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
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From The Heart
The 'Nobody Dogs' and the sanctuary
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A New Adventure For Archie

Archie After A Few Weeks Of Rehab

Sometimes acceptance and a kennel is the key which unlocks the fear and opens the door to happiness...

Hello, Archie here with an update for all the lovely people who stopped to read my story and cared enough to help. I am only a baby really and due to my issues I was going to be put to sleep at 9 months. I was saved from that fate by Donna of Marleys Rescue and I was fostered and even adopted but I couldn't cope because my anxiety was too strong and I did things that I shouldn't to myself and others. Even though I didn't want to, I hurt myself and I just felt bad all the time. I chased and bit my tail, I chewed my legs and I bit people. I spent every hour of the day anxious and scared and I didn't know what to do with myself....I was so unhappy and my body hurt; I was broken and just wanted to feel better and be better. Auntie Donna signed me over to the Sanctuary for a last chance and it may seem strange to you but I loved being in a kennel and it helped me to deal with and get away from my separation anxiety. Auntie Joy said that this happens a lot with dogs like me...we are just happier in our kennels because we find the home environment too stressful. I settled in almost immediately, was less scared and did not hurt myself much at all. I keep myself very busy with all the cool things I had in my home, toys and balls and ropes and tyres to chew and chuck about in my own little activity centre and I didn't feel the need to chase my tail or bite my legs as much when I had so many things to distract me. I enjoyed the goings on in the yard and it was fun to sit and watch what everyone was doing. There were so many things to see and hear there and I had so many friends to talk to; I never felt alone and that made me feel so much safer and happier. Auntie Joy loved and accepted me for who and what I am and she promised me that together we would help me to stop hurting myself and be the very, very best I could be.

A New Adventure...

You may notice that I am talking in the past tense because I have some amazing news! I worked really, really hard with Auntie Joy on my rehab and my separation anxiety has dramatically improved and I almost never chase my tail now unless someone sweeps in front of me and Auntie Joy says I am just motion triggered now which is easily controlled. She says that I have been incredibly brave and she is so proud of me and although I will miss her and the friends I made at the sanctuary, I have packed my suitcase full of tricks to help me cope and put in my new found self-confidence and taken the next step on my journey and I am now with Auntie Joy's friends at Last Hope Rescue to see how I will cope in a home and if I will like it. If I do I can apparently have a foster home and maybe...just maybe if I am very brave and very lucky; I can find my forever home.

Here I am at Last Hope Rescue!

A BIG Thank you!

I know there were so many people who helped Auntie Joy to give me the space and time I needed to help me to mend and sent me toys and treats and I wanted to say thank you so much for loving me and caring enough to help me. I hope I can continue to make you proud...I promise to keep being brave and trying my very best and to let you all know how I am getting on. 

Love and licks, Archie x

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