Snowdonia Animal Sanctuary is based in Capel Garmon, near Betws-y-Coed, in the beautiful North Wales countryside of the Snowdonia National Park.
We are a registered non-profit making organisation, we are self-funded and rely totally on donations and the hard work of our wonderful volunteers.
We are also a registered boarding kennels, but our main vocation is the rehabilitation and rehoming of dogs who exhibit some form of challenging behaviour. We have successfully rehabilitated dogs deemed too challenging to be rehomed by the RSPCA, local authorities, many other rescue organisations and the police.
We also rescue and rehome dogs who have no serious issues, but their owners can no longer keep them due to personal circumstances or they are next in line to be put to sleep by local authorities.
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 rehomed with a suitable owner and in a suitable environment.
The Snowdonia Animal Sanctuary was incorporated as a registered non-profit making organisation in July 2010. Previous to that, we had been taking in dogs for re-homing since 2002. However, the number of requests for re-homing and rehabilitation work dramatically increased, resulting in a massive drain on Anne’s financial resources.
The sanctuary is run from a licensed boarding kennels. Initially, the profits from the kennels covered the upkeep of the few dogs in rehome 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.
A tiny minority of people have disagreed with our philosophy of only rehoming 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 rehoming/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.