about DAWGdogs

Dorset Animal Workers Group

Dorset Animal Workers Group is a rescue organisation local to the Poole / Bournemouth area run by Helen Sanders and a group of dedicated volunteers.

We are a non-profit making group and we all give our time, open our houses up as doggie accommodation and offer our cars as doggie taxis freely.

We will help all animals but mainly concentrate on dog rescue.
We take in local dogs as well as those from rescues based in Ireland.

The rescues in Ireland are struggling to cope with the number of strays they receive.

We feel that if any dog, regardless of borders, needs help and if we have the space then we must help.

Many 1000’s of dogs end up in council pounds as strays and if they are not claimed within 7-10 days they are destroyed.

All our dogs are kept in home and family situations with fosterers who have very kindly offered their help. From here they are placed in new homes.

We are always looking for good, responsible homes for our dogs, but prefer to re-home within a 30 mile radius.

Every potential new home will be homechecked by one of our homecheckers who will be looking for a securely fenced garden.


If you think that you have the time, patience and a good home to offer one of our dogs please contact us!


Since this website is now getting a lot of visitors from all over the country,

( and some international ones too!)

we need to stress the following important points:

We will only rehome dogs within approx 30miles of the Bournemouth/Poole area in order that we can ensure the continued well being of the dogs we rehome.


We are NOT looking for just ANY home for these dogs.

All potential homes will be assessed to try and ensure the best possible home to cater for the differing needs of each individual dog in our care.

We would rather keep a dog for longer at the Rescue

than send it to a home that may be potentially unsuitable for any reason.

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Helen Sanders
Dorset Animal Workers Group (D.A.W.G)
49 Shillito Road
Upper Parkstone
BH12 2BW

No visitors will be admitted to the Rescue without prior appointment

01202 380467