Stray Dogs Sanctuary
Stray Dogs Sanctuary


UPDATE 6 December - Buddy has now been looking for a home for a long time and has started to suffer from kennel stress. His Christmas would be so much happier if he could be in a home instead of all alone in his kennel. PLEASE think about giving this lovely dog the home he needs so much. Staffi x Samoyd Buddy was re-homed by the rescue some time ago, but his owner could no longer keep him, so Buddy is looking for a new home. Buddy loves people and is looking for a home where he will be the only dog as he loves to have one-to-one attention. Buddy is good with other dogs when out, but can be a bit full on. He is used to children and is fine with them but because he is a lively puppy, any children in the home would need to be older rather than very young ones. Buddy has been vaccinated, neutered and micro-chipped. Buddy is in the kennels in Devon.  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 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, 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.

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.