Foster Parents urgently needed for our dogs - Interested? Phone 01202 875000

About waggy tails rescue

We rehome within East Dorset and West Hampshire. This enables us to conduct prehoming checks and follow up visits. Waggy Tails also runs an advice service which deals with pet problems and can direct enquiries to the best available help if we cannot help ourselves.
About Waggy Tails Rescue

our history

The Charity was started by Shelagh Meredith in 1994 after she answered an advertisement. A rescue in Wales was looking for homes for dogs, so she volunteered to help. Since then thousands of unwanted and abandoned dogs have been re-homed into new, loving family environments. We have also found new homes for cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, hamsters, mice, budgies, one-legged cockatiels, battery chickens, 3 horses, 2 goats, 1 duck and a parrot.

our shops


Helens House, 143 Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne BH21 3AW

Call 01202 875000 Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 10:00 - 16:00 Sat to Sun 10:00 - 13:00


498 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset BH14 OAD

Call 07513 290281 Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 9:00 - 17:00


9 Turbary Road, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8AW

Call 07592 671703 Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 9:30 - 16:00


168 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 8UX

Call 07563 570982


You may have seen our ambulance around the local area, but do you know how much it costs to run it a month? £750! If you are a local business and would like to sponsor and keep running this valuable resource then contact us today.

current position

None of what Waggy Tails does would be possible without a large network of volunteers and a few paid staff members.

However, we receive no government grants and our vets bills are over £4,000 per month.


We now have a handy calendar so you can keep track of all our events and activities. View calendar

our trustees


Shelagh Meredith

  • Teresa Brennan
  • Janet Giltrow
  • Myra Riches
  • Ginny Roberts