Save Animal Sanctuary from Unwarranted Closure

Target: Local Council of Fulwood, Sheffield

Goal: To prevent a 64-year-old animal sanctuary from being closed due to a single noise complaint

The Mill House Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1948 by two sisters: Jane Wright and Pat Hartley. These women spent a majority of their lives caring for unwanted animals. Despite the sisters’ efforts for the animals of the community, their sanctuary is now in danger because of a single noise complaint. The sanctuary is in desperate need of help in order to remain open.

Recently, the Mill House Animal Sanctuary has received a noise complaint about their dogs barking. This has been the first complaint the animal sanctuary has received since its opening 64 years ago. The complaint against the sanctuary states that the dogs bark all day and night, but the owners argue that the dogs bark as all dogs do and that they do everything in their power to keep the noise down to a minimum. Because of this complaint, the animal sanctuary might have to permanently shut down.

The local council has issued a noise abatement order that requires the animal sanctuary to put up a soundproof perimeter fence. While the animal sanctuary receives some donations, most of the sanctuary’s funding comes directly from the owners. Given the costs it takes to run the sanctuary, the owners can’t afford the soundproof fence and they can’t afford to fight the court order.

The animal sanctuary boasts an impressive “no-destruction” policy; any animal that is not re-homed is always welcome at the sanctuary. No animal is turned away from the sanctuary and no animal is killed; all of the animals get to stay at the sanctuary until old age takes them. Unfortunately, this might have to change if the animal sanctuary is forced to shut down. There is a chance that 17 dogs will have to be put down if the owners cannot re-home them. Several cows, ponies, pigs, sheep, llamas, and goats will also lose their homes if the sanctuary closes.

After 64 years of dedicated service to the community’s unwanted animals, the Mill House Animal Sanctuary deserves so much more than this. One noise complaint should not have the power to close down this sanctuary and endanger the lives of several animals. Sign and share the petition below to help raise awareness and get help for the Mill House Animal Sanctuary.


Dear Local Council of Fulwood, Sheffield,

Please reconsider the closure of the Mill House Animal Sanctuary. This animal sanctuary has been helping unwanted animals for 64 years and should be allowed to continue its work. The sanctuary is facing closure because of a noise complaint; this is the first complaint that the sanctuary has received since it opened in 1948. The complaint states that the dogs of the sanctuary bark all day and all night. The owners say this is not true and that the dogs bark normally as all dogs do.

I find it extremely unfair for the sanctuary to face such a threat because of one complaint. The owners of the sanctuary were only given two options: install a soundproof perimeter fence or shut down the sanctuary. Unfortunately, the owners cannot afford to build the soundproof fence so it appears that they will be forced to shut down the sanctuary. I am urging you to find other options for the owners of the sanctuary. Please take the action to allow the animal sanctuary to remain in operation.


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  1. I believe that this complaint will have come from some moron who has fairly recently moved into the area. As the sanctuary has been there so long, without complaints, I feel that these people should have no right to complain. Before moving in, they should have checked for any noises they object to. This is exactly the same situation as idiots who go to live in a village and then complain about the sound of church bells or buy a house near an airport and moan about the noise of jet engines and traffic congestion on the approach roads.

    • Cliff Josephson Cliff Josephson says:

      I particularly LOVE the people who move to the woods,edges of wilderness areas, out into areas near the Everglades and then complain and want removed or killed the Wildlife living there. If you don’t like animals in the wild stay in the cities and deal with the wild animals that live there.

  2. Syd Henley has hit the nail on the head exactly! Save this excellent rescue centre please!

  3. I also agree with Syd Henley.This person should not have moved near an animal sanctuary.Let him move instead

  4. I always thought it was totally unfair to move near a place and then complain! I doubt the complainers have been there 64 years. I know of a rescue here in the states that has been subject to the same form of harassment because the ‘complainer’ moved in after the rescue was there and he knows folks in government. It isn’t a level playing field out there when people use their connections to hurt others!

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