Help Us Help Them!

At any one time the sanctuary is home to over 100 animals of various species. All those animals have their own individual needs but fundamentally need three main things - care, food and vetting. Our main bills are for food and vet care. If you can help support any of our animals in any way please hit the subscription buttons below or click across to Support Us and learn more about sponsorship, legacies, volunteering, and general donations. 

The subscriptions on this page are fulfilled by Paypal and come straight to us - the sponsorship can be set up via Paypal, direct debit etc. Learn more at Checkout.

Ark Appeal

Help us keep the animals at Crosskennan Fed!

Every animal has their own needs and costs - help us keep them fed by topping up our Ark Appeal.

Sponsor for

£5 per month!

Feed the Cats!

We are currently home to over 30 cats including Bernie above!

It costs £1.36 on average per cat per day in food and supplements. Can you help us cover the cost of feeding just one cat weekly?

Sponsor for

£9.52 per week!

Help Beth!

Beth suffers with very bad sweet itch.

It costs £111.90 each month to provide Beth with food and the supplements needed to help keep her healthy and happy. Can you help cover just one day a month?

Sponsor for

£3.73 per month!

Cat Care Plan!

Crosskennan is home to over 30 cats currently - including Daisy above.

Costs of caring for the cats each month is upwards of £1000! Can you help us cover a small portion of these costs?

Sponsor for

£5 per month!

Feed the Chickens!

We are currently home to over 30 birds - including Giles the rooster!

It costs 38p on average per bird to cover their daily food. You can help us keep food on their plates and in their bellies! Please help us feed birds like Giles!

Sponsor for

£2.66 per week!

Love the Littles!

Oliver is one of our Littlest Littles!

It costs as little as £23 a month to feed some of the little ponies on the yard. Can you help us keep them fed and well?

Sponsor for

£15 per month!

Feed Hercules!

Hercules is a permanent resident and has been since 2015.

It costs us £144 each month just to feed Hercules. Can you help by covering just one day each month?

Sponsor for

£4.80 per month!

Feed the Dogs!

We are home to 6 resident dogs including Benji above.

It costs between £1.20 and £2.59 to feed each of the dogs at the sanctuary each day. Every dog is on a select diet due to their health or requirements.

Sponsor for

£4.71 per week!

Vet Appeal

Animals like Pepper need regular vet check ups and medicine to keep them healthy.

Our Vet bills are constant at the sanctuary and with every new arrival there is a spike in costs. Can you help us care for the animals in need?

Sponsor for

£3.00 every other week!

Frequently asked questions

General

I emailed you two days ago and you still haven't responded, why?


Unfortunately our office is only manned part time and not at weekends. We also are receiving a large number of emails everyday. We appreciate your patience when contacting us, we will do all we can to get back to you ASAP. If you have an urgent issue please call the sanctuary directly - 028 9446 5384. Again our phones are not manned 24/7 but we do recieve your messages and try and reply within a day or less.




I phoned today but no one answered; is there no one there?


Unfortunately our office is only manned part time and not at weekends. We also are receiving a large number of calls everyday as well as the normal work of the sanctuary and the unplanned rescues. We appreciate your patience when contacting us, we will do all we can to get back to you ASAP. If you have an urgent issue please call the sanctuary directly and leave a message - 028 9446 5384. Again our phones are not manned 24/7 but we do recieve your messages and try and reply within a day or less. Please make sure to leave a contact name and number in a clear voice so we can call you back.




How are you funded?


Crosskennan is entirely funded by public donations. Our annual funding requirement is now approximately £200,000. We have no income from national or local authority and no national or parent charity to draw funds from. We rely solely on the goodwill of people such as yourselves to help us to take care of all our animals as well as grant giving bodies.




How can I donate things to the sanctuary?


You can donate a wide variety of things to the sanctuary. If you have any items please contact the sanctuary via email - office@crosskennanlane.org.uk. Please note that we are generally unable to collect donations. You can also donate via our Amazon Wishlist




What things can I donate to the sanctuary?


You can donate a wide variety of things to the sanctuary, including;

  • Animal Food: We can take advantage of most donated animal food. If for some reason we cannot use it ourselv es, we will ensure that other animals in need benefit from your generousity. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always welcome for our birds and equines.
  • Bedding: We have a never-ending need for bedding! This can be blankets, towels, sheets and other similar materials that we can use to make beds.
  • Items For Selling: The items we can sell include unwanted gifts, good quality bric-a-brac, household items, etc.
If you have any items please contact the sanctuary via email - office@crosskennanlane.org.uk. Please note that we are generally unable to collect donations.




COVID-19


When the news broke of the COVID-19 restrictions Lyn Friel, the manager, was oblivious. Spending the majority of time caring for the animals and responding to people’s calls keeps her so busy that the outside world has a hard job breaking in. The outside world wasn’t going to be held at bay forever though and on Tuesday the twenty-fourth of March Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary issued a statement to the public that it was officially in lockdown. “We can’t take the risk that any of our dedicated staff and volunteers may fall ill and therefore be unable to care for the animals at the sanctuary; of which currently there are over one hundred and twenty.” At the time of closing, we were in the middle of volunteer training, fundraising and the building of a new sanctuary stable and shelter to house some of the sanctuary’s shetland population. All had to be put on hold; among some of our normal daily activities like rehoming and providing animal visits to the local community. Immediately we saw losses of income and other donations of food and bedding, that would normally be coming in as results of bag packs, coffee mornings and other activities. We had to cancel upcoming events and sadly ask some volunteers not to attend.
The office is being manned from those who are staying at home where possible, while the yard staff and long term volunteers continue to provide care while following guidelines of social distancing and handwashing. Life must go on at the sanctuary, we do not have the option of closing the gates up and working from home. Without the staff and volunteers, the animals will suffer. Without people’s support, we cannot continue; and that is a terrifying thought that is plaguing us more and more as the days continue. The team has been working hard with various supporters doing whatever they can to help provide funds; from a print at a home colouring book to the launch of our Online Pet Show. Our social media volunteer has been helpfully translating all the animal’s daily fun ‘diary’ entries on our social media pages to keep the community engaged and informed, not just about the sanctuary but the current news too. On top of the fundraising activities, we are still working behind the gates on saving lives, with daily calls and emails regarding welfare, abandoned animals and animals needing to be rehomed at this time. We are doing our best to resolve as many cases as we can through intervention and advice where suited. These are strange times for all, but one thing is sure, we will do our utmost best to support every single animal we possibly can. We need help more than ever, in a time where sadly the world is difficult for everyone. There so many ways you can help us and you can learn more by visiting our Website - www.crosskennnalane.co.uk or emailing crosskennan@hotmail.co.uk
You can keep up to date with all our news on Instagram and Facebook too.




Can I Volunteer with the animals?


You most certainly can! We take volunteers from 14 years and up. You can fill in a form on our website here - https://www.crosskennanlane.co.uk/volunteer Unfortunately due to COVID our Volunteer scheme has paused all new intake but do keep an eye on our facebook page and website for news and updates on this!





Animals

What animals do you have?


We have worked with many different animals over the years but work primarily with Horses and ponies, dogs, cats, and Birds like Hens, ducks etc. We usually have approximately 100 animals on site. You can see some of our residents here!




Do you ever put an animal to sleep?


Unfortunately this comes with life, but our policy is that we never put a healthy animal to sleep. We ethunaise only on veterinary advice as well as a consultation with the team.




Do you Rehome all the animals?


No, some of our animals are assessed as being unsuitable for rehoming. We offer sanctuary to these animals for their lifetimes - the same goes for animals that have been unsuccessful in finding a suitable home. The Sanctuary becomes their home and the staff and volunteers become their family. We treat every animal at the sanctuary like one of our own pets.




Why are some animals Permanent Residents?


It varies case by case but many are permanent because of one or more of the following;

  • Health complaints or injuries that make them expensive to care for.
  • Mental scars from previous experiences leaving them with behavioural problems.
  • Old age.
  • Bonds with other permanent residents that cannot be broken.
  • Bonds with the sanctuary environment and the people there.




Where do your animals come from?


Each case is different but all of our animals have come to us as a rescue in some form. Most of our residents have been found abandoned or come to us after being rescued from their previous homes where they were mistreated or faced neglect. We also have some animals that come to us as private handovers/unwanted pets but we have to limit this if we can.




Why don't you take in unwanted pets?


We do take in animals from homes in which the owners could no longer care for them or the animal is unwanted but we have to limit this if we can. We endeavour to help every animal that we can but as the sanctuary is generally always at capacity there may be a waiting list. We offer a Home from Home Rehoming service where we cannot offer your animal a place at the sanctuary. If you need to find a new home for your pet please call or email the sanctuary - office@crosskennanlane.org.uk.




Do you ever get puppies/kittens? Can you call me when they come in?


We do get puppies and kittens in at the sanctuary, but as you can imagine this is a very popular request and we don't have capacity to contact everyone. We will post on our Facebook page and on our website when we are looking for homes for Puppies or Kittens. The same rules apply for rehoming puppies/kittens as they do for adult animals.




If I am interested in a breed will you call me when one comes into the centre?


Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to do this. We would recommend keeping an eye on our website and our social media pages.





Visiting

Is the sanctuary open all year?


Technically yes; behind the scenes. We are working every day of the year because animals need daily care. Unfortunately we are not open to the general public without an appointment. You can make an appointment to visit by contacting us via email - office@crosskennanlane.org.uk




What can I expect to see if I visit?


Crosskennan is first and foremost an animal sanctuary. We have an average of 100 resident animals but we don’t make them perform for visitors! This means that we cannot guarantee what animals you will see. All visits must be by appointment only! Please do not turn up at the sanctuary without an appointment as you will not be allowed inside. You can make an appointment to visit by contacting us via email - office@crosskennanlane.org.uk




What is an AAT Visit?


Crosskennan is first and foremost an animal sanctuary but over the years we have discovered the amazing benefits of working with animals. We offer people the chance to work with animals through Animal Asisted Therapy (AAT) visits - both on and off site. LEARN MORE You can book a visit by contacting us via email - office@crosskennanlane.org.uk




Is the Sanctuary accessible to wheelchair users?


Crosskennan has areas that are wheelchair accessible but this is limited unfortunately. We have a number of concrete and gravel laneways but due to the operations of the sanctuary we have a large number of gates so we recommend that wheelchair users are accompanied by an able bodied person. Our Visitor's centre is wheelchair accessible. We are working hard to ensure everyone has equal access to areas of the sanctuary but unfortunately our funding is focused on the care of the animals.




Can I bring my dog?


No, you cannot bring your dog into the sanctuary when visiting. We have a few events on throughout the year where well behaved dogs are welcome to visit the sanctuary. They must be kept under control on a short lead.




Can I bring my children to the Sanctuary?


Children are very welcome at the sanctuary. If you are looking to find a new member of the family, it is important that everyone who will be in regular contact with the animal can get to know them! We also provide children's educational talks about animal welfare, care and safety, etc. Feel free to ask for more information via email events@crosskennanlane.org.uk Please do not turn up at the sanctuary without an appointment as you will not be allowed inside. You can make an appointment to visit by contacting us via email - office@crosskennanlane.org.uk





Rehoming

Who can rehome an animal from you?


We believe that there is an animal to suit everyone, but sometimes it can take time to find the perfect match. We recomend anyone interested in rehoming contact us via an application form if required (horses and Dogs usually) or by email. We will try and match you to your perfect animal and hopefully you can rehome if you can meet the needs of that particular animal.




How can I rehome an animal from you?


We believe that there is an animal to suit everyone, but sometimes it can take time to find the perfect match. We recomend anyone interested in rehoming contact us via an application form if required or by email. We cannot guarantee we will have an animal to suit your requirements or skill level.




Why would I rehome a Rescue animal?


There are many reasons why re-homing a rescue from Crosskennan is more rewarding than purchasing. The main one being you are providing a better life and a secure future for an animal that maybe hasn't had the best start in life.




Are the rescue animals healthy?


All Animals at the sanctuary receive extra loving care and feeding program is devised. Vet checks, dental checks and treatment, and hoof care as appropriate. NO information is hidden from prospective adopters. Any past injuries/conditions and any little quirks or vices are made known in an effort to match every animal to the perfect home.




Can you give me a full history on an animal?


Some of our animals have been handed in, but most are stray or abandoned. If an animal is handed in we get as much information as we can from previous owners but if they are a stray it can be difficult. Our team give each animal a full assessment so we can piece together as much of that animal's story as we can. NO information is hidden from prospective adopters. Any past injuries/conditions and any little quirks or vices are made known in an effort to match every animal to the perfect home.




Can I fill out the equine rehoming application online?


Yes you can! You can fill out an equine application here. Currently we are updating the application with more detailed question - you can download the updated version as a PDF file here.




Could I be turned down for rehoming an animal?


Through a thorough assessment that helps us match each animal to the right person we sometimes find a home will not be the perfect fit. If that is the case we will discuss this with you and if appropriate, suggest alternative options. We rehome to all different types of homes. It really does come down to whether your home is the best match for one of our animals. We will be honest if we don't feel you are eligible to rehome a particular animal. Please don't take this personally as there are many factors we take into account that could mean your home isn't the best environment for that animal. As a responsible rehoming organisation we would be doing a disservice to ourselves, the animal and to you if we were to rehome an animal somewhere that we didn't see as their forever home. We know people have their hearts set on certain animals and it's disappointing to hear they won't be coming home with you but our team will have made the decision knowing the animal as well as they do, and not wanting to cause undue heartache in the future.




What is Home from Home Rehoming?


We offer a Home from Home Rehoming service where we cannot offer your animal a place at the sanctuary. Home from Home is where we try and find your animal a new home while it continues to live with their current owners. This reduces the stress on the animal of having to move to the sanctuary. A Home from Home also means you get to have a say in where your animal ends up; we do know that not every pet that we rehome this way is neccessarily 'unwanted' and many can be the result of circumstances out of your control. We do our best to match potential homes with animals and will assist with home checks etc. If you need to find a new home for your pet please call or email the sanctuary - office@crosskennanlane.org.uk.




What if it doesn't work out?


Although this is very sad, it does happen; one of the reasons we take our time in the rehoming process is to try and reduce the number of returning animals. We will retain ownership of the animal throughout its life and this ensures it cannot be passed on without our knowledge and perhaps end up a bad home; what this also means is we are here to help you for the rest of your animal's life. If you have any concerns, big or small, let us know as and we will do our best to help you through them. If it is ultimately decided that returning the animal to us is the best course of action, we will take them back into our care and try and find another home for them (if that is the suitable course of action).




Can I take my new pet home on the same day?


Sadly this isn't possible as the process normally takes at least a week, but it can be shorter or longer depending on a few factors. Our rehoming team will do their best to find an animal (dog/cat/horse/pony/bird/etc.) whose needs suit your lifestyle from the start. We take care with our application process so that by the time people meet the animal on their first visit they agree on a match and pending a potential home visit it can be less than a week before your new pet is home with you!




Can I rehome from out of Northern Ireland?


Yes, we have many animals that have been rehomed further afield than Northern Ireland. We have rehomed to the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany and Austria! We do prefer you can visit the centre as many times as necessary to meet and work with the animal, we understand this is not always easy to do. Rehoming out of the country is on a case by case basis, and the rehoming team will let you know if this is possible.




Can you email me more details about an animal, or photos?


If we have anymore information we will pass that along. Unfortunately the Sanctuary can be extremely busy so it can be difficult to get more photos or videos. If you are interested in adopting and the animal is on site the rehoming team will invite you to come and see them. Keep an eye on our social media feeds too as we try to make regular updates.





Welfare

Hi, there's a a Horse in a feild...


Many of our reports are from members of the public regarding a horse in a feild. For Welfare concerns we need to gather as much information as possible in the initial contact; it can take days to gather enough informaiton for us to make an informed assessment and reccomendation. For many the sooner we can act the better! If you are concerned about the welfare of an equine - contact your council's animal welfare officer. District councils are responsiible for enforcement of the Welfare of Animals (NI) Act 2011. Applying to "non farmed animals" - ie. domestic pets such as cats, dogs, horses, etc. Horses on the Road If equines are loose on the road contact the PSNI. If an animal is loose on the road and an owner is unknown the PSNI have the power under Article 10 Animals (NI) Order 1976 to impound it with a suitable person/body. Establish the Facts Is the horse;

  • Underweight (can you see ribs or other bones?)
  • Injured (is it limping or have visible wounds?)
  • Safe (is it enclosed in a field or paddock where it cannot access dangerous areas ie. roads, railways etc.)
Does it have:
  • Shelter (trees, hedges or stable, etc?)
  • Water (there may be a drinking trough or buckets somewhere)
  • Enough food (not every equine needs the same amount - some horses need very little to no grass, others need extra food. Establish what food is available if you can)
  • An Owner (if you don't know for sure look for signs of care, ie. a rug, or feed buckets etc.)
If you are concerned
  • Take Photos
  • Take down address or as much detail as you can about the location
  • Note the Date and also how long the animal has been there (if known).
  • Contact your local District Council for Welfare Concerns - or PSNI for Horses loose on the road.
All Animals need;
  • a suitable environment
  • a suitable diet
  • to be housed with or apart from other animals as required
  • to be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease
  • to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
Crosskennan will do all we can in offering aid and advice but if you are concerned please conctact the Council or the the PSNI. If in doubt email crosskennan@hotmail.co.uk and we will help signpost you to the relevant body.





Friends of Crosskennan

What charitable Organisations support you?


We are supported both financially and otherwise by many organisations across the UK. Some of these include; Petplan
Petplan have offered us financial support over the years in the forms of grants for feed, bedding, vet costs, etc. We are very grateful for their ongoing support. Support Adoption For Pets
Support Adoption For Pets support us through food donations as well as grant support, helping with projects like replacing our sanctuary vehicle and replacing the cat run in the most recent years while also providing financial aid during the lockdown period of 2020 helping cover feed and vet costs. One Voice For Animals UK Appeal In response to COVID-19 the One voice for Animals UK Appeal was launched to help connect small charities in need of help in this difficult time with support and the much needed donations to keep animals in the UK safe and well. They've supported us in publising our work as well as including us as recipients of charitable auctions and assisting with promotion etc. Learn more by visiting www.helpanimals.co.uk




What are Friends of Crosskennan?


These are businesses, organisations or individuals who have supported us either financially or on a voluntary basis, through donations of food, bedding, time, money, etc. Some of these include;

  • Top Spec,
  • Scribble Studio NI,
  • Alan Workman Contracts,
  • Doagh Farm Feeds,
  • Creative Gardens,
  • Fair Frames,
  • Pets At Home,
  • Fairhill Shopping Centre,
  • The Hungry Vegan,
  • Plus many more!





All Downloads and Resources

Rabbit Rehoming Application Form

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Volunteer Pack (Feb 20 Update)

Volunteer

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Equine Rehoming Application Form

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Volunteer Charter

Volunteer

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Track System Info Sheet

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Grooming Kit Sign Out Sheets

Yard Resources

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Cat Rehoming Application Form

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Health and Safety

Volunteer

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Horse Concern - Establishing Facts

Welfare

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Privacy Policy

Policy

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Equine Health Problems

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Horse Concern - Who to Contact

Welfare

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Sponsorship Forms

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Small Animal Health Problems

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