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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A Miracle Three Years In The Making


"All we want for all of them is to feel safe, secure and loved and in time... how ever long that may be; to be the dogs they can become with no expectations." 

Joy x
Snowy In Romania

Today we wanted to share something really special with you all, something that goes right to the heart of what we do and who we are. The dogs we take in are far from the norm as you know and it goes without saying that most would not be here now had we not taken them. Many are classed as difficult and hard to love but not for us. We firmly believe that each dog deserves a chance and deserves to be loved, cherished and respected and to be the best they can be and no matter how 'difficult' we never stop trying to find their happy spot. 

This is Snowy, she has been with us for 3 years now having come in with our original Rommie rescues (you can read more about them here). The picture of her on the left says enough and without going into the gory details she had clearly been through a lot and to this day she remains a very human wary girl. She suffers with a skin condition called Dermodex which we treat with creams etc but the last 6 months finally saw us turn a corner with her condition and her skin now looks fabulous.

But that's not the story....

Snowy lives with her pack; Fanta, Stan and Kiki and they have their own area set back from the sanctuary as Snowy is petrified of new humans and spends her days inside their spacious house. However, early morning and evenings when the sanctuary is quiet and peaceful bar the drumming of emus and gaggling of geese she softly pads out to sniff the air. Joy has watched her many, many times but last night she stayed out for longer and something really special happened.....she picked up a toy and started to PLAY! It was an amazing sight, a lump in the throat moment and something we never thought we would see but never gave up on and tells us this girl has her happy spot, she lives differently and in her own way, on her own terms but she is happy and we can't ask for more of her than that.  

Please think about helping us to continue to care for our animals by making a donation today. Any amount no matter how small means so much to us and the world to them.

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Helen LLoyd