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 Song Of Sadness And Love

Sleep Tight Little Girl

Saying goodbye to an angel..

It's a common misconception that because Joy has so many dogs, losing one isn't like losing a pet or that she does not love the outside dogs as much as she loves the house crew....anyone who thinks either of those things couldn't be more wrong. To her every life matters and every animal she has is deeply loved. The Romanian dogs all know when one of them is about to pass over and the packs sent up a cacophony of sadness early this morning as they sang a sister to the bridge because today Joy lost one of her beloved rommies. Little Lisa died peacefully in her sleep last night lying next to her best friend, kennel mate and companion, Tillica and she will be dearly missed by all. She came to Joy 4 years ago from who knows what past hell and she carried the mental scars of fear of humans with her but she found a home, peace, love and warmth with Joy and her and Tillica were inseparable. He is bereft so he will spend the day with her and then he will move into the house with Joy and Vivi. Little Lisa will be lovingly tucked up with all the other special souls who have gone to the bridge over the years and be reunited with her friends in the pasture where they play. All the animals know that beautiful half acre field, from choice the horses never graze there and it will never be built on because that's where they all are, watching over the sanctuary, Joy and thier friends.

Thank you for loving her, Joy x

Sleep tight Little Lisa, your life mattered...

Lisa and Tillica

​You can read more about our Rommies and how they came to us here:

A New Adventure For Archie
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One By One Until There Are None

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Helen LLoyd