Category Archives: Events

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

🏃 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.

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 –

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!

⭐ 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.

🐾 Thank you! 🐾

The North East UK Christmas Party on 1 December made a profit of £1004.25 for our pugs in need!

Thank you to everyone who supported us – our vets bills for November alone have already reached £12,451 so this will help significantly.

Thank you Lorraine!

Huge thanks to Lorraine Callaghan who raised an extraordinary amount of £5,030 over just 12 weeks!

Lorraine did several weekly challenges, each one was for 7 days, and everything cost £7.

Challenges included: ironing, hair cuts and blow dries, washing cars, and walking 7 miles a day for 7 days!

As if that wasn’t enough, Lorraine then held events like a silent auction night, selling goods (Halloween and Baby Pugs – of the stuffed variety), raffles, a pamper day with afternoon tea, facials and pedicures!

Lorraine also has her own grumble of 5 pugs, aged between 4 and 13, one of which is a rescue.

What an inspiration all our supporters are – thank you from all the pugs in need.

PDWRA at Discover Dogs, Excel 2018

Some of the PDWRA team at Discover Dogs yesterday –

and they’re back again today!

Huge thanks to all our volunteers and helpers (and their pugs) who have given up their weekend to promote our Charity.

We couldn’t do what we do, without you.

There are more than 280 pugs on the Rehoming Register already in 2018.

Thank you!

On behalf of all of us at PDWRA, an enormous thank you to everyone who took part in our very special 45th anniversary walks and events.  The response has been amazing.

This is a fantastic amount and will go towards helping many pugs in need!


To all of the hard work that has gone into all of the organised walks and fund raising events this year so far to celebrate PDWRA’s 45th Anniversary Year.

What a busy year it is proving to be too so your donations and support are so appreciated and will go a long way towards helping our pugs in need and the pugs that continue to need our help every day.

We still have more announcements to make but these are some of the amazing totals raised so far! Every penny helps!

💚 Kelly Ash – £30
💚 SNORKIES – £59
💚 Fife pug meet up – £400
💚 Cheshire Pug Meet Up – £128.50
💚 Northern Short Noses – £120
💚 Cornwall Pug Meet – £754.50
💚 Pug Grumble Club Dorset & SW – £50.65
💚 South Staffs Pug Group – £50
💚 Rachel Hodges & Finn – £114
💚 Aberdeen City & Shire Pug Meet Up – £200
💚 Bedford Borough Pugs, Bucks Pugs, Cambridge Pugs, Northants Pugs & North Herts Pugs – £1,370.25
💚 Wokingham Pugs – £405.50
💚 Andover Group Garden Party – £150
💚 Lorraine Callaghan – £725