25th anniversary celebrated by Waggy Tails Rescue

(From left). Shelagh Meredith and new Chairman Ginny Roberts with standing Sue Carr, Sanctuary Manager, Nicky Chapman, Deputy Sanctuary Manager and some of the dogs seeking forever homes.
(From left). Shelagh Meredith and new Chairman Ginny Roberts with standing Sue Carr, Sanctuary Manager, Nicky Chapman, Deputy Sanctuary Manager and some of the dogs seeking forever homes.

25 years ago, Shelagh Meredith formally launched Waggy Tails Rescue after helping friend in Wales who does animal rescue, home some of her dogs in the Bournemouth area.    Shelagh then found herself being contacted by local residents who needed to give up their dog to find a new “for ever home.”  Now Waggy Tails Rescue has the same problem – the need to find their own for ever home as the new housing estates are being constructed around their premises on Magna Road Wimborne will eventually cause issues.


“We thought that we had found the ideal premises being in a semi-rural setting.  Whilst our dogs that are temporarily homed in the facilities are not likely to cause any complaints, its our concern for the periods over bonfire night and Christmas and New Year when celebratory fireworks are enjoyed, but not by our canine residents, that we fear,” Said Shelagh who, with the 5 trustees and newly appointed Chairman Ginny Roberts, are disappointed that they need to search again for a new location for the sanctuary.


The charity requires fundraising through its chain of shops, legacies, collections. donations, and events to meet the cost of £500 a day to support the care and rehoming services which has been provided to more than 4500 animals since 1994. Waggy Tails Rescue does not receive support from government or local authorities or lottery funding and relies on donations from the public and some local businesses.  Ginny Roberts became involved with the charity as a volunteer after adopting a dog in 2005 so fully understands the need to rescue and support pets that become in need of a loving home, especially if they had previously suffered neglect or poor treatment.


“None of the initiatives introduced over the years have made any difference to the need for Waggy Tails Rescue.   We always have over 30 dogs each month either with our voluntary foster homes or in care at the Sanctuary where the few employed team members offer 24/7 care and attention on site,” said Shelagh.


Waggy Tails Rescue holds special Presentation days every month so that people considering adopting a dog can meet the voluntary foster carers with the dogs that need re homing.  Shelagh admits that one of the toughest parts of the job is assessing potential owners.


“If we are always careful with the adoption process so that both the new owners and the dogs can have a happy, enjoyable and long relationship.  The worse thing that can happen is that the dog gets returned to us for any reason.  Anyone who has owned a dog will understand what an amazing bond a dog can have with an owner and how devastating it can be for both the animal and human if that gets broken.  We make no apologies for being very strict as our long term goal of a happy future is our focus.  We have so many people to thank who have helped make a real difference to so many of the animals who have passed through our care.  It’s so very much appreciated.”


If anyone can support, either as a volunteer or possibly adopt or foster a dog, or can help fundraise please either call 01202 875000 or visit www.waggytails.org.uk

 

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