The Island Sanctuary has been in operation for over 25 years, catering for the needs of stray and abandoned dogs in Malta. It was originally founded and registered as a charity organisation under the name of  Animal Samaritans in 1986 on Manoel Island. With the granting of an official lease to use Fort Tas-Silg, Delimara on 31st August 1991, the Animal Samaritans re-located to a more suitable and beneficial environment and changed its name to The Island Sanctuary. The Island Sanctuary is listed as a Voluntary Organisation, Identification number:  VO/0038 with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.

The Sanctuary is supported by the generous contributions of the public and a number of volunteers who dedicate their time to the running of the Sanctuary and the welfare of the numerous dogs within. The Island Sanctuary Association is proud to be able to make a difference.