Welcome to

Hug A Pug

New Zealand

We run ‘Hug a Pug’ events around New Zealand to raise funds exclusively for New Zealand Pug Rescue.

About Hug A Pug New Zealand

Who wouldn’t want to hug a pug? Especially when it is for a good cause.

Hug A Pug New Zealand, along with regional pug clubs, organise fundraising events where you can spend time with, and of course hug, our precious pugs in exchange for a gold coin donation.

All proceeds go towards New Zealand Pug Rescue, which just as its name suggests, helps Pugs throughout New Zealand when in need.

We’ve previously held events in Christchurch, Tauranga and Wellington, with more coming soon.

Please note that the Auckland Hug A Pug events are run by a separate organisation and from 2020 are not for the benefit of NZ Pug Rescue.



Previous Events

Hug A Pug NZ Wellington 2019 event

Wellington 2021 event

Check out this link for images from our amazing 2021 Wellington Event at Brewtown. We raised over $7,000 for NZ Pug Rescue


Hug A Pug NZ Wellington 2019 event

Wellington 2019 event

Everyone’s favourite dog-hugging festival is back for 2019.

Concrete Playground

Hug A Pug NZ Wellington 2018 event

Wellington 2018 event

Thousands of Wellingtonians to hug pugs for NZ Pug Rescue fundraiser


Hug A Pug NZ Wellington 2017 event

Wellington 2017 Event

“Over 1000 attend Wellington Hug A Pug event”

Welllington Live

Hug A Pug NZ Tauranga 2017 event

Tauranga 2017 Event

‘Hug a Pug’ day a big hit in Tauranga.

NZ Herald / Bay of Plenty Times

Hug A Pug NZ Christchurch 2017 event

Christchurch 2017 event

Thousands raised for NZ Pug Rescue at Christchurch Hug A Pug fundraiser


 About Our Cause:

New Zealand Pug Rescue

NZ Pug Rescue

What do NZ Pug Rescue do?

NZ Pug Rescue provide educational breed information and co-ordinate Pug Rescue/re-housing New Zealand wide.

They 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 the team’s own homes.

How you can help NZ Pug Rescue:

NZ Pug Rescue always welcome donations to help them continue helping Pugs. Email NZPugrescue@gmail.com for their delivery address.

  • Donate of a bag of dog food – they feed the following to their Pugs: The NZ Natural Pet Food Co WOOF freeze dried food – specifically the BrushTail Possum and the Wild Goat formulas. The Pugs also enjoy ZiwiPeak Air Dried Mackerel and Lamb; Kaimata Wild Rabbit freeze dried food and Kaimata Lamb Green Tripe treats. Both retailers already have NZ Pug Rescue’s address on file for easy ordering.
  • Donate other items like a packet or two of Veggie Dent chew bars, Epiotic or Otoclense for ears, or Lacri-Lube for eyes. Eco Store Vouchers to help with the two or three loads of Pug related washing every day!
  • Or if you prefer to simply make a monetary donation please use the Givealittle link below
NZ Pug Rescue in Life and Leisure Magazine

NZ Pug Rescue featured in Life & Leisure Magazine


There is a great feature in the Sep/Oct Life and Leisure on Brenda from NZ Pug Rescue – the magazine is in store now, or read the article online here

Keen to Hug A Pug?

Find your region’s Hug A Pug facebook pages

Christchurch Pug Lovers

Click here to join us on Facebook

Wellington Pug Lovers

Click here to join us on Facebook

Nationwide Pug Lovers

Click here to join NZ Pug Rescue on Facebook

Hug A Pug New Zealand Black Pug

You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to know when and where new events will be taking place.

If you’re interested in hosting your own Hug A Pug event, or would like to talk about other fundraising options for NZ Pug Rescue, please email us here: hugapugnewzealand@gmail.com