Category Archives: Events

PDWRA at the NEC

Big thanks to Kay and John Greene – and their pugs – who represented PDWRA, together with Monika and her pug Teddy, alongside the Breed Council, at the National Pet Show held at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend.

PDWRA at Bulldogs Unleashed

Great day had at Bulldogs Unleashed, the Edward Foundation were perfect hosts, we had lots of lovely visitors, Welfare and foster pugs – and raised an amazing £109 to boot.

Thank you to everyone who donated, especially Maureen, Dawn and Hazel – stalwart supporters!

🎆 And they’re off … FIREWORKS 🎆

Sadly, fireworks are set off in the weeks leading up to Bonfire Night, Halloween etc.  Many pugs, especially rescues who may have been kennelled outside, are extremely anxious around this time.

The Dogs Trust website has some useful top tips:

  • make sure your house and garden are secure
  • walk your dogs before dark, or as early in the evening as you can, then keep them indoors
  • make them snug.  Some owners swear by “Thunder Shirts” or “swaddling” techniques to help them feel as secure as possible.  You can purchase these online, or use jumpers or jackets they’re familiar with
  • use “Adaptil” plug-ins, collars, sprays etc which may calm anxious pets, or other natural supplements such as “YuCalm”
  • turn up the TV or radio, or put music on, to drown out loud bangs
  • enjoy fireworks safely, make a safe and secure “den” hideaway for your pet.

Yorkshire Student Event

On 8th October volunteers from across Yorkshire took their pugs to meet students from Digs Student Accommodation in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

We played ‘stick the tongue on the pug’ and ‘name the pug’, and the students had a great time playing with the pugs while the owners enjoyed a cuppa!!  Pip, who fosters (with her mum Maria and dad Marcus), raffled off her soft toy collection in aid of PDWRA – thanks Pip we know it was a big sacrifice to part with them!

It was lovely that the students had such a lovely time and they got lots and lots of cuddles!  As we left they said “this has been the best night ever!” And “please, please, please come back soon!!”


We raised over £150 and are excited to be going back on the 8th December for a fabulous Pug Christmas Party.

Click on the link below to our Fundraising Events page for details https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/upcoming-events/

or contact the Yorkshire Area co-ordinator Lisa at LisaPDWRA@nullgmail.com

Discover Dogs at Excel – 12/13 October

PDWRA volunteers and their pugs were at Discover Dogs at Excel in London on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October.

Our trade stand was very busy on both days – photos below of some of our volunteers and visitors during the day.

We also met PDWRA rescue pug Tallulah, who was taking part in the release of the Kennel Club breed rescue calendar.

On Sunday, PDWRA pugs enjoyed their own booth in the Rescue Area.

Lynne Kellow, PDWRA Secretary and Trustee, writes:

“The only way is Team Essex!

Thank you to our fantastic Team from Essex who represented PDWRA at Discover Dogs last weekend.  

The Team was organised by our Area Co-ordinator Clare, with Karen, Yasmin, Steve, Sally, Emma, Nikki, Jon, Rebekah, Darcie, Marcia, Jasmine, Peter, and our President Janet, Trustees Alison and Charlotte, and of course their lovely pugs!  They enjoyed meeting everyone – including some famous faces!”

Our most grateful thanks to all the volunteers and their pugs – many of whom helped on both days – for giving up their weekend to represent our charity at this very important event.  

Pug & Puffin event at Lyme Regis

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at the Pug & Puffin event on Lyme Regis beach.  It was a great turnout!  You enjoyed the lovely cakes made by volunteers Alison and David Holmes – which raised an amazing £162 for PDWRA! Our veterinary advisers Helen and Malcolm McKee and VAC support, Steve Kellow, enjoyed meeting you all and spreading the word about what PDWRA does.

Wimbledon Festival of Dogs

Well, they didn’t see any Wombles, but they had a great time at Wimbledon Festival of Dogs!

A massive thank you to our wonderful volunteers who came with their beautiful pugs and helped – you all did a great job!

Next weekend (28/29 September) Team East look forward to seeing you at the Essex Festival of Dogs!

Pug Picnic at Okehampton

Pug Picnic held on Bank Holiday Monday at Okehampton, Devon

30 people and 47 Pugs enjoyed a lovely relaxing day in beautiful weather and surroundings.  Hot Cornish Pasties were passed around to the visitors on arrival and cold drinks.  Mid afternoon a picnic BBQ was served.  A lovely raffle and table top auction took place with lots of Puggy things on offer – raising a total of £335.15 for PDWRA. Royal Canin supplied doggy treats for all.  A very friendly relaxing day for all.

Thank you to hosts, Colin and Mary Wills.

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 lisa.butland@nullicloud.com

🏃 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.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=melharcopugs&pageUrl=1

Thank you so much – and good luck, Neil, next Sunday!

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 –

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GemmaKempthorne

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