The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary
3 Templemans Ash,
DT6 5NX.

"Volunteers are not paid....not because they are worthless but because they are priceless."


Who wouldn't want to spend thier day off surrounded by dogs needing cuddles? We have such a mix of dogs with various issues at the sanctuary who have lifelong places with us in the safety of our grounds and we adore every single one of them but it can be hard to give each of them the attention they deserve every day. What they need is some special people with time to spare to come and sit and spend quality time with them, an hour or so or longer each week ideally. People like Louise Chambers and her mum who are both pictured with thier nominated packs. Apparently it was mutual love at first sight and mum and daughter are coming up regularly to groom and generally make a fuss of some very lucky dogs. Louise said "I loved it! Can't wait to come back!" and we think the dogs agreed!

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It's not all just about cuddles and we have others that love walks and play time or quiet company and would love some new play mates..

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If this is your idea of heaven and if you have the time, patience and love to give to be a buffer to the world for these guys until they learn to trust humans again then The Sanctuary is the place for you and a little bit of your time could make such a huge difference in the lives of these very special souls who deserve all the love they can get. 

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Over 150 animals call The Sanctuary their home and we always need practical help as well as fundraising and admin volunteers. In fact volunteers in general are vital to us and the animals. Whether it be hands on or fundraising etc, whatever you can do will help us and we NEED YOU!

If you share our dedication and passion for giving animals a better life please register your interest by filling out the form and we will get back to you as soon as the woofa's allow!

*Please note: We can only accept Volunteers on site who are aged 18 or over.

Volunteer Form

Your time is truly the most valuable thing you can give x

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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