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Some recent adoptions from South Area

Elly came in as she didn’t get on with the family’s other dog.  She has now been adopted, living as an only dog and getting all the love and attention she could possibly want.

Marion came in as she had separation anxiety, and wanted attention constantly.  She has now been adopted by a lovely family with 2 other dogs; she gets on especially well with the other pug, and has settled in so well.

Troy was surrendered because his family felt he wasn’t getting enough attention.  He has settled into his new home really well; his new family say it’s like he has always been with them, and they adore him.

Delilah wasn’t getting on with the other resident dogs; they were fighting, so she came into foster.  She’s now in a home without any other dogs, is really enjoying human company, and has settled brilliantly.

We love happy endings!

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.

🎆 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.

🐾 “It’s all in the fostering brief …”🐾

Sent to us by one of our lovely foster carers in Yorkshire: someone recently asked her what’s involved with being a foster carer for PDWRA.  This was her message:

“It’s all in the fostering brief …
Love them, love them some more.
Try to work out what they need.
Love them some more.
Think about them leaving.
Love them some more.
Watch them leave.
Love them some more.
When they leave, remember they are loved.
Some more.
It’s how we look at it.”

If you would like to help PDWRA by fostering a pug, here is the link for more information:

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

or contact the Yorkshire Area co-ordinator Lisa at

😊 Support PDWRA via AmazonSmile 😊

Please help support The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association by starting your shopping at

You can help support our charity whenever you buy something through Amazon.

Here’s how to get started:

To nominate PDWRA as your chosen charity for AmazonSmile, all you have to do is go to, search for The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association, and click Select. It’s very easy to do, minimal effort and Amazon will donate a small percentage to the charity with every purchase.

So make sure to always do your shopping with Amazon through the link below:

Good news from AmazonSmile

This is your quarterly AmazonSmile donation notification. Your chosen charity, The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association, recently received a quarterly donation of £85.56 thanks to customers shopping at date, Amazon has donated a total of:

  • £219.39 to The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association
  • £1,967,073.61 to UK charities

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.

So this is why we fundraise!

In the x-ray of the pug, the large “egg shaped” things you can see are stones in the pug’s bladder.  They have been removed under anaesthetic and are in the metal dish.

As you can imagine, this will have been very painful for a long time, and could have caused the pug’s bladder to rupture.

These stones can be caused by a number of things, including poor diet, and dogs not being able to urinate frequently enough because they are left for long periods of time.

Luckily for this pug, we have fantastic supporters whose continued generosity has enabled her to have the emergency surgery she required immediately after being surrendered to PDWRA.

Thank you to everyone who contributes – together we make a difference, and no pug waits!

Could you help too?

Whether they are 1 year or 11 years old, PDWRA always helps a pug in need when their owners are no longer able to care for them.

Could you help too?  We always need kind people who are willing to open their heart and home to a rescued pug.

Or if you would like to help us by making a donation, or you can help with fostering/transporting/homechecking or fundraising, we would love to hear from you!

Here are some links for further information:

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