The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary 3 Templemans Ash, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 5NX Registered Charity No 1152016

"One By One Until There Are None"
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"One By One Until There Are None"

We are The Birkett~Smith Animal Sanctuary and we are a rarity in the UK as we are the largest sanctuary to take in both human and dog aggressive dogs and rehabilitate them.

We are one of the the very few UK sanctuaries that will take aggressive and fear aggressive dogs and we rehabilitate these animals as much as we can over time to enable them to enjoy their forever home here with us or to go back out into the world with new skills.

We provide forever homes for just over 100 dogs, a few cats and some farm animals including sheep, horses, geese and chickens.

As well as giving sanctuary and rehab to our own dogs we offer unique short to medium term rehabilitation spaces for UK rescues and privately owned dogs who are seeking a place of safety and rehab for behaviourally affected dogs who are suffering with various issues whether these be human, environment or animal directed.

We are unique in a number of ways, not least of which is the fact we are a farm sanctuary and we have sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, a goat and horses.

All of these animals are involved in rehabilitating the dogs that come through our rehab centre and are used to helping out. Our permanent sanctuary dogs get to play their part also by acting as stooges, walking partners, calming influences etc.

We give them all jobs to do and keep them busy with an enriched day and it's fabulously fun and the kids who live here, whether permanently or temporarily don't miss out on anything including buckets of love and plenty of playtime.

"One By One Until There Are None"
"If you have received love from an animal in your life then you are very lucky. Give back a little to this fantastic charity and see what YOU can do to make a huge difference. Love, shelter, healthcare and food. What an amazing gift you can give. Do it today. Thank you so much."

"One By One Until There are None"

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What Our Supporters Say
"Joy has helped me with dogs, pigeons and a pig! Offering lifelines when hope for these animals was in very short supply. A more dedicated and hard working lady you'd struggle to find".

Jill Griffiths

"I searched high and low for help for our dog - tried all the husky rescues to no avail- but Joy was there for me when most needed. There is simply no other place in the country that has the knowledge and courage to do this work. An incredible and wonderful sanctuary".

Wendy Green

"Tirelessly dedicated to rehabilitating dogs with expertise and kindness. This is the rescue that other rescues turn to. They have my admiration and absolute support"

Carolyn Smith

"Joy and her trusty team are amazing working with the most fearful, shutdown animals you have ever seen. Her life is dedicated to helping these poor souls however long it takes...One Amazing Place".

Julie Jones

"I don’t have the words to extol the virtues of Joy Keys and all at Birkett-Smith enough. They changed our lives, and make miracles happen every day".

Muna Nageh

"They help when there really is no other options , have good success rate and for those that can't find a sofa of their own give them a home for life that fits the dogs needs...And are lovely people too".

Gill Atkins

Please visit our Amazon wishlist...with over 100 dogs, treats and toys are always an extra and are welcomed with very waggy tails!


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