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 Sad Day Precedes A New Beginning


On Friday we welcomed three new 'Lifers' to the sanctuary, it was a tough day and our hearts broke all over again.



The beautiful Missy was a PTS case that Last Hope saved, she has been in emergency boarding for a little while. She is so fearful, her journey from transport vehicle to kennel on Friday was belly crawling absolute fear and total re-activeness. At times she just froze and the total gut wrench was when she hid, flat on her belly with her head under a bunch of dock leaves thinking she was invisible. She is only 18 months old.



Hector a lovely presa lad, an old man whose owner passed away and was again a PTS risk. Disorientated and so afraid that he creates a cordon around himself and guards his kennel because he feels that is all that's left to him in the world. He is totally fear reactive but you can see his desire to be better behind the fear in his eyes. He is dazed, lost and confused and wondering when the journey ends and whether this is now home.



Louis 5 years old, a beautiful compact little bulldog cross and owner hand in to Last Hope, again a PTS risk. He is so neck reactive that he would take you're arm off rather than have a slip lead on....what the hell happened? What did humans do? The most dangerous breed of them all to create such abject and crippling fear, reactivity and so much sadness.

All three are now home, tucked securely into the big warm heart of the sanctuary and will come to know family, kindness, comfort and safety again as we work to address the balance and restore thier faith in the may take a big tube of that special sanctuary love glue to stick them all back together but we will get there x

Festive Thank You's! Our Wishes Came True..
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Helen LLoyd