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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The Dream Becomes Reality Because Of You


They say that when like minded, big hearted people come together anything is possible. Over the past few weeks, that statement has been more than proved as our dream to build a better, bigger home for those that have nowhere else to go has slowly become a happy reality.

New House
The Heartbeat Of The Sanctuary

This winter saw us battered with high winds and floods which caused untold damage to the buildings and land time and time again. We were waterlogged and were in a constant battle to keep the animals dry....with the high winds and constant rain we were literally fighting to stay afloat and the outside play areas for the dogs became unusable. As well as tiring it was all so disheartening having to fork out for the constant running repairs given our tight budget for the planned rebuild. However.....The Sanctuary has the honour of being surrounded by an amazing family that have supported us through thick and thin and thank goodness they believed in our crazy idea that our sanctuary on the hill could be repaired, renewed and rebuilt after the harshest and cruellest of winters ever to hit us and dug in with us to help us rise from the mud to achieve the first phase of our dream and........

Phase One Is Done!

Making the most of the new patio!

This phase cost c20k and has upgraded and newly built housing for 32 SOS and sanctuary dogs. It took us three weekends just to get all the border fencing and perimeter gates up so we could get started but we now have five brand new pack houses, refurbished Rommie houses with new all weather surfaces and play areas and a huge new patio/play area of some 1,500 slabs! The Emu house that had it's roof ripped off in the winds is now refurbished and houses three living areas and serves as a wash room and storage area. We also have a secluded SOS area for highly dog reactive SOS dogs which gives us three much needed secluded spaces with minimal dog traffic. And last but not least the cats have a refurbished summer house and securely fenced and landscaped area along with Duckie the duck and Sammie the seagull.




Each and every one of you who have supported us have made the dream reality and we thank every one of you who gave of your money, your time, your muscle and your hearts from the bottom of ours. Without your continued support none of this would have been possible and it is a deep honour to us that you believe in us enough to help us dream big for those that need us most. If we are your hands, you are our heartbeat.

Phase Two..

The Sanctuary now has a split personality, half amazing and so neat and tidy and half not! So on we forge into Phase Two. This next stage sees the old pig shelter and outside area being ground worked, starting this weekend in readiness for the 400 donated slabs from the amazing Julie Jones being laid. Once the slabs are down the shelter will be converted into 2 pack houses for our current sanctuary packs and they will each have a large play area outside. This then frees up the outbuilding they are in and it will be converted into 6 indoor SOS spaces with new concrete all weather outside areas.

We hope that you will continue to support us through this phase and into phase three in any way you can and yes we need muscle volunteers if you are in the area! 

A New Arrival..

We finish on a sad note today but it's what the new build is all about, having the space to save those that have run out of options, because every life matters.

We have a new kid on the block; Vivi arrives tomorrow and is the victim of horrific sexual abuse and violence. She was saved by a dedicated group of angels. She is completely shut down to the point that all she wants to do is hide away from the world. She is beyond petrified and defacates and urinates when approached. Joy and Dave have created a special area for her in the house where she can be quiet and alone. Joy knows she is in for the long haul with Vivi after everything she has experienced but she is convinced she can help her to feel safe again and that the love of the sanctuary will eventually seep into her damaged heart and teach her that not everyone is bad, she will never be hurt again and she is home now, forever. Welcome beautiful Vivi xx


Please donate if you have anything to spare and keep sharing us so that we can continue to take animals like Vivi into safety. We welcome any fundraising ideas you may have so please do contact us through our website, on Facebook or at the address on the front of this website DONATE

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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