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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Sun Bunnies & Babes

Fun in the sun yesterday with Harry and Lola and our little girl, Maisie... 

Harrypants and Lola never miss an opportunity to play out in the paddocks and yesterday they had fun with the tunnel and an endless array of toys! Both went to bed exhausted and happy.

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Maisie is a permanent Sanctuary girl who came to us in April and who you may remember spent some time in EB whilst her house here was built. She came from an abusive background and needed us badly and the wonderful Team Keisha pulled together again for us and raised the funds needed to get her a haven. Sadie and Linda Emmans spent lots of time with her whilst she was there; starting her rehab. She was such a scared girl, she slept a lot, tucked up and hidden away under her duvets. Her main issue was her deep and heartbreaking fear of humans, it's difficult to imagine what you would need to put a dog through to leave them that afraid. We knew she needed a lot of love and kindness and that it would take time to diminish that fear and replace it with a little trust again. After proper assesment at HQ, it was clear that Maisie's issues meant she needed to remain a Sanctuary girl and live with us permanently, she is partnered up with Sammy who is the same cross breed and they compliment eachother really well and she is coming on in leaps and bounds...literally *smiles* Our sweet little girl has been meeting more people and is such a cuddle bug, she is getting braver, cheekier and trusting Joy and others more each day and is really starting to enjoy life again. Slowly does it and this babe will be just fine. 

Here she is with Joy loving some one on one time yesterday.

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One By One Until There Are None

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Helen LLoyd