Stray Dogs Sanctuary
Stray Dogs Sanctuary

The Stray Dogs Sanctuary

DOG OF THE WEEK - NORMAN - PLEASE consider giving Norman a home. He has spent more than half his young life in the rescue kennels, hoping that one day it will be his turn to find someone who loves him. Poor brindle staffy Norman was re-homed at 8 months via Facebook to an unsuitable home. The person who gave him a home had a cat and did not check first to find out if Norman likes cats. When he found out that he is not cat friendly, he took Norman to the vet and told him to put him to sleep. The vet refused to do so, and asked the rescue to find him a more suitable home. That was in 10 months ago and sadly, since then no-on has offered to give him a home. He is a typical young dog, who is lively, energetic and friendly and is great with other dogs. There is nothing wrong with him that makes him unsuitable be a wonderful pet and companion. He is a good traveller and a good all-round dog, but as he is bouncy and has never lived with small children, a home where children, if there are any, are at least 8 years old. Norman is fully vaccinated, neutered and micro-chipped. He is in the kennels in Dorset. Photo on the "adopt a dog" page.

MISSING - Fawn red female lurcher Lady went missing from Totton, Southampton on Wednesday, 22nd October 2014. She was stolen along with Div, a cream male lurcher. A reward is offered for Lady's safe return. If you see Lady, or may know where she is, please ring 07429 483201. UPDATE 24 August 2015. Lady has been seen very recently in Kinson, Poole. if you live anywhere in or around that area, please look out for her and ring her owner on the above phone number if you see her.

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.