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

Holding Out For A Hero

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What it means to be a volunteer according to Harry...and a bit from Auntie Sandra... Hello, my name is Harry and I am one of many dogs who call the Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary home. I am here because I am not good with other dogs and my issues meant that there was nowhere else for me to go. I am one of the lucky ones because even though I couldn't be 'fixed' I am accepted here....I am safe, I am loved and no one can hurt me. Here, my friends and I are protected from the world and we are allowed to live out our days in peace but it does sometimes get lonely. I have my mum Joy at the sanctuary of course and I know she loves me a lot but she is really busy helping so many like me and it's hard for her to fill our days as she would want to all on her own. We have walks and playtime and daily cuddles but we are many in number and lots of us live in kennels, so when mum told me that YOU had volunteered and were coming to play ball with me today, that you were coming to see just ME today and spend some time with just me today it made me feel so special and loved. I waited and waited for what seemed like hours and when I saw you and you spoke to me and looked deep into my eyes I was so happy that I couldn't wag my tail fast enough! My eyes sparkled back at you and I smiled and danced on my paws when you said we could go to the paddock and play ball. Playing ball is what I love to do best and the fact that you knew that made you even more wonderful and as I ran and jumped I thought I had never been happier! For you, my hero I jumped higher and ran faster, doing my best to show you how much it meant and how my heart was full to bursting with the sheer joy of being with just you. All too soon it was over and we had to say goodbye but as I went happily back to my kennel I thought that you must have been an angel because that hour that you gave me was heaven, those 60 precious minutes were...
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One By One Until There Are None

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