attending.

We appreciate that not all of you can help, or get to the events, but we would really appreciate your help with tombola items.  These do not need to be costly, but PDWRA tombolas in previous years have been hugely successful, and help enormously to raise funds.

If you are happy to donate items, please email Deb at for her address,

or, better still,

order them through 😊 Amazon Smile 😊 
and get them delivered direct to Deb.

These items will be distributed between all of the teams and their events.

Thank you for supporting PDWRA.

Pickle has a new home!

Many thanks to everyone who has come forward to give Pickle his forever home.
We were inundated with applicants, but a decision has been made.
Thank you again for your interest in rehoming with PDWRA.

Gemma’s skydive for PDWRA

And she’s done it!  She jumped for the pugs!  Well done Gemma!

Gemma says: “I DID IT!  I jumped for the pugs!  Loved every single minute of it, think my face says it all.  Massive thank you to everyone who donated and came to see me jump!  I’ve raised nearly £700, not got full amount yet but will sort that out asap.”

Please sponsor her if you haven’t already done so – we think she was so brave to do this for the pugs – here is the link –

From everyone and every pug at PDWRA, a great big thank you to Gemma.  

Framlingham Country Show 13/14 April

The PDWRA gazebo at Framlingham Country Show, 13 and 14 April.

The weather was not kind to us as the weekend was bitterly cold, with a fair sprinkling of sleet and hail, and an Easterly wind blowing much of the time!

Some of our volunteers and visitors, and their pugs.

On Saturday our volunteers were Tracey, Toni and Paul, Debbie and her pugs Monty and Bella, along with Alison and Peter who set up the stand each day, and Janet.  On Sunday Alison and Peter held the fort again with volunteers Vicki, Lyn and Les, Sue, Debbie and Janet, together with pugs Oscar, Doris, Louie, Eric, Topsy and the long-suffering Monty paying a return visit.

It was lovely to meet Rose and Will who brought along their adopted paraplegic pug Frankie, who was thoroughly enjoying his day out together with his elderly companion Dizzee, also recently adopted.

A massive and very grateful thank you to all our volunteers and visitors for supporting PDWRA.

PDWRA will be attending a number of other events throughout the spring, summer and autumn – we hope the weather will be a little less cold!  We look forward to seeing as many of our supporters as possible at these events, to help spread the word about our charity, and the rescue and rehoming work we do.

Pug Yoga

Julia is very kindly running a Yoga Class to raise funds for PDWRA!  If you are local, why not pop along and join in – please email her to confirm your attendance – she would love to see you there!

Wanted: National Fundraising Co-ordinator

Would you like to volunteer for PDWRA?  We are looking for a National Fundraising Co-ordinator to join our team, to help promote and increase fundraising opportunities.

We need a self-motivated, confident and flexible person who works well in a team, is well versed in IT and Social Media, and is able to commit to an average of a minimum of 10 hours per week.

The ideal person will already love pugs and have experience of fundraising, but this is not essential, as enthusiasm and commitment to our cause will be taken into consideration!

If you are interested and would like to see the full role description, PLEASE

⭐ Thank you Hannah! ⭐

We have had a fabulous donation of £20 (£25 with Gift Aid) from one of our youngest fans, 11 year old Hannah Wild from Darlington!

Hannah was sponsored by her family and friends to do 50 skips a day.

⭐ Thank you Hannah from all our pugs in need – you’re a little star! ⭐

⭐ Discover Dogs at Crufts 2019 ⭐

The Pug Breed Stand in Discover Dogs – BEST OVERALL STAND!

The 2 photos above and below show Frontline presenting the Pug Stand in Discover Dogs with a prize for best stand. (Sunday 10.03.19) the fourth and final day of Crufts 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.  The two judges were Hector Heathcote and Paul Eardley who are both Kennel Club Board Members.
Photos by BeatMedia, The Kennel Club.


Well done and thank you to everyone who helped on the Discover Dogs Stand at Crufts over the 4 days of the show.

A mix of show, pet and PDWRA people helped by bringing their lovely dogs along to represent the breed.  Lots of people came to visit the Stand and enjoyed interacting with the Pugs, getting information about the breed and generally talking Pug!

The icing on the cake was for the Stand to be awarded ⭐ BEST OVERALL STAND ⭐ which is a great achievement! Well done to Alex Hill who set up and closed down each day.