Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy finding out more about Chaldon Animal Sanctuary.
Who are we?
Jacky Miles & myself, Liz Underwood are the founders of Chaldon Animal Sanctuary. Sadly Jacky died in Feb 2011 but I am continuing our lifetime work as Jacky's living legacy.
What does Chaldon Animal Sanctuary do?
It is a home for life, a permanent sanctuary for dogs and cats. Life-long care is provided for animals abused, mistreated, rescued from cruelty, & in particular pets due to be put down who have run out of other chances. It is not a re-homing centre.
Where are we?
In Chaldon in Surrey, down a little country lane. The Sanctuary is run from home and has approx 3 acres of land for the animals.
When & how did it all begin?
Jacky & I were both involved with animals & rescue / re-homing all our lives. Jacky was a fosterer and I was a vet nurse and we joined forces through our friendship in 1981. For the next 10 years, we worked on re-homing over 200 dogs & cats that came our way, although even at that early stage, the most traumatised or troublesome pets would stay with us for life. For more of a potted history, please read our April 2011 newsletter on how it all began.
How did it grow?
When we moved to Chaldon in 1991, we had the space to concentrate our efforts in one direction and this progressed into us taking in the worst cases. With our joint experience it was a logical step to focus on those troubled pets that are not suitable for re-homing due to age, behavioural problems or with unpredictable temperament through previous hardships they have suffered. They stay here where they feel safe, loved, happy and are respected.
There are many very good rehabilitation and re-homing places but we filled a gap for those that were often refused space in kennels or catteries dues to the difficulties with their temperament or behaviour. We are approached by friends, word of mouth, other rescue groups and our Veterinary Surgery have all asked us to take pets that have been labelled un-homeable.
Just dogs & cats?
When we moved to Chaldon and had the space to expand, we had outside animals too, also saved from slaughter, being abandoned or abused. For the next 18 years we enjoyed having goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and a couple of cows...you get the idea !! These we stopped taking in when Jacky’s health deteriorated and now they have died of old age.
Chaldon Animal Sanctuary is non profit, non breeding and has a non euthanasia policy. It is a privately run independent good cause. If you wish to visit, which you are welcome to do but by appointment only please ( in case I'm at the vets, wholesalers etc )
The dogs & cats live life the same as your dog or cat - indoors, not in kennels or catteries, there is no point having a family and then shutting them outside. The dogs have two walks a day with me, in our field and woods plus plenty of pottering on our land.
Our cats use the cat flaps to go in and out as and when they chose to. The bungalow is full of cat & dog beds, they have more furniture than humans,.. that’s as it should be as there’s more of them than me!
Chaldon supporters can see where their donations go, where the money is spent and it’s not on smart cars, fancy offices or holidays. Of course the upkeep of the bungalow, our home has to be maintained but that is for all of us, human & furry. The sanctuary is home, I live here and don’t have 9 - 5 hours and go home at the end of the day.
There is no doubt whatsoever that without our supporters, Chaldon Animal Sanctuary would not have been able to continue. It is entirely due to each and every individual friend of the sanctuary that Jacky and I have been able to make a difference to so many pets lives over the years, turning sad faces into happy ones. From all of us, our thanks for your help.
I hope you enjoy a look round the site which is now accessible on computers/tablets/mobiles/androids etc.
Follow the links below to read our newsletters about life here, have a look in the photo galleries to meet some of the furry family or to find more information - how to help, donate, sponsor etc.
“Since we humans have the better brain, isn’t it our responsibility to protect our fellow creatures from, oddly enough, ourselves?” Joy Adamson
With grateful thanks
from all our animals
Hello and welcome.
Chaldon Animal Sanctuary
Saving one pets life won’t change the world - but it will make a world of difference to that one pet.