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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  • Happy Beginnings
  • Realising A Dream
  • From The Heart

Re-United: Two Hearts That Beat As One


Kindred Spirits..


 Some of you will have seen our lad Fraser who came to us in April this year; Fraser was 'at risk' on Facebook and needed a rescue space. A dog trained by his owner to be an "attack dog"...incorrectly it would seem as it all went wrong and Fraser turned on him. The result was that he was banished to live outside where he had a tether area and some shelter but was living without love and was un-socialised with humans. Last Hope Rescue offered him safety and our good friend Gaynor Forman kindly went to assess him at his 'home' and had before her a very scared and highly reactive, snarling, crazy lad that would not even allow her into his space. After discussion with Gaynor it was decided that Fraser needed more than a rescue, he needed sanctuary...he needed us. We had minimal time to get him moved for obvious reasons and for safety we sent in a handler to collect him. He was so aggressive when he arrived he required sedation to unload him and move him into his space, something only the worst affected dogs need and something we only use as a last resort and it didn't bode well. However Fraser surprised us all by loving Sanctuary life and once he was taken out of the toxic environment he had been existing in and was treated with love, kindness and made to feel safe he very quickly became a different dog.

 But that wasn't the end of the story........we knew we had left one behind and we couldn't rest...Through Gaynor we knew that Fraser had lived with a gorgeous female dog who also lived outside and had little human interaction and was also highly un-socialised. She was totally human scared and crawled on her belly through fear and none of us could bare the thought of her remaining in that situation. So with thanks to Gaynor who linked in with the owner and worked really hard, we managed, eventually to get her released to us. Her name is China and she arrived home to us on the 6th of June. We put her straight in next to Fraser and he was beyond excited to be re-united with her but although she recognised him instantly she remained fearful and hid in her bed, just wanting the ground to swallow her up. 

We kept her quiet for a while to let her settle in before we showed her to you....isn't she beautiful....

​She is doing well and with careful work, a lot of love and Fraser's help she is slowly inching forward and leaving some of her fear behind. In just two months she has come a long way and will now come out of her bed to greet Joy and even give a little wag and the flicker of a smile. Fraser is the braver of the two and clearly her buffer to life. In turn Joy is Fraser's buffer, he is a one handler boy and he simply cannot cope with anyone else being near him at the moment but he is doing so well on a one to one basis and Joy can interact with him and sit and cuddle him in his kennel.

 So between the three of them, both of these gorgeous but damaged beauties have buffers in a chain reaction scenario and we are hoping in time Fraser will be able to accept new people without going into defence mode. And although that is a way off yet as are cuddles for China from other people, together they are moving forward, and side by side they face things together and are looking ahead to thier new happy future. Kindred spirits who are so happy to have found each other again. Two halves of a heart put back together, tucked into the warmth of the sanctuary and home at last.

One By One Until There Are None

Breaking Hobo's Chains....
Bridge Of Treats

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