Waggy Tails Rescue Logo Registered Charity No: 1114957

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 lots of parrots.

Our Shop


You may have seen our new 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.


9 Turbary Road, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8AW

Donations can only be accepted between 9.30 – 1pm daily.

Call 07592 671703

Opening Hours: Open Monday- Saturday 9.30am - 5pm


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

Call 01202 875000

Opening Hours: The office is open from 10am-4pm weekdays and until 1pm at the weekend. Out of hours please leave a message or email admin@waggytails.org.uk

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 £6,000 per month.

Our Trustees

  • Chairman
  • Vice Chairman
  • Trustees
  • Ginny Roberts
  • Shelagh Meredith
  • Linda Booden