Animal sanctuary’s new town centre charity shop

Grooming time at Barby Keel's animal sanctuary
Grooming time at Barby Keel's animal sanctuary

AN ANIMAL rescue centre is opening a new furniture shop in Bexhill to generate funds for its ongoing work.

The Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary has been helping animals of all shapes and sizes since it launched back in 1971 – with a successful re-homing scheme central to its work. As well as cats and dogs the charity offers refuge for guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, livestock, horses, a flock of former battery hens and other animals.

The last time the Observer spoke to the charity, it had been inundated with cats – with more than 200 in need of a new home.

Since then things have got no less hectic – meaning the charity is as desperate for funds as ever.

It already runs a busy shop at 17 St Leonards Road but this week Barby Keel volunteers were due to open a new store next door to the existing one.

The furniture store was penciled in for opening on Wednesday and its ideal location means the charity can pool its shop volunteers across the two premises.

Donations are welcome and anyone who has a piece of good quality unwanted furniture should call 01424 219593.

And anyone who would like to volunteer at either of the shops of the sanctuary itself can get in touch either by popping in to either St Leonards Road shop, or calling the above number.

A spokesman for the charity said: “We are always looking for new volunteers. In the holidays we have youngsters aged 14 or 15 coming in. The oldest we have at the moment is in their 60s.” The Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary is open to the public on Sunday afternoons between 2pm and 5pm throughout the summer. Call 01424 222032 or visit or email