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Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of animals in Northern Ireland. Founded in 1996, our team of volunteers is now responsible for the care of over 100 animals daily. We specialize predominantly in equine rescue and rehabilitation, but also care for dogs, cats, birds, small animals, farm animals, and more when required.

Our mission is to provide a safe haven for animals in need, and to promote education around animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. We have a dedicated volunteer network that helps us care for the animals. Responsible for over 100 animals daily we are passionate about helping animals in need. Visit our website to learn more about our mission and how you can help us make a difference.

We strive to provide and promote the care and protection of all animals by offering a place of safety to those in need, rehoming those with the potential for a fulfilling life outside the Sanctuary, and educating owners and future generations about the value of animal welfare, again with a focus on Equines.

Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary is a registered charity situated close to Antrim in Northern Ireland. The sanctuary has been a registered charity since 1996 and is primarily focused on the welfare of horses and ponies in Northern Ireland.

We provide volunteering opportunities, work experience, Animal Assisted Therapy, Education. 

Our Rescue and Rehabilitation work is dedicated to giving all animals a second chance. Whether old or young our volunteers are passionate about helping animals of all ages and backgrounds, including those with health and behavioural issues. We strive to give these animals a safe and comfortable environment to recover and live out their lives in peace. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing a safe and loving home for all animals in need whether they are with us for a short time before finding a home of their own or with us a lifetime; calling the sanctuary their permanent home.

Crosskennan Lane offers exciting volunteer opportunities for all ages and experience levels. Volunteers have the chance to learn about a variety of our resident animals, including horses, dogs, cats, and chickens. The educational opportunities can vary, but all volunteers will gain hands-on experience with the animals and learn about their care and wellbeing. All volunteers will have the chance to gain essential knowledge and referenced experience caring for animals. Opportunities vary and when and where possible are tailored to the needs of the volunteer.

Our Animal Assisted Therapeutic Activities provide hands-on learning experiences with our resident rescue animals. Through Equine Assisted Learning and other activities, we provide the opportunity for people to benefit from our rescue animals as they help them grow and develop. Our Animals Helping People program has been proven to help, with our rescue animals being integral in providing a safe and supportive environment that encourages growth and healing.

Registered Charity (Northern Ireland): NIC 104 028

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Get In Contact



Write to us at:
Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary
26 Crosskennan Lane,
County Antrim
BT41 2QY

About Us

Our Story

Once upon a time there were two horses called Kim and Candy. Sadly that was where the fairytale ended. Their story is the story of Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, or at least the beginnings of it. The failure of the animal welfare system in Northern Ireland to look after Kim and Candy prompted us to apply for charitable status in 1996.

How Can We Help?

Need some help or have a question?


Check out our frequently asked questions page where your will find the most common queries we get asked and our answers. 

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What's Happening?

From adoption events to fundraisers to educational programs, there is something for everyone! Our upcoming events are listed on our website, so be sure to check it out for the latest information

Want to learn more?

Our News section is the place to stay up to date on all the latest happenings at the Sanctuary. Here, you'll find stories about the animals we've rescued, our latest fundraising initiatives, and our success stories from our adopters.


To relieve the suffering and distress of animals in need of care and protection by reason of sickness, neglect or maltreatment, by establishing and maintaining a sanctuary for such animals.
To advance the education of the general public in the proper care of animals.

It is proposed that these objectives are achieved by providing:-

  • An assessment of the animals mental and physical condition involving veterinary advice

  • Physical and mental rehabilitation of the animals.

  • Identify suitable homes and match animals accordingly.

  • Provide educational opportunities for animal owners.


Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary (CLAS) is a registered charity situated close to Antrim in Northern Ireland. The sanctuary has been a registered charity since 1996.

HMRC Registered Charity No. XR16305

Northern Ireland Charity Commission No. 104028