Meet the Team
Geoff & Karen Owners
Geoff & Karen have owned Farcroft since July 2012. We currently own 4 dogs of our own, 2 wirehaired Vizsla's, 1 smooth Vizsla and a RottweilerXmastiff, in the past we owned 3 cats and we also have 3 children.
We took over Farcroft with one thing in mind, how we would like our own pets cared for. We will do our very best to adapt to suit our guests needs and continue to improve the facilities to make it more of a home from home and stress free experiance. We are very proud of what we have managed to change over the past 5 years (those who have been using Farcroft prior to 2012 can see the amount of work we have done) with work & more plans still on going.
The main difference from other kennels is there are many qualified full time and part time staff here to help clean, walk and play with the pets in our care. Most of the staff have started here as an apprentice then have been offered a full time job once qualified. All dogs are walked twice per day around our 4 1/2 acres of fields which includes a small woodlands, there is also an all weather menage for off lead play and 2 gardens. We also offer an off site 1 hour extra walk at an additional cost with a member of staff so that the dogs know the person who is walking them. The cats are also given a chance to come out of their pens twice a day and both catteries have pet rescue plug in's to help keep them calm with all pens equipped with cat scratchers and toys for enrichment.
Over the past 5 years we have built up a good relationship with the local vets in the area with some even using us to care for their own pets.
Farcroft has 28 kennels and 25 cat pens (8 brand new pens which were built to a very high standard in March 2017) Farcroft is licensed by Maldon Council who carry out annual inspections. We are also members of ALIKC where we attend annual kennel & cattery conferences.
Geoff is the general handyman and dogsbody at Farcroft. He passed his Canine Hydrotherapy in May 2013 and runs the hydrotherapy at Farcroft. He also offers pet taxi to and from the kennels and also offers off site walks at an hour a time for boarders. Geoff also holds a pet first aid qualification.
Karen left her career in nursing to run Farcroft.She has 3 children and 4 dogs so is kept very busy. She works full time with the cats and dogs along side Sarah and does most of the bookings. Karen is also pet first aided.
Megan did a weeks work experience with us and was a natural with the animals. She Joined our team in July 2014 and was working Sunday's and holiday's. In Feb 2015 she become our second apprentice studying her Level 2 & 3 Diploma in Animal Care. In April 2016 she passed her Level 2 and in November 2017 she passed her Level 3. She is looking to start her level 4 degree in 2018.She has also attended a pet first aid course in Nov 2015. Megan has recently been promoted to manager due to Sarah stepping down from the role due to ill health, meaning she is in charge of the other staff and overall pets care while they stay and will be seen in reception booking pets in and out.
Sarah was the manager at Farcroft but due to ill health she has recently had to step down from this role. Sarah is a real asset to Farcroft bringing with her over 11 years of experience here, so we are very pleased we have worked out a way for her to stay as part of our team. There is not much she can't deal with (except spiders!) whether its a nervous dog that needs help to settle or an elderly cat that needs things making a little easier to get around the pen - Sarah has dealt with them all. Sarah is also pet first aided.
She is best summed up by one of our regular customers ( a retired dog warden herself) as, "an absolute treasure who really cares about the animals."
Bethany was Farcroft's third apprentice starting here Jan 2016. In March 2017 she completed and passed her level 2 Diploma in Animal Care. She was offered a part time position in the kennels where she works 3 days and the other 2 days she has moved over to Hydrotherapy and has just begun her training.
Charlotte joined the team in Jan 2015. Charlotte works the weekends and school holidays mainly with our cat guests in the catteries. However she has now taken a full time position here taking over from Bradley. Charlotte owns 2 dogs and has just received a 2.1 Hons Degree in Animal Management at Writtle College and her Masters from Cambridge University.
Kylie has already got a level 3 diploma in animal care from Writtle College. Working in rescue kennels and then gaining a job as kennel assistant for another kennels in Essex. She has joined our team in Feb 2018 as a full time member of staff and is currently in training working with both the cats and the dogs.
Katie is in her 2nd year at Writtle College doing a degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy. She started here in July 2017 and will be working Sunday's and holidays.
Trudy is Geoff & Karen's daughter, she will be working weekends and school holidays and taking over from Charlotte who is moving full time.
New apprentice starting July 2018
James is Geoff & Karen's son. He has just gone to university in Sept 2014 to study Psychology. He works at Farcroft as a dog walker during the school holidays.
Tracey is the owner of Just Paw-fect dog grooming which is based at Farcroft. More details about Tracey and how to book can be found here: http://www.farcroftkennels.com/just-pawfect-grooming-at-farcroft/