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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Positions Available...Come join our team..


The Sanctuary has a position available for an ANIMAL CARE APPRENTICE - LEVEL 1 and 2 COURSE FUNDING COVERED including Haddons Training. 16-18 Years. 37 Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. We are happy to accommodate off site learning - day release. We are seeking applicants with a love for animals, especially dogs and wishing to fulfil an apprenticeship to launch an animal care based career. The role will be mainly outside working and is an active role with the various animals including daily care, cleaning, grooming enrichment and time spent. Applicants need to be 16 - 18 years of age, based locally to Broadwindsor in Dorset and have a means of transport as we are in a rural position. Please send a CV in the first instance to or contact us HERE for further information.

With so many animals we always need practical help and volunteers are vital to us. If you share our dedication and passion for giving animals a better life please get in touch. We have acres and acres of wonderful countryside to enjoy and a wide variety of jobs including walking, grooming, food prep, grounds maintenance, gardening or even just play or quiet company. Whatever you can do, whatever time you can spare we NEED YOU!

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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