Every year hundreds of animals become homeless for many reasons.

Our mission is to locate and rescue abandoned or homeless animals around the country and provide a better life for them. Just like human beings they need love, care, ย and of course they also need a safe caring home.

Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary provides a safe haven, and a caring environment for any animal we find in need.

We have a large number of long term residents at Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary as well as a very busy re-homing centre which operates as Bildershaw Animal Rescue.

We are entirely staffed by volunteers and funded by donations.

Our registered charity (Friends of Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary – No.1153233) co-ordinates fund-raising and provides support for for our volunteers and fundraisers.

Our very active team of fundraisers organise many varied events to support us.

Details of future planned events can be found by clicking on our Events page in the website menu.

A number of companies, schools and individuals have Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary as their charity of choice. This support is really appreciated and links to their websites can be found at the bottom of this page.

Success Stories

Who We Are

Kevin Plummer, together with his team of volunteers, has dedicated his life to Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary for over 11 years.

With the assistance and support of his dedicated support team Kevin aspires to revamp the entire 15 acre Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary site. He will work towards making it accessible for local people to visit whilst maintaining, and where possible improving, the quality of life of all of the resident animals.

There is also an active re-homing function on site for rescued domestic pets. Cats, kittens, rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, rats, even chickens!

Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary is only able to function through the kind donations received from the general public. These could be something as simple as dropping an extra tin of cat food into one of our donation bins, or by making cash donations. These donations enable us to pay for those things that people don’t always think about like hay and straw, electricity, or for our large vet bills every month.

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What a fantastic day for Darlington Carnival. Anne and Heather are looking after our fund raising stall bathed in sunshine. Donโ€™t get too sunburned ladies! Pop along and see them along with the other stall holders in Stanhope Park in front of QE College.
If you cannot get along to visit then you can still support us by visiting bildershaw-animal-rescue.com/donate #kayshill #kayshillanimalsanctuary #charity #animalsanctuary #donate @ Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College
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Enjoying life at Kays Hill.
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And the odd donkey.
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Happy ponies.
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Contact Us

Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary
Stonehouse Chapel
West Auckland
Bishop Auckland
DL14 9PL



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