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The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary

Dec
15

An Angel For Christmas

From the depths of hell to sanctuary heaven. Our new boy, Gabriel gets some wind beneath his wings and a special place in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Gabriel was about as abused as a dog can get when he was found in Millfield, Sunderland in February this year. He was literally an emaciated bag of bones with cigarette burns on his face, sores on his body and scabs on his back; another traumatised no name dog that had suffered unbelievable cruelty at the hands of this 'animal loving society'. We can't even imagine what he went through and it does not help Gabriel to dwell there. He was so emaciated that it was uncertain he would survive but survive he did and with careful nursing, his physical health was restored but sadly neurologically, he never quite recovered and is now left with some movement and processing disorders which mean he is prone to falling and can't safely be re-homed into a domestic environment. He spent 10 months in council kennels hoping, wishing and waiting for someone special who had the skills to deal with his issues to take him. Nobody came but thanks to Facebook networking and Rescue Aid For Animals he found us and although he may have trouble staying on all four paws he certainly landed on them because here with us he has a chance at rehabilitation and a home forever that is not far short of heaven for dogs like Gabriel. Here with us he has a safe place to lay his head and dream, soft bedding under his wobbly body, food, friends and buckets full of love....here he can shake out his wings, leave his awful past behind and start his life over again. Welcome home, sweet Gabriel and Merry Christmas x We take the dogs that nobody else can, please help us to continue saving them..without you our road to helping these forgotten and unwanted animals would be almost impossible to tread. Please walk with us and help us hold the paws that need us the most and consider making a small donation today DONATE

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Dec
13

Our Wonky Boy Gus Gives Us A Scare

Gus had a long and painful journey to get to us and endured beatings, starvation and lord knows what else but since arriving he has grown in strength and character and is showing his big puppy side, He is entranced by his new world and into absolutely everything, adores cuddles and fuss. He is so playful and loves lolloping around the play area on his wonky legs and generally hanging out being a daft pup. He has some problems due to his brain injury but had been doing really well until Friday when his behaviour changed and he very quickly became a different dog. He was growly, even more disorientated, especially in his back end, his eyes changed and he developed a twitch above his right eye. We suspect that he may be experiencing some seizure activity which given the scarring left on his brain by the vicious beatings would not be surprising and was always a possibility. We are waiting for his x-ray history to arrive from Spain so that our vet can work out what is going on before we put him through the trauma of a full MRI. He is fine and was back to normal the next day but he is now on our vulnerable list and needs to be close to the house and fully monitored with CCTV. So we are asking for help to fund him a new heated house which will be right next to Joy and give him free range of the garden which we will also set up with CCTV so that we can keep him safe. He just needs a big ole' house full of straw and duvets and to be able to mooch out into an area in the day time and he will like being near the main house because he'll see Joy and be able to watch the goings on in the yard. We can't mix him with other dogs because he is vulnerable given his brain function and the potential for him to have an 'off day' and he gets a bit lonely so this position in the Sanctuary will be perfect for him. We have begged and borrowed and costed the house and fencing out at £500 so not too bad but given the time of year and the pressures upon the Sanctuary we would really appreciate some help to monitor him and make sure this wonderful...

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