Thornberry Animal Sanctuary is a rescue centre based in South Yorkshire on two different sites. We were founded in 1988 and in that time we have rescued thousands of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits and Horses. We take on animals that through no fault of their own need a new home. Once we have assessed the animal and dealt with any medical or behavioural needs they may have we try to match them to their perfect home.
Thornberry has constantly been evolving over the last 30 years. The biggest change to the Todwick road site in recent years has been the change in the way the animal care team work. Previously the animal care team were split into sections with each department working independently and individually managed. In May 2017 this changed mostly due to the changing financial climate but also the needs of the animals. We now work as one team, although smaller in numbers every member of the team now works within all departments. This way of working has proved not only to be effective but also efficient, creating a much stronger animal care team.
Find out more about what we do here.
Meet the team
The Animal care team look after the animals from the moment they come in to the day they leave. They oversee any Medical or rehabilitation needs the animal may have and work hard to find the animals the most suitable forever home.
Kelly Barker, Animal Manager
In November 2014 I started working as a Cattery Assistant at Thornberry. Then in May 2017 I was promoted to the new role of Animal Manager. Since joining the Thornberry team I have never looked back, it has become a way of life for me. I am deeply passionate about the Sanctuary and all the animals that we have been lucky enough to help.
Billy Ellerby, Supervisor
My first introduction at Thornberry was as a volunteer Were I helped in every department. I have a deep passion for animals with experience with domestic and exotic pets. After gaining a role at Thornberry I was Progressed to the role of Supervisor to which I thoroughly enjoy, making a difference to each and every rescue.
Debbie Bradbury, Supervisor
Hi my name is Debbie and this is Olaf my Thornberry Rescue. I have always been passionate about Animal Welfare and own a number of Rescue animals. I enjoy working at Thornberry and helping the Animals find their forever home.
Michael Hindley, Animal Care
My name is Michael and I have been at Thornberry for many years. I enjoy my role at Thornberry and I particularly like working and playing with the Dogs.
Laura Hoskin, Animal Care
I joined the team in 2017 bringing my expertise in dog grooming, which I have had to use many times. Working at Thornberry is a very rewarding role especially when the Animals go to their new homes.
Annette Rigg, Animal care
Hi, my name is Annette and I have always had a love of animals from a young age. I’ve volunteered as a dog walker for a number of years now and was lucky enough to secure my dream job here. I’ve only ever owned rescue animals including a number of dogs and cats from Thornberry as in my experience, rescue animals make brilliant, loyal, forever pets.
Janet Gibson, Animal Care
After volunteering for 9 years I joined the animal care team in 2003. I enjoy working with all the animals especially the rabbits, as this is the area I have mostly worked in over the years.
Kayleigh Paling, Animal Care
My name is Kayleigh and this is Lulu. I'm an animal carer here at Thornberry. I have always loved animals from a young age and I specialise in rabbits.
Ann Thomson, Animal Care
Hi I am Ann and I have been working at Thornberry for a lot of years. I work mainly behind the scenes making the kennels clean and fresh for the dogs.
Being part of the Thornberry team is rewarding way to spend spare time. Without the help of our volunteers and supporters we would not be able to do the work we do. To get involved and be part of this team please contact us to see what roles are available. We always welcome fundraisers and you can get in touchGet involved
We are lucky to have the support of some great companies. Without their help we would be unable to help as many animals as we do.