NZ Pug Rescue

Welcome to New Zealand Pug Rescue.  I am the main co-ordinator in (the whole of) New Zealand for the rescue and re-homing  of Pugs. 

About Us

The Wellington Pug Dog Club established a policy in 1999, for the rescue and re-homing of Pugs.  At this time a Health and Welfare fund was set up to cover costs involved with taking care of these dogs.  With the increasing popularity of the breed was the concern of more back yard breeding, Pugs being purchased on impulse by people who were not fully aware of what Pug ownership involves, hence the possibility of more Pugs needing rescue and re-homing. 

I now co-ordinate Pug Rescue/re-housing on behalf of both The Wellington and The Auckland Pug Dog Clubs. 

We take in Pugs of any age, including those with health issues.  Most are able to be placed into pre-approved new loving homes.  Those that are unable to be placed because of age or health problems get to live out their lives in one of our own homes.  We accept Pugs from all sources e.g. Animal Control, other Animal Welfare Organisations or owners who can no longer care for their dog.

Unfortunately our breed is one that has several health issues and few breeders who do adequate health testing of breeding stock.  Quite a few new owners purchase puppies unaware of many aspects of this breed and what is involved with owning the Pug.  Because of this an important part of what I do is in supplying breed information to prospective owners.  I feel it is very important that people are as educated as possible, BEFORE they purchase. We can provide comprehensive breed information.  If you wish to contact us through  with your full contact details we can send you the information.

We strongly recommend prospective Pug owners to NOT buy a Pug puppy from a Petshop or any online auction site.  Animals purchased via these means are usually being bred purely for monetary gain & little thought is given to the care in which they are produced.  Buyers have little guarantee as to parentage of such puppies, health history of parents and how the puppies have been raised.  It is very much BUYER BEWARE!

** If you are interested in adopting a Rescue, please email me at for an Adoption Application Questionaire.  Asking via our Guestbook will not get any response.   Please provide full contact details.  Once we have received your questionaire it will then be processed and when a suitable Pug is available for adoption and your home meets our criteria, we will contact you. **

If you know of a Pug in need of our help, would like to offer a home to one of our Pugs or would like to donate to this worthy cause you are welcome to contact me through my above email address.


"How can I help?"
I often get asked this question.   Whilst we rely on fundraising and donations to help with much of the costs involved, you could also help by donating a bag of dog food which is always gratefully received. 

We feed the troops,  Orijen and Acana 

We also feed K9 Natural

Why don't you check out the quality of these products for yourself.  We find that Pugs do very well on Grain Free kibbles, products which also promote better dental health.  We already purchase these products so if you can donate a bag to Pug Rescue our details are already with the suppliers.  


Other items that we welcome include donations of Great & Small - Vets Choice, Joint Flex, Bomazeal Senior, Sasha's Blend, My Beau Senior (these can be purchased from any Veterinary Clinic or Pet Supply Store), as well as Visco Tears or Lacri-Lube (for eyes), or OtocleanseMany of these items are used on a daily basis and generally not provided for out of the rescue funds.


*In Loving Memory*

Is dedicated to our beloved rescue Pugs who have since passed over the Rainbow Bridge.  With the love from their new owner/s they were given the chance to live a happy, (if not 100%) healthy life.  A big thank you to those people who have taken in a rescue Pug.

**We have now added a second page In Loving Memory 2 which is dedicated to other Rescue Pugs.**

If you have had the pleasure of living with a Rescue Pug who has now gone over the Rainbow bridge and would like them added to our site, please feel free to contact me via email with if possible a little bit about him/her and I will happily add them.  A photo would also be greatly appreciated and added.


Many thanks for looking





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NZ Pets On The Net -

Paw Justice -


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