We are The Birkett~Smith Animal Sanctuary and we are a rarity in the UK as we are the largest sanctuary to take in both human and dog aggressive dogs and rehabilitate them.
As well as giving sanctuary and rehab to our own dogs we offer unique short to medium term rehabilitation spaces for UK rescues and privately owned dogs who are seeking a place of safety and rehab for behaviourally affected dogs who are suffering with various issues whether these be human, environment or animal directed. We are unique in a number of ways, not least of which is the fact we are a farm sanctuary and we have sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, a goat and horses. All of these animals are involved in rehabilitating the dogs that come through our rehab centre and are used to helping out. Our permanent sanctuary dogs get to play their part also by acting as stooges, walking partners, calming influences etc. We give them all jobs to do and keep them busy with an enriched day and it's fabulously fun and the kids who live here, whether permanently or temporarily don't miss out on anything including buckets of love and plenty of playtime.
The Canine Rehab Centre was born out of the main Sanctuary in 2015 when we realised there was a gap in the system and a dire need for a centre aimed specifically at dogs that were having issues in the home under their rescues or unable to be placed in a home due to behavioural issues but would be able to and be safe to go back to a home after some rehabilitation. Sanctuary is often seen as the last chance at life for an otherwise hopeless dog and sometimes it is but by filling the rehab gap in the system the SOS Safe Havens have enabled us to take in dogs for temporary rehabilitation stays. To to be assessed, understood, rehabilitated and prepared to go back out to their homes or their respective rescues again with new skills and new hope. In most cases this individual service offers them their last chance to gain help for animals who would otherwise be put to sleep and has been hugely successful and worked very well in the most part with only a few dogs being unable to go back to a home environment, mainly due to special homes being very hard to find.