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Benji wanted to say Hi!

Well, where to begin? I've been busy at home, working hard being a good boy. I've been sniffing out all the forgotten poo and rolling it and practicing my jumping while checking the escape proof-ness of the yard (it's about a 90% from me).

I'm looking forward to showing Willow her first Christmas with us. She's my best friend don't you know? I've taught her all the best things and she is nearly as good at jumping as me now!

I have actually been working on some of my impulse control too and got to attend a socially distanced party in the garden for one of the staff's leaving. It was awesome with food everywhere and lots of people to sniff. I did really well though, remembering to sit and to wait and I got such good scratches after it all.

Perhaps I might be able to start visiting the nursing homes like Dora someday soon. I'll keep on with my training though; although not too hard! After all, all work and no play...!

I'm looking forward to Christmas so much, and I've been watching all the presents arrive from all of you to the yard. No one will tell me what's in any of them, but I heard talk of special Christmas dinner; so result on that, am I right?

Totally going to be awesome and even though it totally sucks that we aren't going to see people all over again, it's okay, because I'm learning to be patient and I know it's important and I really don't want any of my favourite people getting sick. That would be the absolute worst.

Nope, definitely got to keep these paws clean and keep my distance (i will be trying, I swear, I just get so excited sometimes I can't help it...).

I wish all of you out there a happy and healthy Christmas, filled with presents and loads of toys and food and sweeties!

Lots of love from the Pup that will never grow up!




“I've asked Santa for a Horse Jolly Ball! I love carrying them around!".

- Benji -


At this time of year, costs are higher overall and with the past year being what it was, we have very little in reserves to help cover out winter bills. This year we were on par in numbers with the years of the Equine Crisis and times when we held police and council contracts. Those numbers relate only to that of the animals needing help and the outgoing costs. We receive no statutory funding and are solely reliant on the generosity of people, businesses, and grant-giving bodies who support our work and the animals in need.

Every penny really does help, at the moment our carrots for the horses, ponies, rabbits, donkeys, and birds cost just fourteen pence a bag. Fourteen pence, that's it.

So when we say every penny, we truly mean that and we are truly thankful for every penny that everyone donates, for every tin of food delivered, for every share, and like and comment that can help share the word.

If you want to get stuff delivered to us you can get it posted direct to Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, 26 Crosskennan Lane, Ballynoe, Antrim, BT41 2QY

Or send us an email to to arrange a drop off of donations!

Did you know you can send grocery deliveries to us too? Just let us know in advance, and you can do an ASDA, Tesco's, Sainsbury's Online delivery and get it dropped off at the sanctuary. We can make use of so much from your local supermarket, from fresh fruit and veg to frozen peas and sweetcorn, fresh chicken, ham, liver, washing up powder/tablets, dish soap, bleach, disinfectant, toilet rolls, dog food, cat food, birdseed... The list could go on forever!

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