Saltburn Animal Rescue Association (S.A.R.A.) was formed in 1995 by a small group of animal lovers who realised that there was a real need to help unwanted and stray pets. In the beginning our aim was to help as many animals as possible by placing them into foster homes and attending to their veterinary care until responsible, forever homes could be found.
After using fosters homes for a couple of years, it was clear that we needed a center as the demand for rescue space was greater than foster homes could provide. The hard work started to raise enough money to buy a place of our own. In 2007, S.A.R.A. found the perfect place, an old farm just off Kirkleatham Lane called Foxrush Farm it was far enough from houses not to cause any problems with dogs barking but close enough for the general public to visit.
Over the last 10 years, we have accomplished a lot at the centre. We originally started off with only 8 kennels and in we converted rooms in the farmhouse for cats and kittens. Now we have 17 dog kennels and 17 cattery pens, which can house up to 28 cats. We also have an individual building called the joy lounge where our dogs can relax and enjoy some home comforts.
With the help from generous donations our latest addition at the centre is our sensory garden, filled with lovely smelling plants, herbs and different ground textures to help stimulate the dogs.
Over the past 10 years we have rescued and re-homed over 4,000 cats and dogs including kittens and puppies. Although we are a small organization, we feel that this figure reflects the ever growing need for more resources to help stray and unwanted pets.
Our animal sanctuary continues to grow. We have 180 members and many committed volunteers (we always need more). Our priority is always the health and wellbeing of each, individual animal. Our staff work closely with all of our animals and great care is taken when finding their forever homes.
You would like to contact us you can by post using the address on our contact us page, or use the telephone contact number (01642 488108).