Animal Rescue Organisations

Links have been provided to charitable or strictly not-for-profit rescue organisations who support caring and responsible dog ownership. Rescue organisations listed on this page are not necessarily endorsed by Dorset Dogs.  We are not the same organisation as any rescue with a similar name below.

Dogs Trust

Registered charity no. 227523 & SCO37843
Dogs Trust Salisbury Re-homing Centre
Phone: 01980 629634
Open every day (except Wednesday) 12 noon until 4.00.

Dogs Trust Salisbury Re-homing Centre serves catchment areas including all of Dorset and Wiltshire, as well as parts of Hampshire, Somerset and Avon, caring for up to 70 dogs at any one time, seeking a loving, responsible home for each of them.

Forever Hounds Trust

Registered charity no. 1131399
Phone: 03000 111 100

The Forever Hounds Trust started as a small charity operation in the West Country in 1996, as Greyhound Rescue West of England, before changing their name to Forever Hounds Trust in 2016. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and homing of greyhounds and lurchers. We home around 500 of these special dogs every year. Forever Hounds Trust takes in greyhounds and lurchers in need. Our dogs come from members of the public, veterinary surgeries, dog wardens, or straight from the greyhound racetracks. Forever Hounds Trust takes in greyhounds, lurchers and sighthounds of all ages, from puppies to golden oldies! We carefully match hounds and homes and provide support for life through our post-homing support team of qualified behaviourists. If you can give a loving home to a greyhound or lurcher, please contact us to find out more!

Labrador Rescue Trust

Registered charity no. 1088198
Phone: 07791 519084

The Labrador Rescue Trust has been helping Labradors in need for over 20 years and currently helps between 600-700 dogs a year in the South West. Everyone involved with The Trust is a volunteer and between us there is a wealth of knowledge and experience with Labradors. We all love the breed and we need other people to love them too!

Margaret Green Animal Rescue

Dogs (Dorset): Lincoln Farm, Bere Road, Winterborne Kingston, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 9BP
Phone: 01929 471340
Visitor Centre & other Animals: The Animal Sanctuary, Church Knowle, Wareham, BH20 5NQ.
Phone: 01929 480474

Margaret Green Animal Rescue is the oldest animal welfare organisation founded in Dorset. We rescue all types of unwanted, abandoned and ill-treated animals and rehome them to caring, loving owners.

RSPCA – Ashley Heath

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For the local charity visit the Ashley Heath RSPCA Facebook page

Staffie & Stray Rescue

Email: Calli at

Staffie and Stray Rescue is based in Bournemouth, Dorset. The aim of the family run, non-profit organisation is to find foster homes and permanent homes for dogs in need of a new home. The rescue takes on dogs whose owners are no longer able to look after them due to unforeseen circumstances. Staffie and Stray Rescue also campaign to help change people’s negative attitudes towards Staffordshire bull terriers, who are often portrayed as dangerous dogs in the media. With 75% of stray dogs being Staffordshire bull terriers, we hope to encourage more people to rehome the breed.

Stray Dogs Sanctuary

Registered charity no. 1079542
Phone: 01202 696685

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.

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.

Waggy Tails Rescue

Registered charity no. 1114957
Phone : 01202 875000
Email :

The Waggy Tails story is about happy dogs, happy people and happy homes. We always put the animal first ­ then the rest will follow.

We have a no destruction policy. No healthy animal is ever put to sleep, which means that as well as re-homing we also look after dogs in long term foster homes. These tend to be dogs that are too ill or too old to be re-homed but we feel that these “oldies” have a right to a dignified and happy retirement.