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
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From The Heart
The 'Nobody Dogs' and the sanctuary
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Loving Archie To Distraction

Sometimes acceptance and a kennel is the key which unlocks the fear and opens the door to happiness...

Hello, Archie here with an update for all the lovely people who stopped to read my story and cared enough to help.

I am only a baby really and due to my issues I was going to be put to sleep at 9 months. I was saved from that fate by Donna of Marleys Rescue and I was fostered and even adopted but I couldn't cope because my anxiety was too strong and I did things that I shouldn't to myself and others. Even though I didn't want to, I hurt myself and I just felt bad all the time. I chased and bit my tail, I chewed my legs and I bit people. I spent every hour of the day anxious and scared and I didn't know what to do with myself....I was so unhappy and my body hurt; I was broken and just wanted to feel better and be better.

Two weeks ago, Auntie Donna signed me over to the Sanctuary for a last chance and here I am today, still finding my feet but even now so much happier than I was.

It may seem strange to you but I love being in a kennel and it helps me to deal with and get away from my separation anxiety, Auntie Joy says that this happens a lot with dogs like me...we are just happier in our kennels because we find the home environment too stressful. I am still settling in but I am less scared and have not hurt myself much at all since I have been here. I keep myself very busy with all the cool things I have in my home, I have toys and balls and ropes and tyres to chew and chuck about in my own little activity centre and I don't feel the need to chase my tail or bite my legs as much when I have so many things to distract me. I'm enjoying the goings on in the yard here and it's fun to sit and watch what everyone is doing. There are so many things to see and hear here and I have so many friends to talk to; I never feel alone and that makes me so much safer and happier. I've also been enjoying cuddles, fuss and games with Auntie Joy who says she is very proud of me because I have been so chilled and have not bitten or even nipped her once. She says it's early days but I am loved and accepted here for who and what I am and together we will help me be the very, very best I can be.

Auntie Joy and I asked for help as due to the urgency of my situation I came into the sanctuary fast and unfunded. I needed some kind sponsors and lots of toys too, as Auntie Joy said that teddies, chews and bones would help to distract me and as you can see the response was fantastic. I now have a couple of wonderful aunties and uncles who love and help me from afar in the form of sponsorship and I have been sent so many amazing toys and chews from aunties and uncles who shopped for me on my wishlist. And the most amazing news of all! Thanks to so many people donating for me, I am on my way to having enough money to fund my very own new house!


Thank you so much for loving me and caring enough to help me. I hope I can continue to make you proud...I promise to keep trying my very best.

Love and licks, Archie x

Archie's need for toys and teddies and bones and chews etc is ongoing so please do take a look at his things on the wishlist, anything you buy him is so very gratefully received and lovingly destroyed!


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