Kennels extension officially opened

HUNDREDS of supporters turned out to witness the opening of the new kennel extension, which includes five new dog kennels, a dedicated intake and rehoming area and reception area.

Graeme Reavley, BARK chairman, told of the various ways funds were raised and that BARK had recently been in receipt of two legacies which had helped with the building of the extension. A sizeable contribution had also been received from Northumberland County Council to help with the access road and thanks was extended to Dougie Watkins for supporting BARK’s application.

Particular thanks went to the builders, J D Reavley Ltd, for their help in ensuring the kennels continued to run smoothly during the entire build. Final thanks were given to everyone who had supported BARK over the years as well as thanks to all the past and current volunteers and staff.

Graeme then handed over to Kay Brownlie, MBE, for the official opening. Miss Brownlie said it was an honour to open the kennels. There was then an opportunity for all to view all the animals currently looking for homes.

Dogs looking for homes this week are three-year-old Bear, a lovely soft dog who gets on well with other dogs but because of his size would need to go with older children; Vinnie is a lively liver and white springer and appears to have a wonderful nature but has had a bit of a roaming instinct in the past; Poppy, three, is a black lab; Flynn, two, a longer haired grey and white lurcher; Foxy, an older dog, small to medium in size; Sonic, a one-year-old collie cross, the name says it all; Rhona, nine, short haired tri-coloured border collie; Takara, six, a good natured Akita type; Jack, four and a half, people friendly terrier; Todd, another older dog, a loveable character unless you’re a dog; and of course Kim.

Kim loved our open day last week. She was first at the front trying to persuade people to give her a treat, which we had asked not to be given. She was really well behaved. Let’s hope someone has finally realised she’s missing from their home.

Of course kitten season is now upon us. We have some lovely kittens in varying colours and natures. Kittens leave us at a minimum age of nine weeks. Some of the kittens we have are ready to go now, for others it will be a few weeks. Two older kittens looking for homes are Pinky and Perky. They do not need to go together. They are smart looking tabbies who are both very affectionate. We also have their mum in but she will have to be with us a while as she is expecting another litter. Cats can have up to five litters a year, and by the end of the year the first lot of kittens can have their own families so please get your cats, male and female, neutered.

We also have lots of rabbits, guineas, gerbils, budgies, rats and a ferret looking for good homes. We have rabbits from as young as eight weeks up to three.

Contact details: Kennels: Windmill Way East, Ramparts Business Park, TD15 1TU. Tel: 01289 306299 – www.b-a-r-k.co.uk. Shop: 12 Church Street, Berwick, TD15 1DX. Tel: 01289 309225.