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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  • About Us
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It May Not Be Snowing But It Sure Is Raining Dogs! of the nicest words to hear in rescue next to 'adopted'. We are sure you have all seen rescues posting that they are inundated with dumped dogs at this time of the year and yep it's the same every year at Christmas but this year it seems much worse and the number of pleas seem to have tripled and everyone is full to bursting. Our own Emergency Boarding in Stoke is full and so is the Sanctuary. Joy has so many tags and works hard behind the scenes to network and get dogs to safety but this year it's almost impossible to keep up...there are so many! It's disheartening, exhausting and at times heartbreaking, especially when she has to say no. Just last week she spent hours securing 3 dogs, Gabriel who you already know about, another at risk and high risk boy who we can't tell you about yet but who has been absorbed into the safety of the sanctuary and this lovely lad, abandoned, dumped, alone and living in an old limo in a locked up scrap yard. The new owner of the land won a court battle to get the premises back which he has had for 2 weeks and thank goodness he had been feeding and giving water to the dog but his owner never returned for him. He was reportedly used for security and he did his job but then failed miserably but giving his paw for sausages....what a little heart-breaker. It took some skulduggery to get him out but we were not going to leave him there were we? He has Shanii Le Galloway to thank and he is now safe and on his was to us. His new name is Limmy and we hope that after assessment and any rehab that's needed he will find a forever home next year but for now...welcome home to a bit of comfort and a whole lot of love just in time for Christmas, Limmy x

Please think about your local rescue, shelter, kennels, sanctuary at this time of really is the hardest of times for us. Anything you can do to help is so very much appreciated from donating goods (food, treats, toys, blankets etc) or money to volunteering for walks and chores. Anything and everything you can do, no matter how small can make life just a little bit easier for the animals we help and us too. Thank you x

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