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Quiz Night Fri. 26th Feb

Quizzers one and all, come along to the Arts University, Bournemouth for a great Quiz night. Fish & Chip supper included. See attached poster.... read more

Skittles Night, Thu 25th Feb. Quiz Night, Fri 26th

Come and join us for a fun packed evening of skittles and help us raise funds for Waggy Tails. See the attached poster for full details. The following evening, there is another event for the Quizzers among you, Please see the next news item for the download of the poster.... read more


Please be aware, Anderson Moores have today released the following statement on their Facebook page.... "Sadly, one further dog has been confirmed as having died as a result of CRGV. In the two weeks prior to developing skin lesions and kidney failure the dog had been walked in Lyndhurst and Havant Thicket." ... 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

Headrock Dog Rescue - Thailand

Earlier this year we were contacted by Tim, who was off to volunteer for Headrock Dog Rescue, Thailand. He had volunteered before and was asking for help with flea and worming treatments for the hundreds of street dogs. We were happy to help out and the photos show Tim and Sal with some of the medication and the dogs that could be treated.... read more

Footballs!! Footballs!! Footballs!!

On Saturday 19th December, WTR fundraiser Paul Chapman met with Robbie Yates from In Between The Sticks at Poole Town FC. Before the game, Robbie presented us with a sack of 20 footballs for the rescues to play with at Helen's House. The dogs love to run around in their exercise field with a ball and footballs are particularly good and because... read more

Volunteer Fundraisers wanted

Fundraising helps us to supplement the income from our shops and look after more animals at the Sanctuary. The Fundraising committee organise the events we currently have, but we need some more people with fresh ideas to help us. If you are interested please contact us on 01202 875000 for more information or download a volunteer form from the... read more

Volunteer of the Year 2015

Our Volunteer of the Year 2015 is Maureen Fower. Maureen has been with the Charity for about seven years. She has fostered some of our more difficult dogs and kept a few! She works in the office; organising our adoptions and follow up visits and also looks after the field at Stapehill. She is the most popular lady on a Friday afternoon as... 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

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

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

Potential Dog Thefts

Information has been passed to us to make all dog owners aware Please do not leave your dogs unsupervised or unattended Attempt thefts have been reported in Wool, Swanage and Shaftesbury involving a silver grey van on foreign plates supposedly selling generators. Please be on guard and protect your dogs. ... read more

Amy and her half Marathon

Amy has completed her half marathon, running for Waggy Tails. Ken got up early this morning to capture her in the first few miles of the challenge. Hopefully if you saw her, you cheered her on. If you would still like to sponsor her, the forms will be in the shops for another week. Congratulations Amy!... read more

Jean Grant

The trustees and staff thought it would be nice to remember Jean Grant who had been such an important part of the charity. Jean and Cliff fostered many dogs, with care and patience, until they found their forever homes, some of whom were long time residents. They also carried out home checks and supported the charity in every respect. The... read more

New Charity

Congratulations to Staffie and Stray Rescue who have been granted Charity status. They are a local rescue who use foster homes for their dogs. Take a look at their website if you are interested in rehoming a Staffie read more

24 hour Vet Cover

Huge congratulations to Vets 4 Pets in Bournemouth for making the decision to open 24/7. Normal charges will apply. A much needed service.... read more

Killer Plant - pet owners beware.

The Daily Telegraph reported the following this weekend - The King Sago Palm, a common patio plant is highly toxic to animals. The plant gives off a smell that dogs are attracted to. Eating the plant can be fatal as it contains cycasin, which causes a range of symptoms and serious illness, if not death. Please be vigilant if you own one of... read more

Broadstone Fun Day and Dog Show

Natasha from Dorset Muscahounds and some friends organised the Dog Show at the Fun Day in aid of Waggy Tails. On Tuesday she presented us with a cheque for just over £300, when she visited Helen's House. Our thanks to everyone who entered the classes and to Natasha for all her hard work.... read more

Thanks you for braving the weather at the Dog Show

Thank you to everyone who came and joined us on Saturday 20th June at our Fun Dog Show. It was very well attended and despite the showers was a very enjoyable event. Our thanks go to our main judge Duncan Reavell, from Lynwood Vets in Wimborne and to Katie Martin from Radio Solent who judged our fun classes and did the commentary for the main... 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

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

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


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

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


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

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