Resident Animals

Real People Magazine
Bob Sheppard's kind words about Paws.
Resident Animals
If you can't find a suitable pet through us then dont forget to check our substantial Animal Welfare List
 You can help support our work. 




If you can't possibly re-home an animal but would like to help and support with food, vets bills or visit us when you can on a Sunday afternoon. 
We have many permanent residents that are too old or infirm to be re-homed. 
All proceeds from donating will go directly towards the upkeep of the animals and gives us the ability to continue to care for them and all other costs associated with looking after our animals. 
Beautiful timid Jack is a wonderful little dog that came in with the worst teeth the vet had ever seen, unfortunately they had to be removed.
  Rosie and ET

Rosie and Gizzy

Rosie and ET are our longest residing cats of 19 and 20 years respectively.
 Unfortunately, since starting to construct this page Rosie died, ET is very sad and missing her very much, every day ET does a tour of the Sanctuary looking for Rosie every day. 


Pixie recovering from a very nasty operation, to read the full story select Pixie's Operation.












Dixie was kept in a cage and has a nervous affliction, she is very scared of strangers but is becoming more trusting as time goes on, she has made many friends with the other resident small dogs and enjoys charging up and down the garden in the sunshine, chasing around with the other small dogs. Dixie loves it when the dog walkers come to take them all out together for a long walk.



pug dog




By donating you will be helping enormously with everyday living expenses our animals including their food, vets bills and medication.
Gnasher and Rainbow are two our of longest residing small dogs and are dear little souls that have been with us now for a long time, and are part of our loving family, they are both very tolerant of any new resident that comes to stay.
We can only continue to help these wonderful creatures if funds are available to pay the bills - we receive no secure funding, and public donations are essential to ensure the smooth running and future of PAWS Animal Sanctuary.

Ginger Spice


Ginger Spice              

  donkey eating  donkey
Jasper the Donkey
A lovable friendly Guinea-pig.
Just one of our Rabbits enjoying some sunshine.
  Chickens 2
Come and visit Our Silkie Chickens
  Polo Bathing
Polo the white rabbit taking a relaxing soak.
Pumpkin and Squash are Persion Cats looking for a new home
Ginger Persians
they come as a pair and require a lot of hard work and daily grooming. 
Real People Magazine: 11th June 2009

The Real People article was a lighthearted and fun way to look at a very real and at times a disturbing issue. PAWS take in rabbits and guinea pigs that have been badly neglected and in a very poor condition. Some of them are so sick they do not survive.   


All pets must be kept clean and groomed at all times.   Is your pet a happy healthy pet?
You should check your pets each day for any signs of illness, such as a change in appetite or water intake, weight loss, diarrhoea, skin problems, scratching or any change in behaviour. If your pet develops any of these signs you should always contact your vet.

Fly strike
Check under the tail of your rabbit daily in the summer, they are prone to maggot infestations (‘fly strike’) in warmer weather. T
his is a very unpleasant condition caused by flies laying their eggs on dirty fur. Vets see cases of fly strike every year. Most at risk are rabbits that get dirty around their back end, so you should make sure the hutch and living environment are cleaned out regularly.
If a rabbit isn’t grooming their fur properly and is allowing it to get dirty, this can be a sign of a health problem, so you should visit your vet. 

Rabbit Diagram

Real People article
Chat magazine article: 1st April 2010.

Chat Mag 1st Apr

This article originally appeared in the Findon News.
Bob Sheppard - An Animal Healer and Reiki Practitioner
I have just got back from my weekly visit to Paws Animal Sanctuary, where I walk the dogs, do a few odd jobs and send healing to those animals most in need. Clutching my copy of their spring newsletter I feel a desire to share the good work they, and the many other small rescue centres do on behalf of our animal friends.

WE all know what wonderful work the Dogs Trust, The Cat Protection League and the R.S.P.C.A, Re-homing Centres and other national charities do, but what about the dozens of small ones up and down the country, that take in injured birds, lost baby hedgehogs or unwanted hamsters?...their work is equally important. So on behalf of all the small re-homing centres/sanctuaries, I shall tell you about one I know and love.

Paws is an animal sanctuary in the village of Findon, West Sussex, it is an ordinary house with a large garden that backs onto farmland. Everyone in the village knows the name ‘Paws; and its owner Stacey, who is a fantastic source of inspiration and information regarding animal health and husbandry. Her knowledge covers conventional allopathetic medicine, homeopathy, herbs, flower remedies, healing and plain common sense.

The major contribution made by Paws is to those animals that are lucky enough to cross its threshold – the majority are sick, unwanted or homeless. They will never have an animal euthanized instead the sick are nursed back to health and the old and weak coaxed to enjoy their final days within the safety and peace of the sanctuary.

To give an idea of the pressures on Paws, just over the Easter week end three lost dogs, an injured pigeon, a black and white cat living in a garage and two unwanted guinea-pigs were brought in. The following day a single lovebird was rescued from inside a lantern light from a balcony of a block of flats on Worthing sea front, he was cold and wet with a poor prognosis before Paws worked their magic.

Paws are always busy re-homing lots of rabbits, guinea-pigs, cats, dogs or any other animal including hens and cage and aviary birds. Before an animal can be re-homed many hours are spent getting them well and in good condition. Clipping teeth and nails, bathing, clearing mites and ticks, visits to the vet for treatment etc…are just a sample of the tasks involved. As with most sanctuaries no animal is re-homed without a clean bill of health from the veterinary surgeon and without being neutered or spayed.

There are seldom fewer than 100 animals at Paws, not forgetting the two sorry, three, (a new one arrived yesterday) miniature Shetland Ponies–as well as everyone’s favourite, Jasper the donkey. The resident dogs, numerous cats and the African Grey Parrot, none of whom are for re-homing, also form part of the Paws community. These animal are two old, too sick, or just too loved to be moved.

So many of these smaller sanctuaries/rescue centre’s seem to run on a shoe string. They miss out on the legacies and larger monetary donations that go so often to the national charities. So they limp from week to week, invoice to invoice, small donations to small donations, Paws is no exception, last year £25,245 was spent on food and vet bills alone. It is because of their hand to mouth existence there is no such thing as paid staff, so all help is provided by a dedicated team of volunteers. Paws is a good example of this, their cleaning and feeding of the animals, mucking out the ponies, or maintaining fences and taking rubbish to the community tip etc…is all done by volunteers, who cover the essential jobs keeping the place running efficiently and more importantly, in keeping the animals alive and well.

So fellow animal lovers, if you know of anyone thinking about taking on a new pet, ask them to start by looking at their local ‘small’ sanctuary or rescue centre, even if they don’t find the right animal for them, they will have a beautiful experience just by visiting and soaking up the peace and tranquility. Who knows they may even be inspired to come a volunteer or offer some financial help.

Paws Animal Sanctuary is open to the public every Sunday between 3pm to 5pm. Entrance is just £1.00 accompanied children are free.

This article was written by Bob Sheppard who is an Animal Healer and Reiki Practitioner, he can be contacted at 
Stacey McSpirit                             
Paws Animal Sanctuary                                                                          
Squirrels Cottage                                                         
15 The Oval
Findon Village
West Sussex
BN14 0TN
01903 872734