Thank you for considering Bluegrass Pugfest as an opportunity to share your time for the good of Pugs in need around the country!  Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization. Many Pug rescue organizations depend on the event each year as a source of much-needed funding. Volunteering takes a lot of time, effort, and commitment.

We’re happy to provide volunteers who work at least 5 hours at PugFest a volunteer t-shirt, event admission, and a parking pass.

Volunteer Expectations

Volunteers are vital to Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. Volunteers are the “face” of Bluegrass Pugfest Inc. – you and your behavior may form a lasting impression about Bluegrass Pugfest to a member of the public. Because our reputation is a critical component of our success, volunteers are expected to:

  • Understand and adhere to the volunteer guidelines
  • Work toward fulfilling the mission of the organization
  • Never expect payment for services (we are an all-volunteer organization)
  • Fulfill the commitments you make
  • Report issues to the volunteer coordinator or a member of the Board of Directors
  • Refer media requests to a member of the Board of Directors
  • Smile, work hard, and enjoy what you are doing

What to consider before applying to help

  • Do you have time to help?
  • Do you love Pugs and People?
  • Do you feel rewarded by knowing what you do helps others and Pugs?
  • Do you work well with teams?
  • Do you have the ability to handle the ups and downs of being a volunteer?

If your answers were, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes, we need you!

We need talent in the following areas (and more)

  • Artists (graphic, signage, t-shirt design, logos, etc.)
  • Laborers (setup, tear-down, event work, moving and storage, etc.)
  • Social Media Stars (Facebook, Instagram, Email Blasts, etc.)
  • Photographers
  • Communications (thank you cards, designing outgoing communication, newsletter, etc.)
  • Project Management (event coordination and planning, facility reservation, etc.)
  • Human Resources (volunteer training / management, job manuals, etc.)
  • Donation Coordination (requesting donations, writing grants, preparing auction items, etc.)
  • Website Coordination (website maintenance, content creation, updates, etc.)

If you can help, fill out our Volunteer Application below.

Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. Volunteer Application



    Yes, I adopted it from a Rescue / ShelterYes, I purchased it from a Breeder / Pet StoreNo

    General Help at PugFest EventAsking Companies for DonationsArts and Crafts / Graphic ArtsEvent Organizing / PlanningFundraisingGrant WritingNewsletter PublicationEvent Setup / Tear-DownPublicity / MarketingSocial Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest)Raffles (Gift Basket Assembly, Etc.)Other

    Friday May 19, 2023 (Setup) 8:00am-1:00pmFriday (Setup) 1:00pm-6:00pmSaturday May 20, 2023 (Event) 8:30am-1:00pmSaturday (Event) 8:45am-2:00pmSaturday (Event) 9:00am-1:00pmSaturday (Event) 12:30pm-4:00pmSaturday (Event) 1:00pm-4:00pmSunday May 21, 2023 (Event) 8:30am-1:00pmSunday (Event) 8:45am-2:00pmSunday (Event) 9:00am-1:00pmSunday (Event) 12:30pm-4:00pmSunday (Event) 1:00pm-4:00pmSunday (Teardown) 4:00pm-6:00pm (or when finished)Other