Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary

Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary

Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, based in Antrim, which was the first educational equine welfare charity to have been set up in N.Ireland, began as a response to an inadequate animal welfare system. Since being granted charitable status in 1996, it has brought equine welfare to the fore. It is committed to promoting awareness and knowledge of animal welfare issues throughout the province. The charity is concerned with the rescue and rehabilitation of animals, in particular horses and ponies but also dogs, cats and chickens, that have been abused and neglected.

It is widely recognised that horses, in particular, possess the ability to interact with people on a unique level. They provide a constant, non-judgemental, enthusiastic friendship which can in turn produce therapeutic benefit. CLAS runs Animals Helping People  programs as a means of helping and educating the wider community about our equine friends and why they deserve our love and respect. Young people of all abilities and those from deprived or disadvantaged backgrounds are just some of the visiting groups. CLAS has worked with many groups including Youth Justice Agency, Probation Board for Northern Ireland,NIACRO (Northern Ireland Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders), colleges and schools. Working with rehabilitated abused animals can provide an opportunity for children and young people to nurture, learn about responsibility and respect, whilst building confidence and motivation. Our workshops capitalise on the equine-human bond by encouraging the socially excluded to engage with others through their one common interest – animals – therefore teaching respect and trust whilst learning new skills.

At CLAS the animals are encouraged, wherever possible, to ‘earn their keep’ and following a comprehensive training period, many of our horses participate in the Animals Helping People Programs, Animal Care Courses, Pony Parties, Own a Pony Experiences, Coffee Mornings & Afternoons and Community Events. A purpose built log cabin has been built on site and is an ideal venue for meetings and visits from schools, folds, clubs such as Art and Photographic, therapy groups etc. 


CLAS provides:

  • Coffee Mornings & Afternoons,
  • Animal Care Workshops,
  • Animals Helping People Programs,
  • Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-homing
  • Log Cabin meeting room for groups.

Opening hours

Due to the nature of the work carried out at the sanctuary, visits by the public are by appointment only. Crosskennan hold Open Days and events which are advertised in local papers and on the Facebook page and website.

Contact Details

NICVA will not disclose any contact details further to those published by the organisation below.


26 Crosskennan Lane
Co Antrim
BT41 2QY
United Kingdom


028 9446 5384

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