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Safe at Last

Our Animal Sanctuary is located in Derbyshire and is home to many animals.  We do what’s needed to give every pet a chance at a healthy, happy life in a loving home. Our emergency pet rescue service offers help and assistance 365 days of the year. We provide permanent homes for animals that can’t be re-homed through our Pet Adoption service. Our wildlife rescue service in Derbyshire operates throughout the year to help rehabilitate injured wildlife, birds and hedgehogs brought into St Bernards Animal Sanctuary.

Dogs, cats, goats, ponies, wildlife, farm animals, horses, ponies. How did it all begin? The roots to the sanctuary were planted just after the second world war by a Sheffield man called Colin Bentley.

Colin nursing a piglet

He’d been in the Medical Corp and was sickened by the carnage in North Africa and Italy. While he was horrified by human suffering, he was also haunted by the plight of the animals, especially the horses and mules who were killed in their thousands. After being badly injured in battle, he was sent home from the war and went on to help and save many animals during the rest of his life. His daughter Joan shared her father’s passion and love of animals and devoted her life to rescuing and campaigning for them too. She founded the Pet Samaritans and St Bernards Animal Sanctuary and Wildlife Rescue. In 2013 she was awarded the Peak FM local heroes award for her work with the local community and animal welfare.

Local hero award
Joan accepting her award for services to the local community

Joan was prolific writer all her life and wrote a number of published books, articles and poetry, often about animals.

Over the years the sanctuary has evolved to become Derbyshire’s busiest Wildlife Rescue centre opening 7 days a week for wildlife admissions. Today, the Pet Samaritans continue Joan’s good work and adopt her motto “Safe at Last” for the animals that need us. Our aim is to campaign and provide a safe place for animals and wildlife in need of care and provide a home for life if they cannot be re-homed or released back into the wild.

We receive no state funding and rely entirely on a team of pet lovers, volunteers and your generosity to keep going. Find out how you can get involved and help the animals today.