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Would You Like to Help Us Help Pugs in Need?

The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (PDWRA) are seeking volunteers who are passionate about pug rescue, and have a minimum of 10 hours a week to help assist with rehoming.

We are looking for Volunteer Area Co-ordinators to represent PDWRA and work alongside our other VACs and Trustees.

The Role of a VAC:

You will be expected to:

  • Receive Surrender calls
  • Communicate with and manage volunteers in your Area
  • Co-ordinate home visits for adoptive and foster homes in your allocated Area
  • Co-ordinate transportation for pugs being surrendered and/or adopted in your allocated Area
  • Complete all necessary paperwork
  • Work alongside the Trustees, other VACs and volunteers to promote PDWRA
  • Follow PDWRA’s rehoming guidelines at all times.

The skills we’re looking for in you:

  • A professional and sensitive telephone manner
  • Able to communicate with and work with the Trustees, other volunteers and members of the public
  • The ability to be diplomatic and remain non-judgemental, keeping information confidential at all times
  • Flexibility with the hours you can commit
  • Able to communicate by email and social media, and complete paperwork in an accurate and timely manner.

What we can offer you:

  • Full support, training and guidance
  • Voluntary experience
  • Travel and other expenses as appropriate
  • An opportunity to make a difference in the lives of rescued pugs.

If you are interested in applying, or have any questions, please email your request to Lynne Kellow (Secretary) at


Meet PDWRA’s new Events Co-ordinator!

The Trustees are delighted to announce that Rachel Hodges will be joining the PDWRA Team as our Events Co-ordinator.  Rachel will be promoting events and fundraising activities that support PDWRA, so she is keen to hear from you if you have any ideas or anything planned.  Many of you will already know Rachel for the fantastic job she does on the PDWRA Mega Auction.

Rachel has had pugs for many years, and is also an experienced fosterer and home checker for PDWRA.

To contact Rachel about fundraising or events, please email her at


Update on Maggie

Many thanks to everyone who has emailed and expressed interest in the beautiful Maggie.  We have the best supporters ever!

We are delighted to say that we are very close to finding Maggie’s happy ever after home, so we are not accepting any more applications for her.

Please, if you haven’t been successful this time, apply to adopt via the link below.  If your circumstances and home check are successful, then you will be put on a waiting list to adopt another pug – not all pugs need an appeal like Maggie’s.

This is Maggie.

Maggie is 4 years old and is currently in foster in Cornwall.  Maggie is looking for her adoptive home.

Maggie is a sociable, affectionate lady, who gets on well with all people and dogs alike.  She has previously lived with other dogs, and is enjoying another pug to play with during her time in foster.   Maggie could also be happy as an only pug if her people were around for most of the day.

As you may have noticed, Maggie has only one eye, having lost her other eye in an incident in her previous home.  Her remaining eye is in good health.

Maggie has a sunny, comical disposition and very much enjoys spending time with “her people”.  She likes to be included in most interests, but can cope with being left for a few hours.

Maggie can bark at the usual pug stimulus, but stops when told no.

Could you be the loving home that Maggie is hoping for?

A sad update

With great sadness, we have just learned that these dogs did not make it home.  The police investigation is still ongoing, and no further information is available at present.

 All of us at PDWRA send our sincere condolences to their grieving owners.  

RIP the Tamworth 5.


Happy Update for Benji!

This is Benji.

We are happy to announce that Benji’s forever home has been found, and he’s getting ready for his new life.

Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest, and everyone who shared, we are very grateful to you.

If you weren’t lucky enough to be chosen to rehome Benji, there may be another equally deserving rescue pug just waiting for you to apply to adopt through the link below.

Benji is a very nervous little dog, and probably always will be.  That said, he is a friendly and loving dog and eager to please, once he gets to know you.  Benji is very wary of strangers and it takes time to build his trust.

We think he was left crated for long hours, which may account for his initial reticence.  Benji is 18 months old, neutered and fully housetrained.  He was surrendered because his family didn’t have the time to spend with him any more.

Benji can be a bit of a loner, but got on really well with his foster carer’s other dogs, and started to learn from them.  We think he needs to be with other dogs and an owner who is committed to continue with his training that his foster carer has started.  We would not consider placing him with a family with young children as he can get a bit mouthy when excited.  He loves his long walks, and is very responsive to your voice.

As his foster carer states: “Benji will never win any bravery awards but he would be a fun addition to anyone wanting an active little pug”.

Alfie – a little update

Friday night

Alfie has had his first week check up at the vets.  The fur he has got is black and shiny, and the bare patches of skin are soft and no longer scabby.  The vet was very pleased.  There is still a very long way to go with the demodex, but we are heading in the right direction.

Thursday night

Alfie has had no formal training or socialising, so I took him along to a training class.

What a little star.  He mastered the “leave it” command very quickly.  So quickly that I was able to pop a treat on his paw, and he left it.

I practised again this morning, and if you look carefully you can see the treat on the mat, and then on his paw.





This is Alfie.

Alfie is thought to be 9 months old. He was surrendered in the South East with demodex and secondary skin infections.

Demodex in young dogs is thought to be passed from mother to pup. It is quite likely that this young lad has been suffering for many months.



Unable to afford vet treatment Alfie was surrendered to PDWRA and is currently in foster care.





Read more about demodex at:


In Their Happy Places

Two beautiful boys who have found forever homes in the South East region.

Todd, a lovely calm, laid back, cuddly boy now has his forever home being spoilt and pampered.

Charlie has made some new friends and spends his days running around playing chase!

Life could not be better!

An Appeal for Lucy – update


This is Lucy the Jug, she is looking for her forever home.

Lucy is extremely sweet natured and loves to play with other dogs and children. She is very bouncy as she is still only young.

She is initially wary of men, but she is easily won over with love and treats.

Lucy will need a patient and loving home as she is of a very nervous disposition. Loud noises and raised voices scare her and she will retreat to the safety of her crate. She is known to wet herself with fear and also with excitement.

This very special little girl needs a very special home.

Update 4 July : Lucy has now found her forever home!  Thank you to everyone who applied to adopt her.  

9 very happy pugs!

May was an incredibly busy month for PDWRA’S South East Team.  We saw many surrenders, but all were assessed, vet checked and moved on to forever homes.

If you would like to adopt, home check or foster, please apply today!  Follow the links below:

To apply to become a home checker for PDWRA, please contact the Secretary at

for further details.

Is your pug overweight?

Weight is a massive part of welfare, and we would be failing in our duty not to address this.

Many of the pugs coming into rescue are very overweight, and consequently suffer from musculoskeletal problems, respiratory problems, diabetes, kidney disease, ligament problems and – above all – a decreased life expectancy.

Some interesting facts …..

🐾 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:


We need homes for pairs of pugs!

We currently have several pairs of pugs in foster.  We never separate a bonded pair of pugs.  Could you offer a special home to a pair of pugs?

(All the pugs pictured below have already found their forever homes with PDWRA)ROLLO & BELLA

Owning more than one pug can bring so much joy and happiness to a home, but should not be undertaken without careful thought and consideration. Double the joy means double the expense.

Applicants must be able to provide adequate insurance for the pugs. Pre-existing medical conditions will normally be covered by PDWRA during the lifetime of the pugs.

B & S



“Totally inseparable”



P & P



“Adopted over 2 years ago at the ages of 6 and 7”


D & L 2




“Adopted earlier this year at the ages of 8 and 9.  They’re like chalk and cheese but bring double the fun, twice the love and definitely have the biggest hold over my heart”




“Such great boys. The best decision I made to adopt this bonded pair”.


A & B



“With us for almost a year now.  It’s been an eye-opener but we wouldn’t change it for the world!  They give us so much love and we hope we’ve made them happy too!”



F & H


“Two Golden Oldies who have brought so much joy into our lives.  They were 10 years old when we adopted them, and are the best pets we’ve ever had”


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.