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 Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary

Read our news and views and keep up to date with the day to day life of the animals on our 'sleepy' hill in Dorset

Today We Lost Our Lion

We healed Hugo's heart but today losing him broke ours... Today we lost our beautiful boy Hugo...a majestic lad with the heart and pride of a lion. He had developed an air block in his stomach overnight as a secondary issue and we sadly had to let him go over rainbow bridge this morning. Saved by Nicola Brooks-Belcher and Simon Belcher of Last Hope from a life on a chain he moved to The Sanctuary earlier this year for his forever home. Forever was sadly so short a time with us but he is so loved and leaves a big whole in the hearts of Nic, Simon, Joy and everyone who ever met him. Hugo was saved from his life on a chain and he was doing well in rescue but then started to shut down as some dogs do and he needed help but he was too volatile and damaged for a domestic home. Given his past and reactions, his options were also severely limited and there was simply no where else for him to go so we agreed to give him a place of his own here at the Sanctuary. We needed to buy him a new house and thanks to Nicola, Claire Marsh and Last Hope Rescue's amazing Supporters, Moz Kingston and Doods Place Rehoming Page members, Pat Myers, Sally Cottrell, Sally Marie Crocker, Lucy Bastafield and Carole Haskins of The Team Keisha Fund Raising Group and their amazing supporters and a very good friend who also donated, Hugo got his home here with us where he would be treasured for the rest of his days. This lad needed some time to wind down, and readjust to a new way of living in a house, with food, warmth and things of his own which was a massive culture shock from living on a chain with nothing, not even a house or shelter and took time to adapt to and then relish and enjoy. A sanctuary life for Hugo meant he had his own warm and cosy den, a relaxed happy home and safety forever for the rest of his life. He had all the time he needed to heal from the damage the world had done to him and to be safe whilst he learned a new life and a new way of being. His first week was a quiet one, settling into his den, taking in the yard goings on and...
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