Dorset animal rescue centre launch appeal to rehome dogs

NEEDING CARE: Duty Manager of Waggy Tails Sue Carr with Susie the nine-year-old Jack Russell cross and Foxy a 12-year-old German Shepherd cross

NEEDING CARE: Duty Manager of Waggy Tails Sue Carr with Susie the nine-year-old Jack Russell cross and Foxy a 12-year-old German Shepherd cross

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AN appeal has been launched to raise £400,000 for a Dorset animal rescue centre devoted to finding new homes for dogs on “death row”.

When their days are literally numbered, Waggy Tails provides sanctuary for unloved pets after they end up in council pounds across the country.

Charity chairman Shelagh Meredith said: “Dogs are kept in pounds for seven days; sadly most are then put to sleep.

“Figures aren’t published but there are probably more than 100,000 dogs put to sleep across the UK every year. We never, ever put down a healthy animal.”

Waggy Tails finds new homes for up to 300 dogs a year. After purchasing new premises, between Bournemouth and Poole, the charity now plans to transform a detached home into a ‘safe house’ where dogs can be cared for and assessed before being fostered and re-homed.

Dogs live in their own heated cabin at Helen’s House with staff on call round the clock to ensure the animals’ welfare.

Shelagh, a former restaurant owner who now lives in West Moors, said: “We receive five or six calls a day to re-home dogs; local animals are treated as a priority but we also take in dogs from pounds across the country.

“We also step in when their owner can no longer look after them; perhaps they have had to go into hospital or a relationship has broken down and the dog ends up homeless. There are so many scenarios when we have to come to the rescue.”

Shelagh, who has been finding dogs new homes for 17 years, added: “There is always a need for more volunteers to help out with fostering, home checks, grooming, dog walking and DIY.”

The charity relies entirely on donations, legacies and sales at its shops in West Moors and Parkstone.

l To find out more about the charity or become a Friend of Waggy Tails Rescue phone 01202 875000.

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12:53pm Sat 13 Aug 11

oversixty says...

As someone who has either fostered or adopted dogs from Waggy Tails since 1998 I would like to say that they are quite superb! The dogs interest always comes first and the staff are very dedicated.
The best of luck in your appeal!
As someone who has either fostered or adopted dogs from Waggy Tails since 1998 I would like to say that they are quite superb! The dogs interest always comes first and the staff are very dedicated. The best of luck in your appeal! oversixty
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3:44pm Sat 13 Aug 11

denmarmat says...

I too have adopted a dog from a rescue centre, they do a wonderful job but we only seem to hear about some of them when they require money you do not hear them offering any input when we have had cases of dog attacks
I too have adopted a dog from a rescue centre, they do a wonderful job but we only seem to hear about some of them when they require money you do not hear them offering any input when we have had cases of dog attacks denmarmat
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5:06pm Sat 13 Aug 11

pete woodley says...

Waggy Tails are always on the scrounge.with 2 shops they cant be short of funds.
Waggy Tails are always on the scrounge.with 2 shops they cant be short of funds. pete woodley
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1:04pm Wed 17 Aug 11

Caroline000 says...

pete woodley wrote:
Waggy Tails are always on the scrounge.with 2 shops they cant be short of funds.
If you are going to be critical, please get your facts straight. Actually they have three shops, two in West Moors and one in Parkstone. I am sure if you saw the amount of animals coming through, that need re-homing/veterinary care/operations/re-t
raining etc, perhaps you may think differently. It boils down to human greed - irresponsible people breeding from their animals (particularly dogs to make money) - with no thought or concern over what happens to the puppies after as long as they have their money. You only have to look in the Echo and othe local "free newspaper" pet sections to see the amount of dogs for sale. Waggy Tails Rescue neuter dogs as soon as they come in (or as soon as they are medically fit) to prevent any more unwanted puppies. For anyone looking to take a rescue dog on, as should all responsible rescue centres. None of this is available for free!

You may not be an animal lover or indeed a Waggy Tails supporter or any other rescue centre for that matter - but by god do they work hard to make it a better place for these animals and why shouldn't they? If you choose to support - that is wonderful, if you choose not to, that is your right - we each have our own particular charities we choose to support - life is just too short to sit there moaning so maybe help at one of them !
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Waggy Tails are always on the scrounge.with 2 shops they cant be short of funds.[/p][/quote]If you are going to be critical, please get your facts straight. Actually they have three shops, two in West Moors and one in Parkstone. I am sure if you saw the amount of animals coming through, that need re-homing/veterinary care/operations/re-t raining etc, perhaps you may think differently. It boils down to human greed - irresponsible people breeding from their animals (particularly dogs to make money) - with no thought or concern over what happens to the puppies after as long as they have their money. You only have to look in the Echo and othe local "free newspaper" pet sections to see the amount of dogs for sale. Waggy Tails Rescue neuter dogs as soon as they come in (or as soon as they are medically fit) to prevent any more unwanted puppies. For anyone looking to take a rescue dog on, as should all responsible rescue centres. None of this is available for free! You may not be an animal lover or indeed a Waggy Tails supporter or any other rescue centre for that matter - but by god do they work hard to make it a better place for these animals and why shouldn't they? If you choose to support - that is wonderful, if you choose not to, that is your right - we each have our own particular charities we choose to support - life is just too short to sit there moaning so maybe help at one of them ! Caroline000
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2:43pm Wed 17 Aug 11

oversixty says...

Caroline000 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Waggy Tails are always on the scrounge.with 2 shops they cant be short of funds.
If you are going to be critical, please get your facts straight. Actually they have three shops, two in West Moors and one in Parkstone. I am sure if you saw the amount of animals coming through, that need re-homing/veterinary care/operations/re-t

raining etc, perhaps you may think differently. It boils down to human greed - irresponsible people breeding from their animals (particularly dogs to make money) - with no thought or concern over what happens to the puppies after as long as they have their money. You only have to look in the Echo and othe local "free newspaper" pet sections to see the amount of dogs for sale. Waggy Tails Rescue neuter dogs as soon as they come in (or as soon as they are medically fit) to prevent any more unwanted puppies. For anyone looking to take a rescue dog on, as should all responsible rescue centres. None of this is available for free!

You may not be an animal lover or indeed a Waggy Tails supporter or any other rescue centre for that matter - but by god do they work hard to make it a better place for these animals and why shouldn't they? If you choose to support - that is wonderful, if you choose not to, that is your right - we each have our own particular charities we choose to support - life is just too short to sit there moaning so maybe help at one of them !
Excellent response Caroline!
Please take no notice of Mr Woodley as he is well known for his unfounded outbursts!
[quote][p][bold]Caroline000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Waggy Tails are always on the scrounge.with 2 shops they cant be short of funds.[/p][/quote]If you are going to be critical, please get your facts straight. Actually they have three shops, two in West Moors and one in Parkstone. I am sure if you saw the amount of animals coming through, that need re-homing/veterinary care/operations/re-t raining etc, perhaps you may think differently. It boils down to human greed - irresponsible people breeding from their animals (particularly dogs to make money) - with no thought or concern over what happens to the puppies after as long as they have their money. You only have to look in the Echo and othe local "free newspaper" pet sections to see the amount of dogs for sale. Waggy Tails Rescue neuter dogs as soon as they come in (or as soon as they are medically fit) to prevent any more unwanted puppies. For anyone looking to take a rescue dog on, as should all responsible rescue centres. None of this is available for free! You may not be an animal lover or indeed a Waggy Tails supporter or any other rescue centre for that matter - but by god do they work hard to make it a better place for these animals and why shouldn't they? If you choose to support - that is wonderful, if you choose not to, that is your right - we each have our own particular charities we choose to support - life is just too short to sit there moaning so maybe help at one of them ![/p][/quote]Excellent response Caroline! Please take no notice of Mr Woodley as he is well known for his unfounded outbursts! oversixty
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2:44pm Wed 17 Aug 11

oversixty says...

Caroline000 wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Waggy Tails are always on the scrounge.with 2 shops they cant be short of funds.
If you are going to be critical, please get your facts straight. Actually they have three shops, two in West Moors and one in Parkstone. I am sure if you saw the amount of animals coming through, that need re-homing/veterinary care/operations/re-t

raining etc, perhaps you may think differently. It boils down to human greed - irresponsible people breeding from their animals (particularly dogs to make money) - with no thought or concern over what happens to the puppies after as long as they have their money. You only have to look in the Echo and othe local "free newspaper" pet sections to see the amount of dogs for sale. Waggy Tails Rescue neuter dogs as soon as they come in (or as soon as they are medically fit) to prevent any more unwanted puppies. For anyone looking to take a rescue dog on, as should all responsible rescue centres. None of this is available for free!

You may not be an animal lover or indeed a Waggy Tails supporter or any other rescue centre for that matter - but by god do they work hard to make it a better place for these animals and why shouldn't they? If you choose to support - that is wonderful, if you choose not to, that is your right - we each have our own particular charities we choose to support - life is just too short to sit there moaning so maybe help at one of them !
Excellent response Caroline!
Please take no notice of Mr Woodley as he is well known for his unfounded outbursts!
[quote][p][bold]Caroline000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Waggy Tails are always on the scrounge.with 2 shops they cant be short of funds.[/p][/quote]If you are going to be critical, please get your facts straight. Actually they have three shops, two in West Moors and one in Parkstone. I am sure if you saw the amount of animals coming through, that need re-homing/veterinary care/operations/re-t raining etc, perhaps you may think differently. It boils down to human greed - irresponsible people breeding from their animals (particularly dogs to make money) - with no thought or concern over what happens to the puppies after as long as they have their money. You only have to look in the Echo and othe local "free newspaper" pet sections to see the amount of dogs for sale. Waggy Tails Rescue neuter dogs as soon as they come in (or as soon as they are medically fit) to prevent any more unwanted puppies. For anyone looking to take a rescue dog on, as should all responsible rescue centres. None of this is available for free! You may not be an animal lover or indeed a Waggy Tails supporter or any other rescue centre for that matter - but by god do they work hard to make it a better place for these animals and why shouldn't they? If you choose to support - that is wonderful, if you choose not to, that is your right - we each have our own particular charities we choose to support - life is just too short to sit there moaning so maybe help at one of them ![/p][/quote]Excellent response Caroline! Please take no notice of Mr Woodley as he is well known for his unfounded outbursts! oversixty
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2:45pm Wed 17 Aug 11

oversixty says...

Excellent response Caroline!
Please take no notice of Mr Woodley as he is well known for his unfounded outbursts!
Excellent response Caroline! Please take no notice of Mr Woodley as he is well known for his unfounded outbursts! oversixty
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2:56pm Wed 17 Aug 11

oversixty says...

Please excuse the repeat postings!
Computer playing up:-(
Please excuse the repeat postings! Computer playing up:-( oversixty
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2:58pm Wed 17 Aug 11

denmarmat says...

Oversixty we get your point no need to post it three times.But Mr.Woodley "unfounded outburst" as you put it does carry some truth
Oversixty we get your point no need to post it three times.But Mr.Woodley "unfounded outburst" as you put it does carry some truth denmarmat
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3:10pm Wed 17 Aug 11

oversixty says...

denmarmat wrote:
Oversixty we get your point no need to post it three times.But Mr.Woodley "unfounded outburst" as you put it does carry some truth
My computer was playing up as stated!
Please state the " some truth" you mention as I am sure Waggy Tails would like to respond!
By the way, what are they supposed to do about dog attacks?
Dog on dog attacks are for the dog wardens and dog on humans is a Police matter.
Irresponsible owners are to blame for most of these cases and for that matter the number of dogs needing rescue!
[quote][p][bold]denmarmat[/bold] wrote: Oversixty we get your point no need to post it three times.But Mr.Woodley "unfounded outburst" as you put it does carry some truth[/p][/quote]My computer was playing up as stated! Please state the " some truth" you mention as I am sure Waggy Tails would like to respond! By the way, what are they supposed to do about dog attacks? Dog on dog attacks are for the dog wardens and dog on humans is a Police matter. Irresponsible owners are to blame for most of these cases and for that matter the number of dogs needing rescue! oversixty
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3:24pm Wed 17 Aug 11

pete woodley says...

To "Over sixty" from "OVER 76",at least i give my name,and do not not make "anonymous" "personal"attacks,so cowardly.Thank you"denmarmat",for your comment.I am indeed well known for telling the truth.
To "Over sixty" from "OVER 76",at least i give my name,and do not not make "anonymous" "personal"attacks,so cowardly.Thank you"denmarmat",for your comment.I am indeed well known for telling the truth. pete woodley
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3:35pm Wed 17 Aug 11

oversixty says...

pete woodley wrote:
To "Over sixty" from "OVER 76",at least i give my name,and do not not make "anonymous" "personal"attacks,so cowardly.Thank you"denmarmat",for your comment.I am indeed well known for telling the truth.
Respond to Carolines comments then!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: To "Over sixty" from "OVER 76",at least i give my name,and do not not make "anonymous" "personal"attacks,so cowardly.Thank you"denmarmat",for your comment.I am indeed well known for telling the truth.[/p][/quote]Respond to Carolines comments then! oversixty
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3:41pm Wed 17 Aug 11

denmarmat says...

You are most welcome Mr.Woodley and oversixty nothing to add to my original comment and i would like to see a comment from Waggy Tails it will be a first if they dont mention donations
You are most welcome Mr.Woodley and oversixty nothing to add to my original comment and i would like to see a comment from Waggy Tails it will be a first if they dont mention donations denmarmat
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3:47pm Wed 17 Aug 11

pete woodley says...

I have had my say,why should i say any more,i am not looking for a slanging match.
I have had my say,why should i say any more,i am not looking for a slanging match. pete woodley
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4:34pm Wed 17 Aug 11

oversixty says...

pete woodley wrote:
I have had my say,why should i say any more,i am not looking for a slanging match.
If you are not looking for a slanging match why say that Waggy Tails are on the scrounge?
By the way, just because you put a name to your posts it does not mean that is who you are!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: I have had my say,why should i say any more,i am not looking for a slanging match.[/p][/quote]If you are not looking for a slanging match why say that Waggy Tails are on the scrounge? By the way, just because you put a name to your posts it does not mean that is who you are! oversixty
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9:57pm Wed 17 Aug 11

denmarmat says...

15 comments 8 from oversixty and 1 from caroline and none from waggy tails,says it all really
15 comments 8 from oversixty and 1 from caroline and none from waggy tails,says it all really denmarmat
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2:21am Fri 19 Aug 11

Caroline000 says...

Actually it says nothing at all ! I have been too busy (am am currently working hence the lateness of this message) to respond - as I stated in my earlier message life is too short to moan - however there are those of you who seem to think otherwise.
My thanks to oversixty for updating me on certain people on here who are known for their unfounded outbursts and it seems there are more than just one person who like to do this! Dog attacks are not something any rescue centre can do anything about, that comes under "training by humans" as we all know, but some choose to ignore....again, animals used purely for financial gain and no respect.

With regard to the rescue centre responding - I am sure they have more things to do like - walking dogs; cleaning kennels out; collecting new dogs; taking dogs to the vets; paying vet bills; home checks; oh and yes fundraising as none of this is free.

This is my last message on this as I know whats important and I have made my point, so you can have the last typed message as I know you will want to but deep down I know your a softee really and you do care - you just dont want to admit it ! ;-)
Actually it says nothing at all ! I have been too busy (am am currently working hence the lateness of this message) to respond - as I stated in my earlier message life is too short to moan - however there are those of you who seem to think otherwise. My thanks to oversixty for updating me on certain people on here who are known for their unfounded outbursts and it seems there are more than just one person who like to do this! Dog attacks are not something any rescue centre can do anything about, that comes under "training by humans" as we all know, but some choose to ignore....again, animals used purely for financial gain and no respect. With regard to the rescue centre responding - I am sure they have more things to do like - walking dogs; cleaning kennels out; collecting new dogs; taking dogs to the vets; paying vet bills; home checks; oh and yes fundraising as none of this is free. This is my last message on this as I know whats important and I have made my point, so you can have the last typed message as I know you will want to but deep down I know your a softee really and you do care - you just dont want to admit it ! ;-) Caroline000
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