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.
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.
£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?
£9.52 per week!
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?
£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?
£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!
£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?
£15 per month!
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?
£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.
£4.71 per week!
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?
£3.00 every other week!
Frequently asked questions
I emailed you two days ago and you still haven't responded, why?
I phoned today but no one answered; is there no one there?
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?
What things can I donate to the sanctuary?
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.
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.
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
What animals do you have?
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?
Health complaints or injuries that make them expensive to care for.
Mental scars from previous experiences leaving them with behavioural problems.
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?
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.
Is the sanctuary open all year?
What can I expect to see if I visit?
What is an AAT Visit?
Is the Sanctuary accessible to wheelchair users?
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?
Who can rehome an animal from you?
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?
Can I fill out the equine rehoming application online?
Could I be turned down for rehoming an animal?
What is Home from Home Rehoming?
What if it doesn't work out?
Can I take my new pet home on the same day?
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!
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.
Hi, there's a a Horse in a feild...
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.)
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.)
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
Scribble Studio NI,