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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SOS Waterlogged Woofa's! Drowning Sanctuary Launches Appeal

Today we launch our fundraising for The BIG BUILD.

It's a massive task, we have a lot of money to raise and we know it's not going to be easy but the weather this year has now made it imperative that we get it done and we get it done fast!

FloodingThe Sanctuary is currently waterlogged and we are barely managing to keep the animals dry....with the high winds and constant rain we are literally fighting to stay afloat! We are under 8 inches of water in some areas and the outside play areas for the dogs are now unusable.

We are used to dealing with wintry conditions but this year has been horrendous, the wettest since records began. Our part of the country remains on Amber Flood Alert and we still have the rest of the winter to survive. This is the worst we have ever seen and we are busier than ever due to so many animals needing sanctuary.

We need your help!

What ever you can spare will be greatly appreciated and every penny goes directly to helping the animals in our care. We need to weatherproof some existing buildings and rebuild nearly an acres worth of hamlet style housing onto one area of half acre raised concrete.The bottom line is, we need to raise £100k in time to start the build when the weather improves.

The build costs comprise:

  • £45k for Groundwork's, Concreting and Drainage
  • £40k for 18 Purpose Built Pack and SOS Houses
  • £15k for Electrics, Heating and Second Fit.

The build will see all the dogs going undercover and any existing housing will be upgraded. We have 80 dogs to get under cover, 90 if we include temporary residents and we will be building an ISO unit, treatment room, wash room and all weather play areas.

The FloodThe build will also include top level security, heating and lighting and will also add a further 8 SOS Spaces bringing us up to 20 in all which will help so many dogs, now and in the years to come who would otherwise have nowhere left to go.

We have the acreage, the know how, the dedication and the passion....we now just need the funds but we simply can't do it without your help...we are a registered charity and boy do we need charity now.

Please donate if you can and share our appeal so that we can continue to take animals into safety and welcome any fundraising ideas you may have so please contact us through our website, on facebook or at the address below.

The Sanctuary's PayPal is:

Cheques payable to:

BSAS and posted to J Keys. 3 Templemans Ash, Bridport, Dorset. DT6 5NX

Bank Transfer to: Natwest, BSAS, Sort Code: 60-06-24 Acc No: 36564737

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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