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Dog Presentation - next 1st April 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


Waggy Tails are pleased to announce that Fish4Dogs are sponsoring this year's Fun Dog Show. The show will be on 24th June at West Parley Memorial Hall. Full details of the day and classes will be posted nearer the time.... read more

ALABAMA ROT is back! Latest 31/3/2017

Another local dog has died from this dreadful disease. Read the latest story 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

Quiz Night - Saturday 22nd April 2017

Come and join us at a Quiz Evening in aid of Waggy Tails, on Saturday 22nd April at St Mary's Church Hall, Ferndown. Quiz & Ploughman's Supper £5 or £2 for quiz only. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available. If you would like to book at table please phone the office on01202 875000. ... read more

Mayor'sCharity Fundraiser - Maritime Ball

Saturday, 13th May 2017 6.30 pm to 12.30 am Wessex Hall, Poole Lighthouse Guests will enjoy Champagne on arrival - from tables that are more than just furniture! Fine dining from Dorset's premier caterer, Beales Gourmet, and entertainment that will make this an unforgettable night of sparkling celebration. In addition, there will... read more


If you live near Ringwood, your help is needed. The local TOAD PATROL are looking for more volunteers to help during the evenings. If you are interested please phone Teresa on 07595 253707. For more information please look at the following link:- read more

The Green Man in Wimborne - Bank Holiday 29th May

We are very pleased to have been chosen by The Green Man in Wimborne as one of it's chosen charities for 2017. This well known pub is dog friendly and provides a warm and friendly welcome to all visitors. We look forward to holding many events their this year. The first of these is a Charity Car wash on May 29th (Bank Holiday Monday), taking... read more

Wishing Tree

Thank you to all the staff at Poole, Civic Centre who donated to the Wishing Tree. Pat Coulston liaised with the Mayor, Xena Dion about suitable gifts and the tree in the lobby was festooned with gift tags. The staff then chose a gift tag and purchased the item for the Waggy Tails Dogs. The staff were very generous and the gifts were collected... read more

Carol Singing at the Dolphin Centre

Sunday 18th December saw the Wessex Entertainers carol singing for the second time in the Dolphin Centre, Poole, fundraising for Waggy Tails. Thank you to everyone who supported us and came and talked about the animals and work of the Charity. Connie, Josh, Maisie and Nuala our four doggy representatives behaved impeccably and showed just how... read more

Thank You BPPC!

Thank you to everyone at the Bournemouth & Poole Preservation Club who have kindly donated £250 to Waggy Tails Rescue. After a year of fundraising, the club held a presentation evening at The Hamworthy Club where they presented cheques to Forest Holme Hospice, Swanage Steam Railway and Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. The cheque for Waggy... read more

JP Morgan Charity Day

On Wednesday, JP Morgan held a Charity Fair in the atrium of their Chaseside building. Thank you to all the staff who came and supported the Charity, played with the dogs Maisie and Nuala and spoke to us. It is always a very festive event in the run up to Christmas. Thank you JP Morgan for inviting us to attend and for the £100 cheque.... read more

Support from John Lewis at Home in Poole

We are extremely grateful to have received a cheque for £911 from John Lewis at Home in Poole. The cheque was presented to Paul Chapman, Nicky Chapman and Connie as part of the Community Matters programme run by the company. It was a real pleasure to meet with the team at John Lewis who are all dog lovers themselves. We will be working... read more

A Dressing Down From Humphries Kirk!

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the staff at Humphries Kirk Solicitors in Poole who have been holding regular "dress down" days to raise money for Waggy Tails Rescue. Each branch of Humphries Kirk are supporting a different charity and we are extremely grateful that the Poole branch have chosen us. Thank you.... read more

Skittles Night Success

A great evening was had by all at The Hamworthy Club on the evening of 24th November 2016. Two rounds of skittles with a wonderful meal during the interval and lots of fun throughout. Our sincere thanks to all of those who came along and helped us raise just over £190. Congratulations to Barrie Wootton who was outstanding on the way to... 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


On Saturday 15th October 2016, Waggy Tails Rescue held a Gala Concert featuring the Dorset Police Male Voice Choir. The venue, QE Academy proved to be an excellent choice, providing good acoustics and support from the staff. Thank you to everyone who supported this new venture for us and we hope that you enjoyed the varied programme from the... read more

Volunteer of the Year Award

Each year the Trustees choose a volunteer who has shown dedication and loyalty to the charity, to receive this award. This year Sara and John Way were chosen to jointly receive the award. Sara walked into the Wimborne Road Clinic about ten years ago and said that she couldn't do much, but did have a sewing machine! She left with arms full of... read more

Cycle Endurance Challenge

On Saturday 2nd July 2016 our small team of volunteers took pride of place in the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole to undertake a unique challenge. The target was to cycle 1km for each of the 250 dogs successfully rehomed by Waggy Tails Rescue in 2015. The team were joined by various guests including the Mayor of Poole and completed 300km in... read more

The Mayor of Poole visits Helen's House

The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Xena Dion, visited Helen's House on Thursday 7th July. Waggy Tails is one of her three chosen Charities for her mayoral year. She has dogs of her own and knows the benefits of dog companionship. She was keen to meet the dogs and volunteers at the house and learn more about how we rehome the animals in our care. ... 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

The Great Finch Bake Off!

The staff at Finch Group in Southampton have held a dress down day and bake off competition to raise money for Waggy Tails Rescue. The competition was won by Julie Wiles with a mouth-watering chocolate cake. After the event, colleagues paid 50p per slice for the cakes with the money going into the fundraising pot for the year, in which Finch... 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 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