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Dog snatching in Poole and Lymington

We have been alerted by members of the public and now by the police that attempts to snatch dogs have been made very recently while walking at Baiter and Lymington. It appears lurcher / greyhound types are being targeted but all dog owners need to be aware and keep their dogs very close.... read more

Dog Presentation

On the first Saturday of each month we hold our Dog Presentation, starting at 10am at West Parley Memorial Hall, BH22 8SQ. The dogs in our care are brought along by their Foster parents so that prospective adopters can see them and learn a little more about their lives so far. The presentation is followed by time to view the dogs on the field... read more


Thank you to all those people who attended the auction on Friday night. It was a roaring success. Everyone was very generous and our final total for the night will be announced soon.... read more

Alabama Rot update

From Anderson Moores website: 29th January 2015 update There have been six further confirmed cases of cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV) over the past few weeks (Hampshire, Greater London, Dorset, Berkshire, Kent and East Sussex). An additional case treated at Anderson Moores was considered highly likely to have had CRGV and... read more

Policy on dogs from abroad

We have recently had a few queries about whether Waggy Tails takes in dogs from abroad so the Trustees have put the policy in writing ... "As there are so many dogs put to sleep every year in the UK because they are unwanted and homes cannot be found for them, Waggy Tails' policy is not to import dogs from abroad. We feel that our job is to... read more

Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits! - and Guinea pigs

Currently we have lots of rabbits and guinea pigs looking for new homes. If you are interested in giving one of our other animals a new home please look on their page. This is found on the dropdown box under dogs - other animals. They can make lovely pets for someone who is unable to take on the responsibility of a dog but wants an inquisitive... read more

Home at last for Milo!

After 16 months waiting and hoping, Milo has at last gone to his forever home. We hear that he has settled in really well with the resident dog - and cat - and has already had a trip to the beach!... read more

A timely reminder

We have been reminded that the scourge of dog fighting / baiting never goes away. The report in the Western Gazette features our friend Liz Stewart, of Dorset and Somerset Animal Rescue who had a 'near miss'. You will need to copy and paste the link to read the article or go to our facebook page where the link is... read more

Waggy Tails nominated for award!

We were thrilled to receive a letter recently letting us know that we have been nominated in the 'Animal Charity Team of the Year' PetPlan and ADCH awards 2015. There is still time to visit petplancharity.co.uk and find out about further nominations and about the awards. The nominations close on 13th February. The judges will be looking for... read more

Frankie's Story

Frankie is one of our little dogs who has a very special tale to tell and who is being overlooked. Please read his poem attached to this item.... read more

Dog Companions adopt Waggy Tails Rescue

Dog Companions are a family run business who have adopted Waggy Tails Rescue as their charity. They are giving us a donation for each new client they attract. Their cards can be found in Vet Surgeries, Pet shops etc. across the Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch areas, you can read about them on our Partners page or follow the link from our... read more

Paws and more

Thank you so much to this local business who recently saw our appeal for tins of Chappie and asked their families, friends and clients to help out. The response was fantastic and they collected 150 tins. Karen, the owner, and Donna, the marketing manager, came along to Helen's House to officially hand over the food. This gave them the chance to... read more


After attending the recent PamPurred Pets activity day and hearing about Waggy Tails, the company donated three pallets of food. As a small company, producing a premium product they were keen to help us and we have met with the marketing department to see how we can form a partnership. Dominic and Emma came to Helen's House to meet us and see the... read more

Volunteer of the Year 2014

Our volunteer of the year 2014 is Ken Thomas. He has been with the charity since 2010 and in that time has devoted many hours helping us. Ken does home checks, helps out at collections and events; nothing is too much for him. He is also our resident photographer - showing our animals in their best light in the hope they find new homes. Ken... read more


We need more furniture to sell in our shops. We cannot accommodate large wall units but smaller items are most welcome. All soft furnishings must have fire labels on them. Small items can be taken directly to our shops, larger items can be collected but we do need some notice to be able to do this.... read more

Download a VOLUNTEER form

Are you over 18 years old? How about stepping out with a dog!. We are in need of volunteers to Dog Walk and help with the welfare of the animals at the Sanctuary. The dogs love their walks, even in the rain!! If you can commit a few hours a day or at weekends please consider this, it is very rewarding. We urgently need volunteers (from 16 years)... read more

URGENT - Do you have a sewing machine?

Our dogs have duvets to sleep on and as you can imagine we need a constant supply. Some of the dogs are very good with their bedding but others think it is fun to shred their duvets. We need volunteers with sewing machines to help us cut up donated duvets and hem the edges. If you can help please phone the office on 01202 875000 and we will get... read more

Shop Volunteers needed

We urgently need volunteers for all our shops. If you have a morning or afternoon to spare, please consider helping out. All you need is to be willing to turn your hand to all sorts of shop tasks, from display, to dealing with the customers and sorting the donations. We are a very friendly charity and all we want to do is to be able to help the... read more

Tennis Balls & Footballs needed

The dogs at Helen's House love their games in the field but our ball collection has almost run out. If you have any tennis balls or footballs that we could use, please drop them in to one of the shops or the office at Helen's House. The dogs will think that Christmas has come early if they have some new balls to play with. Thank you... read more

Medication plea

Do you have any pet medication that you no longer need? We spend hundreds of pounds on medication for our charges each month so every little helps. If you have any tablets, shampoos, pain killers or dietary food, we can make use of it. Please contact the office on 01202 875000 if you can help.... read more

The "WAGGY TAILS" name

Waggy Tails Rescue has no association with any other business, large or small or any other organisation. There are a number of dog groomers, trainers, retailers, etc. using the same name. If anyone is using the name Waggy Tails, or similar, it is up to you, the customer, to check it out very carefully.... read more

Dog Rescue Federation

Waggy Tails is proud to be a member of the Dog Rescue Federation. The Dog Rescue Federation is made up of voluntary, not for profit, small rescues, registered charities and individuals from across the UK, involved in rescuing and rehoming stray and abandoned dogs. The Federation is all about volunteers and the work they do as for most it is... read more