Meet the Team
Geoff & Karen Owners
Geoff & Karen have owned Farcroft since July 2012. We currently own 5 dogs of our own, a RottweilerXmastiff, A RottweilerXGerman Shephard, a Boerboel, a Mastiff cross & a Patterdale, 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 10 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 all the 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 10 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. In 2019 & 2022 we achieved 5 star rating from Maldon Council for our kennels & catteries which is the highest rating you can achieve, which we are both very proud off.
Geoff is left a career in recruitment in London to purchase Farcroft, he holds his Level 3 in Canine Hydrotherapy, a Pet First Aid certificate and has completed a course in Canine Emotion and Cognition. He has just started a Learning, Motivation and Reinforement, understanding and working with canine behaviour which is a level 3 ofqual accredited qualification. He spends most of his time in the background at Farcroft making sure things run smoothly
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 Kerri & Natalie and does most of the bookings. Karen is also a qualified pet first aider. Karen holds a Level 3 Ofqual Accredited Dipolma in Professional Dog Day Care & Boarding and also a Level 3 Ofqual Accredited Diploma in Feline, Behaviour, Care & Welfare.
Kerri ( Senior Manager)
Kerri has joined the management team in February 2020 after sadly Sarah's resignation due to ill health from Farcroft after a massive 13 years here. She then took over as senior manager in April 2022.
Kerri brings with her a wealth of experience in the pet world. Her first ever job was as a kennel assistant at a local kennels but she is probably better known to many of you through her work until recently as the head trainer at Burnham and District Dog Training. Kerri also holds a pet first aid and has many pet qualifactions which also include dog training and behavioural.
Kerri also runs the dog training classes here on a Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Farcroft are very pleased to have her join our team and are sure she will be a very big asset.
Natalie has just joined Farcroft March 2022 as part of the managerment team. Natalie has lots of experiance working with rescue dogs at a rescue centre and also has experiance working with small animals. She holds a level 3 ofqual accredited Diploma from Writtle College in Animal care. You will see Natalie over the coming months learning the diffrent job roles here and we are very pleased to have her join our team
Trudy (Kennel Assistant)
Trudy is Geoff & Karen's daughter, She owns her own dog Roxy. Trudy has been working at the kennels since July 2018 where she did weekend and school holiday cover. She has now started her Level 3 in Animal Welfare. She also helps Karen with the night checks and is learning the different roles quickly and has become a asset to the team. Trudy is also a pet first aider.
Abigail (Kennel Assistant)
Abigail joined the Farcroft team in Aug 2021. She has a level 3 Diploma in Animal Care from Writtle College. She has a passion for cats and owns Daisy. She spends most of her time here at Farcroft with our feline guests making sure they are happy and well cared for during their stay with us. She is also a pet first aid in cats and dogs.
Alex (Kennel Assistant)
Alex started here in May 2021 as a weekend member of staff. He enjoyed working with the dogs so much he decided to start his level 2 apprenticeship with us in November 2021. Alex completed his level 2 in 2023 and is now a full time member of staff. He owns 2 dogs, one being a difficult rescue who took a shine to Alex while boarding here. He works mainly with the dogs and has lots of experiance with rescues.
Cerys (Kennel Assistant)
Cerys has joined our team April 2022. She might be known to some of our customers as she has been doing work experiance with a local dog walker for her college course. She is studying her level 3 Animal Managerment at Writtle college and is in her 2nd year. She will be seen at Farcroft on the weekends and school holidays and we are pleased she has joined our team.
Zoe ( Kennel Assistant)
Zoe joined Farcroft in August 2022. She has a level 3 diploma in Animal Welfare from Writtle collage and is now a full time member of staff here. She also works part time with exotic pets. She has become a natural with our guests. We are pleased to have her join our team.
Paige (Kennel Assistant)
Paige joined Farcroft in October 2022. She has a level 3 diploma in Animal care and also a level 3 in dog grooming. Over the years she has worked in various animal settings including kennels, catteries, dog grooming palour and vets, so comes with lots of knowledge and experiance. She has started working closely with our feline friends and is just completed her pet 1st aid. We are pleased to have her join our team.
Tori (Kennel Assistant)
Tori started here at Farcroft in Feb 2023 as a weekend member of staff. She is currently studying a level 3 diploma in Animal Welfare at Writtle College. Tori has a passion for Exotic animals and owns quite a few. She has fitted in nicely with the team.