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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In Memory And For The Love Of Nala

Some of you will remember Nala..

Nala was the little girl we agreed to take because no one else would touch her because of her issues. She had run out of time and was going to be put to sleep that day. We scrambled and arranged to move her to emergency boarding until we could make space for her at the Sanctuary and her last chance at a new start. Very sadly Nala's owner didn't wait for us and despite knowing that everything had been put in place and that she had a place with us, transport etc, she had Nala put to sleep. This was done without our knowledge and we were devastated as were all the others in the chain of rescue who worked so hard to secure her. Her loss just seemed so pointless and she was so close to being saved that it hit us really hard. So hard that we wanted to do something to remember her and of course the best thing would be to save another 'at risk' dog with complex issues, one like Nala that had little chance otherwise. And so that is just what we have memory and for the love of Nala, in comes Bruce who will fill the space we had created for her..



Bruce came to us from A Dogs Tale Rescue and Shannon Louise who had been trying to secure Nala. He is very scared of the world and has guarding issues due to an awful home break-in where he and the other household dog were attacked. Bruce is animal friendly but can be human aggressive when fearful and due to his high state of alert he is a vulnerable lad that needs special handling and constant reassurance and a world that protects him. Bruce had not had the best start in life and was neglected from a pup, left in the garden with little food and water. The kind neighbour fed him under the fence and he eventually dug his way into her garden so in the end she just took him in. "He has always been scared but is a lovely boy when you gain his trust and he needs lots of cuddles. His favourite treat is to sit next to you when peeling spuds as he loves the peel. He also likes tea with one sugar. He likes other dogs and will play all day. It took about 3 months for him to trust me and when he did he didn't leave my side." Sadly after the break in everything changed and Bruce developed deep anxieties and complex issues.


He arrived at the Sanctuary earlier this week and Joy has an early days update: "Bruce is struggling in the kennel, he is scared and worried all the time unless I am with him so tonight he is coming indoors. He is generally just so fearful and worries all the time which it seems is not so much about the location as being near someone. I am hoping if he is indoors, upstairs with me at night it will help him to feel more secure. He has shown no aggression what so ever so far, just acute and crippling fear so that may be why he is struggling as he has no outlet for his fear. Hopefully indoors he will feel safe again and can hide out a bit. We will get there, we just have to try different things for him until he is happy and then we can begin to address his behaviours."


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Sleep tight sweet little Nala...we are so sorry we were not given the opportunity to love you but through you another was saved x


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