The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary

The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary
3 Templemans Ash,
DT6 5NX.

About Us
We provide forever homes for domestic, farm and wildlife animals
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A Bit More About Us
We have approximately 150 animals which includes over 100 dogs
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Happy Beginnings
At The Sanctuary there are no endings, just Happy New Beginnings.
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Realising A Dream
Our Dream Becomes Reality And All Because Of You
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From The Heart
The 'Nobody Dogs' and the sanctuary
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  • About Us
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  • Realising A Dream
  • From The Heart

The Little Matter Of Marmite


This last two weeks have been tough and here is another little reason why... Meet Marmite..

Sweet Marmite

There are some dogs that get a hold of your heart and break it a little simply due to their anguish; Marmite did that to Joy. He arrived at the Sanctuary a few days ago, a small staffie and a youngster still; he has been let down so many times. His life up until now consisted of him being left by his 'family' in a property, going into foster twice and bouncing back both times because of his behaviour issues, then into rescue and emergency boarding which also wasn't working because of his problems. This little lad goes from nought to sixty in a nano second, teeth everywhere and they connect not with intent but because he just does not know what to do with himself or how to be, He suckles on the long end of his collar for comfort, he climbs leads and arms and can loose the plot totally jumping some 5 foot in the air, snapping at your face. His own little face quite simply says it all and his eyes....well you could drown in the sorrow in them right now. He is very, very thin and his sticky out ribs explain his need to spend half an hour pretend burying his food for a rainy day. BUT he is now home here tucked tightly into the warm heart of the Sanctuary and life is on the up for Marmite After just a few days he is already starting to settle enough for cuddles which he loves and he loves "stuff"...anything... it does not matter what it's just as though he needs things to call his own and things to call his own is just what he shall, bones, beds, fact he will have a a kennel full of love and "stuff" and he'll have Joy as his constant, his person and he will never want for anything or feel hunger again and he will never, ever be abandoned again...because Marmite matters to us x

Please think about making a donation to the sanctuary today so that we can continue to take in and care for the dogs nobody else can and help us to make them matter. Or if you would like to buy Marmite some 'stuff' please check out our Sanctuary Store

A Tail Of Love For Valentines Day..
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One By One Until There Are None

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Helen LLoyd