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Important Announcement


We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone with a lot of uncertainty and a constantly changing and evolving situation. We are continually monitoring and adhering to official advice and want to keep you informed of any changes to our operations and opening hours etc.

We have today taken the decision to close our Sanctuary and our 3 shops in Bangor, Newtownards and Ballynahinch until further notice.

We have also postponed a number of arranged fundraising events and hope to run these later in the year when things settle down.  Please keep an eye on the events calendar on our website for updated information.

Suffice to say, this will ultimately result in a significant drop in our income.  If you are in a position to support us at this difficult time and help us keep the Sanctuary running, we would be very grateful for any donation you can make.

We cannot accept donations of goods to our shops so please hold on to anything you are planning to donate and we will let you know when we are in a position to take these again.

Rehoming and volunteering applications are suspended until such times as we reopen again.

Dog walking is also currently on hold until further notice.

If you have already reserved an animal we will contact you directly and will be honouring our rehoming arrangements where possible. (Please call us to let us know you have arrived at the Sanctuary as the gates will be locked.)

We will still be working hard to look after all our animals at the sanctuary and have not yet taken the decision to foster any of our animals.  We will however be taking applications for fostering and have these on standby should this become necessary.

Please email us on for further information.

Let us all work together to keep everyone safe.

Comfort in Crisis

Pets & Coronavirus (COVID-19)

About Us

Welcome to Assisi Animal Sanctuary

Founded in 1997, Assisi Animal Sanctuary is Northern Ireland’s largest independent animal welfare charity, providing shelter for up to 200 companion animals including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs. 

Adopt a Pet

Rescue is our favourite breed. Why not consider adopting a rescue animal? At Assisi we have dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs all waiting for new, loving homes.


Help our work to protect some of the country’s most vulnerable animals for as little as £3 per month. Sponsor an animal today and provide them with a lifetime of support.


Let us fill your spare time. Volunteer. Meet new people. Gain new or use existing skills. Get experience. Make a big difference to your community.

Make a Donation

Assisi does not receive any funding or grants from local councils or Government and therefore relies solely on donations from individuals and organisations within our community to keep our Sanctuary going.  Your donation will make a huge difference to the wellbeing of the animals in our care and help us to provide the much needed day to day requirements to meet their welfare needs.

Adopt a Pet

Are you looking for a new companion? We have lots of animals ready for their forever homes.

/ Dark Tortie & White /
/ Springer Spaniel /
/ Dalmatian /
/ Pug /

Become a Volunteer

Lets help animals together

Please contact us for a chat about how you might be able to help in our work to protect and care for stray or unwanted companion animals.  Thank you.



Leave a gift in your will. A gift left in your Will is a great way to ensure that your love of animals and interest in their well-being is continued into the future.

Chance of a lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime (COAL) was set up in 2003. They transfer dogs to Dogs Trust in England and Scotland for rehoming. We need your help to keep this vital programme running.


Your support helps us feed the animals in our care, give them excellent veterinary treatment and provide them with toys and treats. Become a member today.


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Upcoming Events

Find out where and when our latest events are:

April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
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