Welcome to LittleHill Animal Rescue & Sanctuary


Please do NOT use the PayPal donate button on this page, as it is not operational – you can donate via the above link to sponsor.ie – THANKS!



Based in Kildare, Littlehill Rescue and Sanctuary undertakes to rescue and re-home abandoned, abused and neglected dogs, cats and horses. The odd turkey, duck, and pigeon has also been rehabilitated at various stages of its existence! Recently, several hundred ex-battery hens have been rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed. This charity is funded entirely by donations, and by the resources of its founder, Susan Anderson, who has worked tirelessly for the past 20+ years to make the world a better place for animals.

February 2014 UPDATE

We have been extremely busy in the weeks before and after Christmas, rescuing dogs on death row in various pounds around the country. We are glad to be able to report that we have rehomed the majority of them!  However, we have a few with medical issues that will have to be resolved before they can be rehomed. Like little Peggy, below, who has become a celebrity, following features in several newspapers. Peggy is awaiting complex leg surgery for displaced knee-caps and hips – she is only a few months old, and is unable to walk, so the surgeries will turn her life around. Peggy was taken from a pound, where she was due to be put to sleep.  She is now living the high life at the Sanctuary!


Follow Peggy’s progress on our Facebook page

battery hens

Operation Hen Rescue

Monday 9th September 2013

7000  one-year-old battery hens are being culled from a farm in Laois on Monday. We will be taking as many as we can, and anyone who can give a home to 2 or more of these girls can contact us by email. They will need to be collected on Monday evening in Laois.


If you can offer one of our dogs, cats, hens, ponies etc. a loving home, please read our rehoming policy on our adoptions page.



August 2013 – We are completely full, and cannot take any more cats, kittens, dogs or puppies until further notice.  We will update this page when we are in a position to resume taking animals in danger.


We have received numerous reports of dogs being stolen from houses and gardens – these dogs are often taken by unscrupulous people who use them as bait to blood fighting dogs.  Please be vigilant and make sure to keep your dogs secure at all times.


We have been asked where people can donate to help with the care of all our rescues. We really appreciate your generosity and so here are some ways. If you would like to help with our vet bills you can contact Troytown Equine Hospital on (045)521686 or Cottage Veterinary Clinic on (045)434848 and donate by debit/credit card or cheque. You can also donate through our fundraising page on Sponsor.ie or email us for Littlehill bank account details. If you would like to donate a bag of dog food you can contact Husse Ireland on 1800750750 and let them know it’s for us. Finally but most importantly of all, THANK YOU to those of you who have donated in the past or would like to donate now. We hope you know that your kindness has made the lives of our rescues profoundly better.


Raising much needed funds

Littlehill on tour!
We depend on the generosity of the public for all of our income. We receive no government funding, and without the help and generosity of our supporters and fosterers, we would not be able to continue our work in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming neglected and unwanted animals.

We were granted permits for a few days to fundraise in Dublin, and thanks to the overwhelming generosity of you, the animal lovers who support us, we will be able to clear some of our huge feed, hay and vet bills. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to those fantastic people who foster animals for us, while we find homes for them, mainly through social media. All of our rescued animals are neutered, microchipped, wormed and vaccinated before being re-homed.

Thank you for your generosity!