Thank you for your interest in the Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary.
Since we opened in April 1996 we have found caring homes for an average of 20 animals each week (over 7000 to date). They come from many sources; some are abandoned, others come to us because their owners have to go into care, some due to marital breakups, moving abroad, and others are unclaimed animals from pounds throughout Northern Ireland. We accept as many as possible, but as we have a strict NO KILL policy, our kennels are always full – over 70 dogs and 60 cats, as well as unwanted litters of puppies and kittens and various other small animals. They are secure in the sanctuary until another home is found.
Many of the animals need immediate veterinary care on admission; this contributes considerably towards our vet bill which is over £50,000 per year (despite local vets offering us reduced rates) – with food and other bills being similarly high.
All animals homed over the age of 6 months are spayed or neutered, with follow up procedures for younger animals, and all dogs and puppies homed form the sanctuary receive microchip identification which helps return stray animals to their rightful owner. We must raise £14,000 each month to keep our doors open. All administration is done by volunteers in their own home.
To keep the sanctuary open we must have a reliable income which will provide a secure future for all animals. The ways in which you can help are available on the right menu.
They include an opportunity to sponsor a kennel or one of our long term residents, which, through no fault of their own, have failed to be selected by anyone looking for a suitable pet.
The most effective way you can help is to pay a regular amount into our account each month, thus saving the need for a receipt.
You may also be wish to join the volunteers yourself – they are a friendly crowd of caring individuals who are an essential part of what we do. To find out about becoming a volunteer click here.