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About OAS


The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary

The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary rescues & rehomes over 500 animals in the Oxfordshire area every year. Since opening in 1967 we have managed to help over 25,000 animals. We continue to support Oxfordshires abandoned animals, helping more and more pets each year to find loving new homes.

At present on site we have over 60 dogs, 90 cats and kittens plus a number of rabbits and guinea pigs. We also care for our permanent guests of goats, sheep, a horse and a little Shetland pony.

We hold our ’non-destruction policy’ as a core principle for our work. This means that we will never put a healthy animal down and work to rehabilitate each rescue that comes through our gates. You are able to Sponsor some of our recue animals to support them during their stay at the Sanctuary.

Thank you for your support.

article-missgreyOur History

In the very early days of The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary Society, the founding members rescued stray animals and housed them in boarding kennels and catteries. 

In 1967, during a very cold Christmas, the Oxford Mail published a picture of Miss Gray feeding hay to the ponies on Port Meadow. That picture was seen by Miss Sybil Morley who asked to meet Miss Gray as she was so moved by what the Society was trying to do for the animals. Miss Sybil Morley made a gift of £1,000 and later she offered a further £5,000 hoping it would buy a place where the Society could have its own Sanctuary.


By good fortune the South Oxfordshire Hunt had put on the market its property at Stadhampton, Miss Morley’s gift enabled the Society to purchase the site. Volunteers helped to turn the stables and hounds quarters into suitable kennels and finally, in July 1970, 35 animals were moved from various boarding establishments around the County to become the first inhabitants of the present Sanctuary.


Since then, thousands of animals have found a refuge at Stadhampton. Some have been with us only a short while before being adopted by a new owner. Others have had to wait much longer, whilst for a few the Sanctuary has been a “home” for the rest of their days.


Over the years, as more and more strays and unwanted pets have been brought to us, the Society has had to increase the kennelling at Stadhampton. Financial problems have plagued us all too frequently, but somehow we have survived. Through the generosity of Sybil Morley and thousands of other friends, we are today caring for more animals than ever before.

Veterinary Care

article-VetCaring for Our Rescues

All our animals are checked by a vet, vaccinated (age and health permitting), wormed, microchipped and where appropriate neutered before you take them home. A member of our team also assesses them so that we can learn more about each animal and make sure we find the right homes for them.

There is a weekly vet round where all the animals new to the Sanctuary receive a full health check. Any that show a problem are provided with treatment. In cases of emergency animals are taken direct to the veterinary surgery.

Microchipping Your Rescue


Microchipping is now compulsory for all dog owners in the UK. At OAS we have members of staff fully trained to microchip your dog or cat. Please call 01865 890239 to book in your pet.

What is Microchipping?

Microchipping is a simple, safe and quick procedure. It can make all the difference in being reunited with your pet should they go missing. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which can be carried out by OAS, your vet or a trained implanter takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime.

How does a microchip help to reunite a lost pet?

Once your pet is microchipped, you and your pet’s details are stored on a database along with the microchip’s unique 15 digit code. When a missing pet is found, an authorised user (for example a vet or dog warden) will scan the pet revealing the microchip’s unique 15 digit code and contact the microchip database providing the aftercare service. The database operator will perform some security checks before releasing your contact details to the authorised user – so that you and your pet can be reunited.

As a dog owner, you must ensure:

  • Your dog is microchipped and registered with an approved microchip database.
  • Your dog must be microchipped by a veterinary professional or an implanter who has received government approved training.
  • Under the new regulations it is also a requirement that the records must be kept up to date and failure to do so could lead to enforcement action resulting in a ne for non-compliance.

Remember to keep your contact details up to date It is your responsibility as a pet owner to keep your contact details up to date on the microchip database. Please contact your vets for more information.

Non-destruction policy

article-wwd-non-destructionThe Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary maintains a non-destruction policy, which means we never put a healthy animal down.

Although many of the animals in our care find homes within a few weeks, some have more specific requirements which make it harder to find them a home. This can be due to a number of reasons. Some do not like being in a kennel environment and so do not present themselves favourably but are fine outside. Others do have behavioural issues that can be successfully resolved away from the stressful environment of the Sanctuary with effort and commitment on the part of a new owner. Sadly, some are simply regarded as just not ‘pretty’ and are not chosen because of their looks.

At OAS we dont discriminate a dog just because of a difficult histroy. We work to rehabilitate each rescue, giving them the time and undestanding to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Aims & Objectives

Our promise to the animals of Oxfordshire

  • The Animal Sanctuary exists to provide a refuge for dogs, cats rabbits and guinea pigs who have been mistreated, neglected or abandoned and for those whose owners are no longer able to care for their pets.
  • We have a ‘no destruction’ policy for all healthy animals. (The only exception to this rule is in the case of banned breeds.)
  • The Sanctuary has a ‘no refusal policy’ to animals in need. But if the Sanctuary is full and there is no immediate risk to the animal they may be placed on a waiting list for admission
  • For animals admitted to the Sanctuary, we assess their needs and provide them with the best possible care during their stay. In most cases every effort will be made to find stable and loving adoptive homes where each animal’s individual needs can be met.
  • When finding a home for a rescue is not possible, the Sanctuary will become their ‘home for life’.