Meet the Team
Geoff & Karen Owners
Geoff & Karen have owned Farcroft since July 2012. We currently own 4 dogs of our own, a RottweilerXmastiff, A RottweilerXGerman Shephard, a Boerboel & 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 7 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 8 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 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 5 dogs so is kept very busy. She works full time with the cats and dogs along side Megan & Kerri 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.
Megan did a weeks work experience with us and was a natural with the animals. She Joined our team in July 2014 working Sunday's and holiday's. In Feb 2015 she become our second ever apprentice studying both 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 a pet first aider . 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.
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.
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
As she progresses with her training in her role here at Farcroft, you will see her more in reception booking pets in and out.
Farcroft are very pleased to have her join our team and are sure she will be a very big asset.
Jess (Full timer)
Jess was Farcroft's weekend girl back in 2017. She left to go to University but come back in the summer holidays to help out when extra staff was needed or to cover. She has recently finished her degree and has come back on a full time basis for the next 6 - 12 months. She is very experianced with the dogs and cats and we are please she has decided to come back for a while. Jess is also a pet first aider
Ashleigh (Full timer)
Ashleigh has a level 3 Diploma in Animal Care from Writtle College.She has had some experiance working in kennels while on this course and loved it so much that she decided this is where she wants to be. She joined our team in September 2020 and has been a natural with the dogs and cats in our care. Ashleigh is also a pet first aider.
Trudy is Geoff & Karen's daughter, She owns her own dog Roxy and has just begun her level 2 diploma in Animal Welfare as an apprentice. 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.