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About Us

The Stray Dogs Sanctuary was set up in September 1999 to provide kennelling for stray dogs and to re-home them if they were not claimed by their owners. 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 including a large number of greyhounds, and our area covers Purbeck, East Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the New Forest, and Devon, 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.

Featured Dog


Missy is a gorgeous female Shar pei who is approximately 6 years old. Missy is an absolutely adorable girl; she is very affectionate and is always happy & waggy and looking for cuddles. She doesn’t really have much interest in toys and would rather have a walk and potter about, over playing, but this may change in time. Sadly we believe Missy is partially deaf as she doesn’t always hear us. Missy doesn’t know any of her commands and would also benefit from on-going reward based (hand signal) training. This will help build a bond between her and her new owners. Missy did find a home, but unfortunately has had to come back to the rescue kennels due to separation anxiety and so would need to go to someone who is home all day. Missy appears to be sociable with other dogs but she hasn’t met any cats whilst here with us. She can go to a home where any children are 5 years+


We have many dogs who are looking for a new home.

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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. We only ask for one adoption fee if someone gives a home to two of the dogs in the kennels.

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.