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About Us

The Snowdonia Animal Sanctuary became a registered non-profit making organisation in July 2010. Previous to that, we had been taking in dogs for re-homing since 2002; we are dedicated to making sure the animals in our care get the best life we can give them.  We believe that no animal deserves to suffer and we pride ourselves on the care and love that our animals get from our dedicated team of volunteers.

We are a registered boarding kennels and cattery as well as a rescue centre.  Our main vocation is the rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs who show challenging behaviour.  We have successfully rehabilitated dogs deemed too challenging to be re-homed by the RSPCA, local authorities, many other rescue organisations and the police.  We also rescue and re-home dogs whose owners can no longer keep them due to personal circumstances. We do not believe in destroying healthy dogs (we do not consider dogs exhibiting symptoms of stress, aggression, fear, etc to be unhealthy), and have successfully rehabilitated dogs of many breeds to the point where they can be re-homed with a suitable owner and in a suitable environment.

The sanctuary is run from a licensed boarding kennels. Initially, the profits from the kennels covered the upkeep of the few dogs in re-homing and rehabilitation, but now we rely on donations to cover the cost of food, care and treatment. Anne is also aware that without the support of her dedicated and loyal team of volunteers, none of this work would be possible.

Anne has had great success with rehabilitating dogs who have been emotionally shattered and seriously physically abused or neglected. Some of the most severe cases, as well as a few who are too old or disabled to re-home, have remained with Anne as resident dogs.

Our philosophy is to only re-home dogs into homes, and with people, where we feel that there is a good chance of a successful, long-term relationship developing. This, added to the fact that we take in a lot of dogs who have been emotionally and psychologically traumatised, means that we do not have a high turnover of dogs, so we make very little money from re-homing/adoption donations.

Anne and the volunteers work tirelessly to exercise, train, socialise and rehabilitate all the dogs several times each day. However, a constant stream of donations and people willing to re-home these dogs, instead of buying directly from breeders, is critical for the continuing care, welfare, rehabilitation and re-homing of the animals in our care.