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 you started. Thank you.…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 animals in our care. Our shops are a major source of income but without help from volunteers we cannot keep them open. Please, please consider joining us. If you are interested pop into one of the shops and pick up a form or call the office on 01202 875000 and ask for a volunteer pack. Thank you…read more
BEWARE ESSENTIAL OILS – tea tree oil
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 can vary from animal to animal and are dependent on the quantity ingested: Muscle weakness; Loss of coordination; Vomiting; Drop in body temperature; Drooling; Collapse; Depression; Skin rashes;Seizures (in severe cases); Pneumonia (from inhalation).
Treatment – Treatment will depend on the severity of the toxicity. If your dog or cat has been exposed to tea tree oil, call your vet or Pet Poison helpline immediately for advice. You should hydrate your pet so that he/she may respond better to treatment. With quick and proper treatment, your pet should have a good chance of recovery.
Delphic HSE produced this advice after seeing a facebook post about an affected dog.…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 concentrate on the dogs in this country who need our help.
We believe that it is much more positive to support rescues and charities in those countries than to import the dogs.
All countries have got rescues and welcome support either in terms of funding, or hands on help.
For instance there is a rescue in Sri Lanka which was set up by a lady from the UK and would not be there if she hadn’t organised all her friends, and others, to go and work there and send out funding. To date they have helped thousands of dogs into better lives. They also work with the local people to improve conditions for other animals.
Until breeding legislation is improved and the importing of puppies from abroad is controlled, there will be an increase year on year of dogs being put to sleep here.
Many puppies are now also bred in Eastern Europe in grim conditions and brought over to the UK for sale.”…read more
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