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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Dave: A Very Special Boy...

Rescues working together to give a last chance....

Dave was taken in jointly from the pound by The Sanctuary and Last Hope Rescue, he was deemed highly aggressive by the pound and was due to be put to sleep when we stepped up and in for him. Amongst other problems, Dave has Downs Syndrome and was very human and dog aggressive. His aggression and stress led him into biting arms and clothing and stripping off layers....effectively mauling. He came to the Sanctuary a few months ago and into his own house positioned to reduce his dog reactions and we left him in peace to settle, just talking to him and passing by his house saying hello at first until he felt comfortable enough to allow Joy in. And as the days and weeks went by she was able to spend more and more time working with him, safely building up the time and trust until she was able to take him out for his first walk which he loved.


He continued to respond well to rehab and after months of working with him, Dave no longer takes your clothes off or mauls you and is now even able to live opposite a dog and actually enjoy the interaction. In fact he lives opposite our gorgeous crazy Daisy and they have developed and play a game of door knocking which is hilarious if a little noisy! Daisy will bang on her open door to slam it and Dave follows suit and they bark in between the door bangs, it's their favourite game which they play regularly and find it all very amusing.


After extensive rehab work, Dave is now much happier in his own skin and he adores cuddles and shows no human aggression at all. He has gone from being one of our highest risk dogs to now being able to accept hellos and cuddles from everyone. He will never live in a home as he needs a handler environment to keep him safe but he has come on leaps and bounds and we are so very proud of him. Dave was saved by rescues working together to stitch him a lifeline of hope where there was none and despite his problems, here with us Dave is loved, happy and has learned a lot of new skills to cope with life and of course he is an excellent door banger! are simply adorable x

Our Sanctuary dogs are always looking for sponsors....if you would like to sponsor Dave or any of the others please click the link for further information and help us to keep saving the lives of animals that have run out of hope. Any amount is so very gratefully received Our Dogs

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Helen LLoyd