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Here are just some of our Sanctuary Dogs, our wonderful resident woofa's.

These dogs have been given a last chance and have a safe, happy, loving place here with us; this is their forever home at last. We have just over 100 permanent residents some abandoned, some abused, some just thrown away and some pound dogs who simply ran out of time and which we saved by providing a place here with us. Most, if not all have behavioural problems and/or disabilities but that just makes them extra special to us. When possible, they are matched with other dogs and have a wonderful, easy, stress free life here on our hill where they get to be what they need to be....just happy dogs. Rehab is the method but time, trust and love are the keys to these very special kids.

Housing, feeding and caring for them all comes at a hefty price as you can imagine and we continually actively fundraise for them. If you would like to sponsor any of them, even a pound a week would help us to feed and care for them. You can make a donation to either a specific dog from the list below or one you have read about on our blog or facebook pages or you can just send a little something for all of them. Thank you so much for caring x

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Max & Mia
Max & Mia
Marvellous Max and Mia....double the trouble? Hmmm maybe but definitely double the joy and fun! M&M came to us as strangers with their own issues but after careful introduction they are now the best of friends. They share a house, a play area and all aspects of their lives and just love being together. They love walks and zoomies and their days are full of crazy fun and now they have each other they are just happy dogs doing what dogs do. They have their 'quirks' but they are multi handler within the sanctuary and they are just a joy to be around.
Mr Beau Jangles
Mr Beau Jangles
The Beautiful Beau has been with us for 5 years. He was a suspected bait dog with complex issues who had taken many knocks to his head and his body is covered in scars. It was clear he came from cruelty, had been passed around a lot and unsurprisingly he was a bit of a mess. He found his home here with us and has calmed a lot in the of peace of the Sanctuary. He trusts his environment and knows he is safe and won't be hurt or abandoned again and with no demands placed on him he is loving his life simply being a dog
Bow
Bow
We saved Bow from a very bad rescue, he was little more than a pup but was due to be destroyed for biting which was soon explained when we learned he was in pain with hip problems and an untreated ear infection. He went through 2 operations and months of physio and hydro but it was all worth it as he's a healthy happy lad now. He's been with us for 5 years and is just so content and chilled out. He's a total, out and out unashamed cuddle bug who loves nothing more than sunbathing, watching the world go by.
Maisie
Maisie
Our teeny tiny Maisie came to us way back in early 2016 from an abusive background and she was so very scared of humans it was heartbreaking...she used to tuck herself away from the world, curled into a tight ball to protect herself and she slept a lot. She could be 'cheeky' because she was basically crippled by a deep rooted, painful fear that took time to diminish but when she grew to trust and love us she completely came out of her shell. She is a total tomboy now and loves playing in the mud.
Iggle Piggle
Iggle Piggle
Iggypigs was an owner hand in who came to us dog reactive and highly human reactive and it takes months for him to trust someone new but once he loves you he really loves you. And he loves life and finds much amusement in it. Don’t be fooled by that butter wouldn’t melt look, he’s a total joker and a wee terror and when he’s not snuffling in the dirt he adores playing silly games and chase and generally trying to scare people lol. But it’s impossible not to love the bones of him and of course we do.
Blue
Blue
Beautiful Blue came to us in 2019 for rehab for severe human and dog reactivity. His human reactivity has much reduced with his known and trusted handlers but it was not possible for him to safely be in a domestic environment where he would encounter new people so he made his home here with us. We've worked hard on his dog skills and he is now fast friends with another collie, Polly and they live and play next to each other very happily, bouncing and barking and just being typical crazy collies.
Elroy
Elroy
Elroy came to us from rescue with a long bite history in kennels and a home approx 5 years ago. He was a very hyperactive lad who couldn't keep weight on and would make his paws sore because he continually paddled about but with a lot of love and work he has blossomed and is now a much calmer multi-handler and is such a sweet, happy go lucky lad within the Sanctuary environment. He's a gorgeous little lad who adores the staff, his walks and toys and is a real joy to be around.
Dexter
Dexter
Dexter came to us for rehab in early 2018...his problem was severe separation anxiety and he was very insecure which made him a very worried little fella. He was also a total escape artist and would completely, and we mean COMpletely trash his environment. He did really well whilst he was with us, learnt a lot of new skills and left a month later a much happier and secure lad. Unfortunately things didn't work out for him so he now lives with us where he is happy and completely content.
Boomer
Boomer
The lovely Boomer was one of four youngsters who came into the Sanctuary in 2017 and he was right at home and fit perfectly from day one. Of course he had his problems, he was lead reactive and chemically overloaded with OCD tendencies but he worked hard with us and over the years he has flourished into the happy lad he is today. He still has his issues like all of our dogs but he is an absolute pleasure. He loves life, adores the staff, his walks and his toys and would sell his soul for a ball!
Harrypants
Harrypants
Harry is a gorgeous lad who came into us as a 6 year old who needed work with multiple and complex issues. He is an energetic boy, yet very polite. Adores ball games, walks and generally being out and about but he could not be around children or cats and needed to be the only dog in a spaniel experienced home. We surmounted some of his issues but Harry is Harry so he made his home here and has been with us ever since! He is the happiest boy who demands nothing more than a few hundred tennis balls.
Dougie
Dougie
Delightful Dougie Doughnut is a Rottie cross and he is simply adorable. He originally came in from a rescue for rehab for a few months, he was human/stranger reactive especially towards men. He did really well here but Dougie needs to be given space and buffered by his human and sadly when he went home he wasn't kept safe and rather than risk this happening again Dougie came to live here here with us where he is totally multi handler and happy as larry and spends his days smiling and making us smile too.
Jackson
Jackson
Jackson is one of our ‘Go the extra mile dogs’ This is a small group of sanctuary dogs who have varied deep rooted, severe issues which amongst other things make it impossible for them to live in a home. Jackson was crippled by anxiety and lost in the deepest, darkest place but he's now spending more and more time in the field play areas and learning that free play is fun. He’s a gorgeous special lad with special quirks, he likes sandwiches and walks, cream cheese filled Kong’s and lots of toys to keep him busy.
Jade
Jade
Jade is a human reactive Rommie who does not like a change in her pattern one little bit and needs to live within a strict routine surrounded by the same people with no surprises. She is a happy girl who loves nothing more than the chance to sit on a kennel roof top Snoopy style and sing at top volume to the sanctuary. Canine Choir practice is a frequent occurrence and is always instigated by Jade and she’s always, always up for a request. The sanctuary would not be the same without her or her fabulous singing.
Rolo
Rolo
Lovely little Rolo. This wee chap is a constant happy smiler, he came via a rescue to live at the sanctuary a few years ago now due to human/dog reactivity and being unable to cope in a domestic environment. He had his challenges but a few years down the line he happily plays next to the dogs here and keeps us smiling on a rainy cold day. His zest for life is totally infectious, he loves the sanctuary and spends his days out playing with an assortment of other dogs.
Bruce
Bruce
Resident heartthrob Bruce. Bruce is a big happy, gangly boy whose eyes get you from the start and as for the huge paws! Well he just melts your heart. He’s been with us for a long while now because circumstances meant he was unable to live in a home but despite his issues he’s such a special lad. He struggles to maintain weight because he is allergic to lots of foods and can also have trouble with foods that he has previously been OK with but at the moment he is maintaining well and is looking fabulous!
Tibbles
Tibbles
Tibbles is a gorgeous lad who came from rescue with a long bite history and a boot fetish. He was both lead and touch reactive but after long and intense rehab work he’s a different boy and happy in his own skin. He loves a bit of fuss and tumble now without fear triggering him to bite and although getting over the boot fetish took a bit longer giving him loads of wellies to play with all day every day got him there in the end.. although we suspect he still has a partiality for leather knee high...well he is a lad after all!
Gracie
Gracie
Gracie came to us in January 2018 after being ‘discarded’ at the pound....she was such a dead eyed, sad little girl who did not really understand human touch at all and was very nervous of strangers. She had no name, was nine years old, under socialised, underweight and ate every meal put in from of her like it was her last. It was clear she had the most horrible time but fast forward a few years and she loves life, is very relaxed and happy here and we absolutely adore every lovely inch of her.
Bruno
Bruno
Here is our little stunner Bruno. Bruno originally came to us from rescue for rehabilitation and he did really well and left us to venture back into the big wide world but he missed us soooooo much he came back again...for keeps this time. He's a lovely lad but he becomes overwhelmed in a domestic environment and in short he just can’t handle it. It doesn't suit some dogs but Sanctuary life is the life for Bruno and he’s in heaven here with long walks and plenty of stimulation to keep him grounded.
Gabriel
Gabriel
Gabe was about as abused as a dog can get when he was found in Millfield, Sunderland in February 2016. He was literally an emaciated bag of bones with cigarette burns on his face. He recovered but was left with movement and processing disorders which mean he is prone to falling. He is multi handle now and despite his neurological issues and functioning his behaviour is stable enough for anyone to spend time with him. He adores his bones, always has a smile for us and is a much loved part of the sanctuary.
Zeds
Zeds
Zeds is a special lad, he came to us a few years ago from a rescue having been saved from a home. He’s wired, very highly strung and takes specific handling to go on walks, play and to just go through life calmly. He loves having his own space because he’s not into mixing, he loves toys and can trash wood, plastic and hard core items in nano seconds! He’s been through quite a few kennels as he’s a demolition expert and there is pretty much nothing invented outside of a NASA lab that our Zedster can’t destroy.
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper was one of 7 pups found on a rubbish dump in Romania next to their dead mum. He came to the UK with his rescue and although he was tried in homes he could be human reactive and clearly just couldn't cope with a domestic environment so he came to the sanctuary for a safe place to live. Jasper is a typical Rommie with a typical Rommie story where sometimes they just can't cope with domestication and need the freedom of their own living space to be happy. And here with us he truly is.
Gus
Gus
Gus came to us in 2016 after he was found at the side of the road in Spain. He had been severely beaten around the head and his head was a mass of deep wounds which were crawling with maggots. He had a fractured skull and multiple injuries old and new and it was clear he had been the victim of sustained abuse. He was saved and brought to the UK be he has some brain damage which makes him unpredictable so to cut a long story short, he now lives a happy life at the sanctuary where there is no fear and no pain and he is very, very much loved. He's daft as a brush and loves nothing more than sunbathing and watching the world go by.

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