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Dog Presentation - next 7th July 2018

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

Open Garden at Bransgore

This was a great success. The band, Wenzi, performed lots of popular songs, there was a superb spread of cakes, scones and sandwiches for the afternoon tea and the weather was glorious. We had a large turn out and raised £332 for the rescue. A big thank you to Melissa and Rob for opening their beautiful garden to us, to Wenzi for giving up their... read more

Annual Fun Dog Show - Sunday 17th June

Please note that our Dog Show is on SUNDAY 17th June, this year. The show will be the same format, just a change of day, Please come along and join us, for what we hope will be a really successful day.. Classes will be posted nearer the date. As always we will have lots of stalls with plants, raffles, tombolas, doggy goods and lots more, plus... read more

The Dog Creche Charity Garden Party

The Dog Creche Charity Garden Party on Saturday 9th June benefits local Animal Charities, including Waggy Tails. This event is for humans only as there are resident cats but there will be treats for you to take home.... read more

Charminster Shop

Hi. I’ve taken a photo of the lovely staff from Waggy Tails, Charminster Rd, Bournemouth. Dave, Lynn & Maxine are firm favourites of my two Golden Retrievers Max 12 & Chester 10 and it is now impossible for me to pass by the Shop with the boys, as they have to go in and visit and get their treats and a big fuss made of them. I’ve now had to... 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

Fundraising Coffee Morning- 18th April

Thank you to everyone who joined us at The Thirsty Bird in Wimborne for coffee and cakes. There were lots of dogs and their owners, of course, who supported us and we raised £170.12p.... read more

Visit to Conduent

Elsie and Myra visited the staff at Conduent and took along Peanut, Twister and Cricket to meet them. ... read more

St Leonards Quiz

We would like to thank the St Leonards club for hosting the quiz, Mike the quizmaster and all the people who supported it. A good time was had by all and we raised £278.00. ... read more

Events and Collections

Please take a look at our upcoming Events and Collections. Come along and support us, or just say hello. If you would like to help out please phone the office.... read more

Who's In My Bowl?

Lynda Stewart and family adopted Buttercup and Cookie, the Guinea Pigs. Lynda then decided she would write a children's book about their antics. " Who's In My Bowl?" is a delightful story with fantastic illustrations all penned by Lynda. If you would like to buy a copy of the book please visit her website:- read more

Golf Day - 18th May 2018

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to lack of support. We will try holding another one next year, so if you know any golfers who would be interested in supporting us, please ask them to contact us.... read more


Essential oils can contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs and cats so pet owners need to be aware of harmful products and know what the signs are to spot if their pet has come in to contact with the product. Level of toxicity- Generally moderate to severe, life-threatening. Common signs to watch out for - Symptoms of tea tree oil poisoning... read more

Vodex Ltd

Nicky and Paul Chapman had a lovely trip out to Bishops Waltham today to meet one of Paul's clients, Vodex Ltd. They took Connie and Cricket to meet all of the staff, along with their own dog who enjoyed playtime in the office! They ended up spending over an hour with them. Vodex have presented us with a donation of £650 which is... read more

Pirates of Poole

The Pirates of Poole who raise money for local Charities, decided in 2017 to present a new award. Waggy Tails was the first recipient of the Louis Award. Louis was the boxer at the Lord Nelson, on Poole Quay. He passed away a while ago but he was like one of the Pirates, so they decided to honour his memory. Waggy Tails were presented with a... read more

Variety Concert- Saturday 9th September 2017

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the concert, on what turned out to be a very inclement day. Thanks go to all the artistes who gave up their time to support Waggy Tails and to the staff at Queen Elizabeth School who welcomed us warmly again this year. ... read more

Volunteer of the Year 2017

Each year the Trustees choose a volunteer who has shown dedication and loyalty to the charity, to receive this award. This year the award goes to Elsie Smith. Elsie became a volunteer in 2008, the same year as she adopted a dog. Over the years she has become involved in many ways. She is a home checker, who is always willing to go the extra mile... read more

Fundraising Event

A group of pupils from Lytchett Matravers Primary School wanted to raise money for Waggy Tails, so decided to bake cakes to sell. They sold them at their school fete in June and raised £167. They presented the money to Tom Mowlem, our Judge at the Annual Fun Dog Show. Thank you for all your hard work.... read more

Fundraising Event

Grace Smith is taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh, Bronze Award and as her fundraising activity chose to help Waggy Tails. She asked her Grandmother if she could bake and sell cakes in her Post Office and then they contacted Waggy Tails to ask if we would be willing to sign off on her DofE, which of course we were. Over a period of four months... read more


Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the Dog Show. The weather was favourable, despite the earlier drizzle and just right for the dogs. Class numbers were up this year and prizes were sponsored by Fish4Dogs. We were pleased to see lots of old friends. All the stalls were well supported and everyone had a good time. Special thanks... 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

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

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


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