Brysons Animal Shelter
Who are we?
Our goal is to provide temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished animals, and to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes. Although our registered name is NCHPS, we are more commonly known as ‘Brysons’ – after our founders the late Bill and Marion Bryson. Our registered charity number is 227361.
Find out who we are and what we do
Our shelter is spread over two sites, one for horses and the other, main site, for dogs, cats and small animals. The main site, which is shown in the picture, is a converted school building. Barrington School as it was known stood on the site from 1867 and got it’s name from Rev. Shute Barrington, Bishop of Durham who was a notable patron of education in the diocese of Durham.
If you wish to visit the shelter then please come to the main site and go to the reception area. Alternatively you can contact us by letter, email or telephone using the information on this page. For urgent enquiries please telephone us. General enquiries using email will usually be answered within a few days.
The Society was founded in 1947 by the late Bill & Marion Bryson to provide sanctuary and a home of rest for retired and ill-treated horses and ponies.
Over the years the society has expanded and now also provides a shelter for dogs, cats, goats and other animals.
The majority of the animals in our care may have been ill-treated, abandoned or their owner may have died leaving no one to care for them. Others may have simply been lost and their owner cannot be traced.