Category Archives: Fundraising

Ironman Triathlon event is postponed

Due to the current situation, the Ironman Triathlon Event that PDWRA Volunteer and Vet Advisor Malcolm was due to participate in, has been postponed until further notice.  Sponsorship is on hold, although we appreciate general donations to cover urgent and emergency vet care costs as usual.

If you would like to donate, please go to


Thank you for your continued support.

Harvey’s adoption!

We are delighted to tell you that Harvey has been adopted by his foster family – he was just too special to part with.

PDWRA are immensely grateful for the love and care that his foster carers have given to Harvey, and we know he will be treasured into his twilight years.

Thank you all for your support.

Read the whole of Harvey’s story below.


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?

Harvey – another update

Harvey has been going from strength to strength, thanks to your kind and generous donations and support.

Here he is thoroughly enjoying a local pug meet this weekend.  He’s quite the social butterfly and greeted the other pugs with a good sniff.  Needless to say he slept well when he got home!

His ear infection continues to improve, and he has new hair growth emerging on his legs.

Thank you for supporting Harvey’s care.  We will keep you updated.

Harvey on his holidays!

Hello – Harvey here!

I’ve been on a little holiday with my canine companions and foster family to visit friends.  We had a great time – beach walks and spoils aplenty.

My skin condition can be problematic to manage, but is currently much better, thanks to the continued commitment of my foster carers and of course my PDWRA supporters.

Looking forward to my next adventure,

Harvey 🐾

Thank you to Keel Toys Ltd

Sending our most grateful thanks to Keel Toys Ltd for the 2 large boxes of soft pug toys sent through to our Area Co-ordinator Valerie Beadsmoore.

We really appreciate this extremely generous donation to our charity; it will raise much needed funds for pugs in need.

Puggy Love Valentine’s Party raises £615

We raised an amazing £615 from our Puggy Love Valentines Party in the North East last Sunday – even Storm Dennis couldn’t put a dampener on our puggy activities.

The “Wedding” between 2 rescue pugs, Motsi & Kevin, was closely followed by them tucking into a pug-friendly Wedding Cake that was eventually shared with the guests!

Bridesmaids were Dot, looking gorgeous in gold, and Audrey, rocking it in sky blue. Best Man was Donald – who seemed more interested in eating the confetti.

A close-up view of the wedding cake

More  yummy cakes

The marriage certificate

An enormous ‘Thank You’ goes to Party Organisers Extraordinaire who came in the guise of Gwen & Karen. Gwen built and donated the ‘altar/wedding arch’, the cake, and made the bride and groom costumes from bits and pieces she had at home. No funds were steered away from pugs in need. Karen’s husband, Ant, was the tech guru and matched each competition to appropriate music, and of course the Wedding March rang out to commence the pug nuptials.

Gwen also made the Kissing Booth – is there no end to this woman’s talents?

Another of our remarkable volunteers, Irene, donated all her time, ingredients and proceeds (over £80!) selling her delicious cakes on the day.

The Wedding was actually pulled together in less than a week!

Our final “Thank You” goes to everyone who donated in some way or other and came out to support us on a blustery Sunday!  We promise to find a bigger venue next time!

✉️ 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!