Staffie and Stray was founded on 3rd April 2014 as a result of founder Calli Byrnes passion to save dogs in need. Having had 3 Staffies (now 4) of her own, volunteering for local rescues and shortly after learning about the stigma surrounding the Staffordshire bull terrier, she soon realised that she wanted to do something more. Something wasn’t sitting right with her and she just couldn’t relax and ignore the cruelty that she became aware of and the extent of the problem that exists.
Staffie and Stray Rescue is a registered charity (No. 1163631) based in Ferndown (the office) but covers the Bournemouth and surrounding area. The aim of the rescue is to find foster homes and permanent homes for dogs in need of a new home. Staffie and Stray take on dogs whose owners are no longer able to look after them due to unforeseen circumstances. The rescue is seeing increasing cases of abuse, neglect and homelessness. The rescue is entirely volunteer based, however the small but mighty team does a fantastic job in supporting the Staffies who come in needing their help.
Understanding the Breed
Staffie and Stray Rescue also campaign to help change people’s negative attitudes towards Staffordshire bull terriers, who are often portrayed as dangerous dogs in the media. With 75% of stray dogs being Staffordshire bull terriers, we hope to encourage more people to rehome the breed. The Staffordshire bull terrier is known to have the nickname “the nanny dog” as a result of the breeds affinity with children.
Staffie and Stray Rescue prides itself on being a family run rescue where all family members take an active part in supporting the rescue in all area’s such as admin, fundraising, assessing and successfully rehoming dogs. Staffie and Stray Rescue are there for members of the public who may need advice. The rescue always provides information and advice to those who need it, as well as supporting families who may not necessarily need their dogs rehoming, but need some guidance.
The rescue also works with local dog wardens and the best dog behavioural therapists in the area to ensure that all dogs in need find the perfect home and happy ever after that they deserve.
Although predominantly a Staffie rescue, Staffie and Stray Rescue will never turn away other dog breeds that need their help.
Staffie and Stray Rescue is looking to help more and more dogs – This means raising enough funds to build kennels that can support more dogs than the rescue can currently take in. Although extensive fundraising plans are underway, the rescue is looking for support from the local area and is encouraging local businesses to come forward and help them to save more Staffies!
The rescue would like to set up a charity shop in the near future to help attain regular funding to support more dogs. The long term plan is also to raise enough money so that they can buy land and build kennels to run a rescue centre. Every decision is made by putting the dog’s wellbeing first. With Staffie and Stray Rescue, it is all about the dogs.