WAGS Retired Police Dog Founders & History

Two amazing dog handlers Marie Poole from Wiltshire Police and Andrew Jamieson-Jerreat from Avon & Somerset Police came together to create WAGS Retired Police Dog Trust back in 2014. Their love and dedication to retired police dogs has been incredible. The hours of voluntary work both Marie and Andy dedicated fundraising for the RPDs over the early years, ensured WAGS could help so many retired police dogs. The current trustees cannot thank Marie and Andy enough for all their dedicated work in setting up WAGS. The Trust became a fully registered Charity in November 2019. Marie retired from the charity in 2019 and will always be remembered for all her incredible work. Andy became Chairperson in 2019 and has led the charity as it has grown with the demand of supporting so many more dogs. The introduction of our Volunteers Scheme in 2021, allowed our Charity to expand and develop with the help and support of our amazing new volunteers. In 2023 Andy stepped down as Chair leaving his legacy our Mascot Elmo as a lasting reminder of all the work Andy carried out for the charity. Andy’s successor as Chair, Adam Weal is dedicated to ensuring our Charity continues to grow and support all the Retired Police Dogs from Wiltshire, Avon, Gloucestershire, and Somerset.

A collage of photos below of both Andy & Marie celebrating the amazing police careers they achieved as dog handlers, and we wish them both a happy and healthy retirement.

Marie Poole

Andrew Jamieson-Jerreat