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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Different Strokes For Daisy


If you read our blogs regularly you will have begun to understand that we are a bit unique in what we do and that the animals that we take are not the norm. It is our belief and ethos that even those at the extreme end of behaviour who will never have a sofa still deserve and can have a quality of life here with us, a different life but a life of enrichment and love. Animals like Daisy who spent most of her life in rescue until she came to us two years ago. She has slight brain damage and is a real challenge behaviour wise but she is a happy, waggy girl because we found her happy spot, her comfortable place which in Daisy's case is that she is happiest in a controlled environment with boundaries. Boundaries make her feel secure and security boosts her confidence and allows her to relax. She has a large house and long grass run, loves her life and is content. She is highly reactive and the only touch contact she can tolerate and that Joy can have with her safely is touching her toes during their regular game of peek-a-boo (main picture) this is one of her favourites games and one they play daily.

She may not have the life that most envisage i.e. a family home, but she has a home here with us, we adore her and we are her family. Here she was yesterday enjoying the spring sunshine.​

​Daisy is one of our permanent residents who is in need of sponsors. If you have some pennies to spare and would like to sponsor her please use the link. Thank you.

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One By One Until There Are None

"If you have received love from an animal in your life then you are very lucky. Give back a little to this fantastic trust and see what YOU can do to make a huge difference. Love, shelter, healthcare and food. What an amazing gift you can give. Do it today. Thank you so much."

Helen LLoyd