About Us

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Founded in April 2010, we were originally known as ‘Seaford Dog Rescue’ and renamed the rescue ‘Waifs and Strays Dog Rescue’ in January 2013, to indicate we covered further afield

The rescue was started, because it became very clear, that strays in the East Sussex area, who were not reunited with their owners (more often then not, dumped) were put to sleep. This is where we now step in and take in the unclaimed strays, rehabiliate and arrange any veterinary care, where necessary, then work hard to find a suitable home, with the invaluable help of our amazing team of volunteers, a network of foster homes, fundraisers, home checkers and transporters.

There are on average, around 1000 strays a year, in the East Sussex area alone, 80-90% of these, are reunited with their owners (very quickly if they are microchipped). The 10-20% we then take in.

On top of this, where we can, we take in dog’s that are surrendered to us, for many reasons,a change in circumstances for example.

We work tirelessly, raising funds, to help pay towards any costs, the largest of which is our vet bills. To give an example why we need to;

To neuter, vaccinated and microchip a dog around £200-£250 (this is not including any medical conditions we may have to pay for)

Adoption fee for the same dog £120.00 (Fee varies for each dog)

We had one dog come in as a stray, Bonnie, a little Westie, it became apparent she had been hit by a car, she had to have an operation on her leg, we also had her neutered, at a cost of around £600. See below on how she came to us and how she was after treatment.

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Hope a puppy Bichon, was due to be PTS due to having a health condition, we paid for many tests to be completed, to diagnose her problem. Hope was diagnosed with epilepsy, we kept her in the care of our wonderful foster, whilst we managed her medication to the level necessary, to control her epileptic fits. Once this was established, Hope was adopted by a wonderful couple and resides with a young Bichon and lives the most wonderful life in their care.

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Libby and Charlie, King Charles spaniels, were picked up as strays, it was soon discovered, they needed a lot of dental work, neutering and they would need to start a course of vaccinations. Now with their dental work done, they are settled in a wonderful home.

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If you would like to be apart of our amazing team, who are all volunteers, who help out where and when they can, then please do contact us on info@waifsandstraysdogrescue.co.uk

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