Dorset based charity Waggy Tails has received a £1,000 funding boost after winning the Aviva Community Fund entry bid.
The organisation, which helps to shelter and re-home dogs, is one of 450 charities who have gained a sum of money between £1,000 and £25,000 to help with running their causes. They accumulated 857 votes from the local community for their entry.
Waggy Tails was founded in 1994 by Shelagh Meredith, after she answered an advertisement from a rescue centre in Wales looking for homes for dogs. Since the charity first started, Shelagh and the team have rescued and re-homed around 250 dogs a year.
The nationwide project is in its second year after launching in September 2016 and aims to call upon passionate residents to vote for a charity they strongly support.
Receiving the Aviva Community Fund award will give all the winning charities funding for new projects to aid their work .
Waggy Tails will receive enough money to run two projects, which involve a new animal ambulance for collecting emergency rescues and transportation of rescues to the vet, and also the installation of a hydrotherapy pool for ill or elderly dogs. At present, the charity has to make a round trip of 40 miles and pay another facility for this specific treatment.