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Dog Presentation - next 7th October 2017

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

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

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

2018 Waggy Tails Calendar

The Waggy Tails 2018 Calendar is now available. The cost is £5 and features dogs rehomed by us. They can be purchased from the office at HH or from any of our four shops. Details for all of these are on the ABOUT page of the website. They are also available on our Charity page on ebay. The ebay link can be found at the bottom of our links page,... 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

Gullivers farm - Family Fun Day 12/08/17 Dog Show

Results for the dog show Waggiest Tail 1st Teddy and Roy Welch 2nd Boro and Kim Scott 3rd Toby and Claire Meaden Prettiest Bitch 1st Cally and Stewart Hellsten 2nd Tiggy and Sophie Lee 3rd Daphne and Humfrey Hunter Most Handsome Dog 1st Zeek and Viv Ibbett 2nd Lancelot and Luciano Grivat 3rd... 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

Novelty Dog Show, Fryer Field, West Moors - Result

Waggy Tails Rescue Novelty Dog Show at Fryer Field West Moors Saturday 1st July 2017 Best Child Handler (under 14) 1st Jack Barwick with Murphy 2nd Jake Setters with Neville 3rd Tia Stanley with Pepsi Dog with the Best Trick 1st Fay Wiley with Seren 2nd Lyn Purkurso with Teddie 3rd Oliver Groocock with... 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

ALABAMA ROT is back! Latest 31/3/2017

Another local dog has died from this dreadful disease. Read the latest story http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/15194503.Another_dog_has_died_from_Alabama_Rot_in_Dorset__vets_confirm/?ref=ebmpn Dog dies from Alabama Rot after being walked in Bearwood and Canford Heath area. Please be vigilant and check your dog for lesions. If in doubt... read more

Zipping through the air

Our Waggy Heroine, Tina, completed a Zip Wire Challenge in October, and so far, has raised over £500. Penny, who is on her holidays at HH, was among the first to congratulate Tina!... read more

Dog Show 2016

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us on Saturday 18th June for our Annual Fun Dog Show. The weather was kind to us and the event was enjoyed by all. The Dog Show classes were all well attended and thanks go to our Judge, Tom Mowlem from Vets 4 Pets in Moordown. We were also joined by the Mayor of Poole who has chosen Waggy Tails... read more

New Partnership With Finch Group

We are very excited to have been chosen as 'charity of the year' by the Finch Group who are a leading insurance broker with offices in Reading, Basingstoke, Southampton and the Isle of Wight and with clients across the South of England. We look forward to working with everyone at Finch throughout the year and wish them continued success and... read more

Metal Recycling is no more

Unfortunately this most successful and well-supported scheme is having to stop; the price we are paid for the scrap began to drop last year and now it is not worth using our petrol to take the metal to the scrapyard. Thank you so much to all who contributed.... 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

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

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 :-staffieandstrayrescue.co.uk... 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

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

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


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