Working to save stray dogs

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Welcome To Save Our Strays

Dogs are man's best friend, their love is unconditional so before buying a dog or puppy please consider adopting a rescue dog that needs a new home. On our website you will find a wide variety of dogs and puppies that need a good loving home.

We are small registered charity in the North East of England who depend completely on public donations to rescue unwanted dogs, mainly from the dog pounds. We are all volunteers who are passionate about rescue dogs and every penny raised goes towards their care.

Dogs like me need a new home

Dogs like me need a homeContact Us

Phone between 9am and 7pm only:

Margaret 01642 488667

Lynn 07952 334379

Lynne 01287 652086

Pauline 07804 405309

Julie 01642 487328




Please click here to download an application form.


Annual Good Friday Sponsored Dog Walk - 3rd April

Our annual sponsored walk is taking place on Friday 3rd April, registrations from 10.30 am at our shop at 129a High Street, Marske TS11 6JX. Everyone four legs and two legs welcome, short walks and longer walks depending on ability. Come along and join in the fun and help us boost our much needed funds for the dogs in our care. Refreshments available. Any further information please telephone Lynn on 07952 334379 or Margaret on 01642 488667.
Click here to download a sponsor form.

Crisis for Stray Dogs

The closure of Waterfall Kennels (the local dog pound, Guisborough) will take effect on 1st April this year. Agents acting on behalf of The Guisborough Estate have served a three month notice on Redcar and Middlesbrough Councils stating that the stray dog contract will not be renewed as the kennels and land are required for re-development.

Save Our Strays, S.A.R.A. and Maxi's Mates have been involved in discussions with both Councils who have a legal obligation to provide a 7 day service to stray dogs. Both Councils have stated that they intend to send out tenders to other local kennels. In the event that no local kennels will take up the contract, then the Councils will look further afield, i.e. County Durham, Darlington.

S.O.S. and S.A.R.A. already take stray dogs when spaces are available, but could no way help with the number of stray dogs that currently go to Waterfall Kennels. On Maxi's Mates' Facebook page 104 dogs have passed through Waterfall in the last 4 months. Some of these dogs have been reunited with owners, others have been re-homed or gone to rescue centres.

The implications of the closure of the dog pound are many and varied. To give just a few examples:- (1) if your dog strays and there is no local pound, you may have to travel miles to re-claim your dog, (2) Waterfall Kennels have operated a non-destruction policy as far as possible; this means they keep dogs for longer than 7 days when their Council funding expires. Will a new contract agree with this policy? If not, dogs will be put to sleep after 7 days.

If the Councils are unable to secure alternative resources by 1st April 2015, the result will be that stray, vulnerable and unprotected dogs will be left to wander the streets, to be killed on the road, or cause accidents.

The last few years have seen such a positive attitude and commitment to stray dogs by dog rescue centres, the Councils, Waterfall Kennels and Maxi's Mates, who volunteer at Waterfall Kennels. All this will be lost if no premises are found as a matter or urgency.

If you can help please contact Redcar or Middlesbrough Councils.

Margaret Young (Chair, Save Our Strays)

Maxis - SOS

S.O.S. Committee have decided that due to our limited financial resources and the number of strays already in our care (presently costing us £5000 monthly) our first commitment has to be to these dogs as currently we are only just covering our outgoings for them.

We wish Maxis Mates every success in their venture to find premises for stray dogs and will, of course, continue to support them but not in a joint financial venture.

Urgent Foster Home required for (Big) Roxy

Roxy is a sweet natured mastiff who just loves everybody, especially if they come bearing treats. She is an older girl who has been used for breeding and she came to us in a very sorry state with both mammary tumours and a large tumour on her head. These have now been removed and despite all this she has remained a happy girl.

Roxy needs to be the only dog in her new home. Given her age Roxy would probably be best in a home with more mature owners. She will come with a Pension Plan meaning all future vet bills will be paid for by SOS.

If you would like to come and meet this lovely girl, please telephone Margaret on 01642 488667 or Lynn 07952 334379 to arrange an appointment.

Clear Plastic Bags Wanted

A plea for clear plastic bags, suitable for putting curtains and bedding in to display in the shop.Please either drop them off at the shop or send them to Gloria Spencer at 20 Rossendale Close, Marske by the Sea, Redcar, TS11 6DT.


Wish Token Appeal 2014

Yes it's that time of year again when we ask all our supporters to collect the Wish Tokens which appear in the Evening Gazette newspaper for us to hopefully win a share of the funds.

You were absolutely amazing last year and collected the most Wish Tokens of any charity so for the first time ever our little charity came first! This year we are hoping to do well again as we always need funds to support our dogs, to rescue them and provide a roof over their heads and to ensure that they get essential veterinary treatment and neutering, in addition to the standard vaccinations and microchipping. Our monthly bills are running between £5,000 to £6,000 every month so we have to have a constant programme of fundraising and appeals to meet this.

Wish Tokens can be posted to our Secretary, Gloria Spencer at 20 Rossendale Close, Marske TS11 6DT, taken into our Save Our Strays charity shop at 129a High Street, Marske TS11 6JX or telephone Gloria 01642 286679 or Lynn 07952 334379 to arrange collection.

Here's hoping!!!

Monthly Meet and Greet

We have finished the Meet and Greets for this year and the next one will be in Spring of next year. If you would like to come and meet one of our dogs please telephone Margaret on 01642 488667 or Lynn 07952 334379.

SOS Charity Shop

Our latest venture in opening a charity shop at 129a High Street, Marske by the Sea TS11 6JX (just a few doors down from Darby's Glass shop) is going very well so far.

We are delighted with all the support you have given us to get this project up and running, we can't do it without you all. We are still looking for regular volunteers to help sort and price up donated items, if you feel you could help us a few hours a week (10 til 1pm or 1pm til 4pm) please either call in the shop and see Margaret or telephone her on 01642 488667.

We are also looking for good quality items to sell including clothing, shoes, accessories, jewellery, DVDs, CDs, books, household items, crockery, bedding, bric a brac, small pieces of furniture and pet items.

The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 10am til 4pm and you are welcome to drop items off directly to the shop. Larger items which are too big for the shop are being sold on our Facebook Save Our Strays selling page.

If transport is an issue please telephone Lynn 07952 334379 or Gloria 01642 286679 to arrange collection/drop off or email us at

Urgent - Donated Items Wanted for Tombolas

Tombolas raise a great deal of money for Save Our Strays and we are always in need of good quality/new items, unwanted gifts etc to use on our stalls. Are you able to help us out? If so, please telephone Lynn 07952 334379, or Gloria 01642 286679 to arrange collection/drop off or email us at

Now I am loved.

A year ago now
I was all skin and bone,
I was lost and forgotten
on the streets all alone.

A poem by Anne Taylor. July 2010

Link to read the whole poem

Others helping Rescue Dogs

Why not look at Dog Rescue they do similar work to SOS and this is a new site aimed at helping home dogs that have been in rescue for sometime.