Stray Dogs Sanctuary
Stray Dogs Sanctuary


Yorkshire terrier Elvis was stolen from the secure garden of his home in the High Street, Swanage on 22 May 2017. He is tan and grey and was wearing a black harness. He has 5 teeth missing on his top row of teeth. Elvis has been neutered and is micro-chipped. His owners' words: "Elvis is a harmless and caring dog, and well behaved. It is not like him to run away or leave our property. Was wearing a black harness when last seen. If seen please contact us on the given numbers! Please bring our boy home, he is family and we want him back safe where he belongs". If you see Elvis, or may know here he is, please ring 07779226314 or 07930566201. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the High Street between Chapel Lane and Church Hill on the afternoon of 22 May, please ring the police and quote crime ref 55170075479.  Photo on the lost dogs page.


6 year old staffy Lilly came into the rescue kennels after being found as a stray. She is very friendly and good natured. Poor Lilly has been in the kennels and looking for a home for a long time and she would so love to have a home and someone to love her. She is in the rescue 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.