“Not all dogs can find peace in a ‘normal’ home and it would be unfair to place them there but sanctuary living suits them and gives them the freedom to live the lives they need.”
The sanctuary is home to just over 100 dogs and the dogs we take in here have wide ranging, in depth issues. We have the S.O.S Rehab dogs obviously that come for short stays but the Sanctuary dogs are forever home dogs, they are with the sanctuary for life and the sanctuary IS their home. Our dogs are dogs that ran out of options, a large percentage of them were PTS cases and they ran out of options for a reason. The vast majority of dogs we have taken in are scarred inside and out, traumatised, brain damaged, disabled, victims of cruelty, chain dogs, ex fighting or bait dogs, sexual and physical abuse and cruelty cases etc. Many of them have bite histories and they simply do not and will not ever fit into the domestic world. We can and do of course rehabilitate dogs, occasionally enough to send them back out into exactly the right, carefully chosen environment but most can only be rehabilitated enough to live a happy life here with us, for their safety and the safety of others.
“The word 'Sanctuary' means a 'safe place' which is exactly what it is for the dogs that for whatever reason can't cope with the outside world. It may appear to the inexperienced eye that they seem stable and balanced but the reality is that for those dogs a sanctuary space is essential for them to be who they are meant to be and not have to fit into domestic life with all the pressures that brings.”
We are aware it can be difficult to envisage what life is like at the sanctuary but we can assure you it's not a prison sentence, kennel life is not a bad life in fact it's what many of the dogs we take prefer and how they thrive. All of our dogs get lots of time out of their kennels, time to play and to walk, the chance to kick back in the sun chilling, to career around, to climb and jump, chew and play ball. We don't just take on a dog for life to stuff it in a kennel with no interaction and tick the saved box; we work hard to achieve the best quality of life possible for each and every dog here and we find everyone's happy spot, whatever form that may take or however long and difficult the journey to get there. The Sanctuary is not an end to life or a bad life, it's an alternative life and in fact a lifeline and new start to life for many and we strive to make it a happy, loving and fun life. People envisage the dogs here and can only imagine their days, but time spent, play, exercise, fun and a loving touch is what makes our dogs happy and that makes us happy.
This is their home and...It's A Dogs Life!