In February 2021 we said farewell to one of our founding members and Sanctuary stalwart Joyce Graham.

Joyce, who had been involved with the USPCA prior to its closure in April 1996, was one of the inspirational founding members who orchestrated the beginning of a new charity, Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary, having realised the real need for the continuation of animal welfare, education and the rehoming of unwanted and neglected dogs and cats in the area. 

Joyce spent 19 years in the role of Treasurer of the Sanctuary however her role was much, much bigger than this; she was involved in every aspect of the charity and ran most of it from her dining room alongside her beloved rescue dogs.  

Joyce’s name was synonymous of the work, values and commitment of this wonderful Sanctuary.  Of the almost 20,000 dogs, cats and many other animals that have found their forever home have done so in Joyce’s memory and this is something really special.

Joyce was involved in the development of the Sanctuary throughout the last 25 years and its current position as a leading animal welfare charity in Northern Ireland is due to Joyce’s commitment and dedication and will be her lasting legacy.

Tributes will be placed at the Sanctuary in Joyce’s memory, without her we would not be here celebrating our 25th Anniversary year.