The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary
3 Templemans Ash,
Bridport.
Dorset
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

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Apr
12

Bish, Bash, Beau!

Bish, Bash, Beau!
Update on the gorgeously handsome Mr Beau Jangles.. The Beautiful Mr Beau who falls under Cathy Holding, was saved from being put to sleep and arrived at the sanctuary at the beginning of March. He was a suspected bait dog, he is battle scarred and has got some complex issues. Trying to take a picture of this boy is nigh on impossible as he is like a worm on a major sugar rush! However he has calmed a lot in the of peace at the Sanctuary over the last month and is now enjoying a good fuss and cuddle; so in our eyes he is doing great. His body is covered in the scars of his past but we hoped to be able to heal the scars on his heart by showering him in love and so far it's working. He loves his own toys for the first time it seems and having a play outside, yesterday he was out and about playing again with Sheralyn, lapping up the sunshine whilst chasing his ring toy around the place. He is enjoying affection and settling into himself even more and doing proper doggie play time like a true gentleman. He learned yesterday to swap a treat for his ring when he retrieved it which is great for Mr Beau whose idea of playing previously was run, jump and launch at you! So with steady work and great care he really is coming on great guns and with no demands placed on him; he is loving quite simply being a dog...    Here at the sanctuary we save the dogs that very few others can, please think about making a donation to us today to enable us to save and rehabillitate even more precious souls like Mr Beau Donate
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Mar
16

Joy Speaks From The Heart

Joy Speaks From The Heart
THE 'NOBODY DOGS' AND THE SANCTUARY.. "Danny, I love this lad, he is one of the most difficult cases we are likely to see but I adore his bravery, big heart and soul. Joy x." What are we about other than the obvious? We are a sanctuary, providing forever homes and cherishing animals right through their lives and into their twilight years but we are also the home of the Nobody Dogs. Dogs that somebody had but nobody loved. Dogs that instead of being loved, have been neglected, treated with scorn, subjected to pure evil by those who were meant to care for them. Dogs that have become what has been done to them, what humans have made them; nobodies....frightened, alone, broken and hopeless. When I step out into the sanctuary I see the street dogs, the ex bait dogs, the shut down and traumatised dogs, the reactives and aggressives…tools they reluctantly develop to cope with the lives humans gave them…but over time they DO heal, they DO trust again. Dogs have the most amazing ability to recover but it takes time, a safe house, a home and all the affection that comes with it and together as the sanctuary family we can provide that and make it possible. When a dog comes in you can be sure it breaks your heart, the sadness and scars of the past are painfully apparent but as each day goes by the deadened or scared eyes brighten up a little, the cowering stance straightens up with glimmers of courage, the hiding turns slowly to inquisitiveness again and that is what puts my heart back together enough to keep doing what I am doing, to welcome the next broken soul. I'm not classed as a rescue but I am a rescuer and that is the other side of our sanctuary; a side I rarely speak about….. Several months ago after working in the background and cross posting and networking, I decided there was a huge gap, dogs needed somewhere to recover. The poundies and the failed rescue dogs needed another voice, another OPTION and choice to be able to live and not be put to sleep. To be able to go into a home, some for the first time, some to start over and this is where the idea for the SOS Havens was born. Havens to give a place of safety, a place where...
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