Stray Dogs Sanctuary
Stray Dogs Sanctuary

The Stray Dogs Sanctuary

DOG OF THE WEEK - PATCH - 8 years old Parson's Jack Russell Patch has been through a very traumatic time. His owner sadly died and he and his best friend Honey had to come into the rescue kennels. They found a new home, but their new owner also died suddenly and they had to go back to the kennels and were again looking for a home. Honey has now gone to a new home, but poor Patch is left on his own in his kennel and is very unhappy and lonely. Patch was born in September 2006. He has been around children and has always been fine with them. Patch is a dog who is not too keen on going for walks, so a home with an older person who wants to have a companion would be ideal. Patch is in the kennels in Dorset. UPDATE 25 July - Patch is so unhappy on his own in his kennels that he desperately needs to find a home as quickly as possible. If you are looking for an older dog who would be happy to cuddle up with you and does not need to be taken for walks as long as he has a garden to potter around in, PLEASE think about giving Patch the home he needs so much. Patch is in the kennels in Dorset.  Photo on the adopt a dog page.


The Stray Dogs Sanctuary was set up in Dorset in September 1999 to provide kennelling for local stray dogs, and to re-home them if they were not claimed.

 The dogs that are rescued by the dog wardens are kept in the care of the council for 7 days. If they have not been claimed at the end of that period, we take them into our care and look after them until they find homes.

We also take dogs from homes where they can no longer stay, e.g. because of a marriage break up or the death of the dog’s owner.

We take dogs of every breed, and our area covers Purbeck, East Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the New Forest, although we will always consider homes further afield, and have re-homed dogs over a very wide area.  We have rescued and re-homed many hundreds of dogs since the rescue was started.

Many of the dogs that come into the kennels have been abused or abandoned and are in poor condition and often need medical treatment before they can go to their new homes. 

The charity is run solely by volunteers and we receive no public money, and rely on fund raising events and donations to pay for the care of the dogs.

We always have dogs in our care that need homes. If you want to know more, or may be able to offer a home, please ring Judy on 01202 696685.

If you have seen a dog on this website please telephone for a chat about the dog. We will ask you for information about yourself and your family - sometimes this may seem intrusive but we are trying to re-home our dogs in the best home we can, from their needs but also from yours so that your new dog has the best chance of fitting in.

The next stage in the adoption process is a Home Visit. We only do visits by appointment, after we have spoken to you about a particular dog. We do not visit in advance of having a possible pet for you as we like to match dogs and owners on a one-to-one basis.

If you do not live close enough for us to do a visit we can sometimes arrange for another rescue to see you on our behalf.

In certain circumstances if this is not possible we do re-home out of area, subject to a vets reference.