Animal Lifeline

Animal Lifeline approached Kennelbuild with a brief to upgrade the existing 44 kennel units housed in three separate buildings. The units formed the main accommodation


TV presenter Wendy Turner Webster is pictured at the formal opening of a £50,000-plus upgrade of the Animal Lifeline Dog Rescue kennels near Cellerhead. Wendy also officially opened the charity’s Garden Party at the Serendipity kennels, which raised an amazing £2,313  a record for the event. Wendy, Animal Lifeline’s patron, is the former presenter of TV’s Pet Rescue series and she is also a very successful author. She came along on her birthday to support the event.

“The refurbishment is a major milestone for us,” said Cassie Fletcher, one of the charity’s Trustees. “We have been able to make the kennels more comfortable, secure and weatherproof for the dogs thanks to a very generous bequest specifically for this purpose. “This is our 36 year of rescuing and re-homing dogs in the North Staffs area and in that time we have probably saved about 10,000 little lives. The improvements at the kennels help ensure our dogs always receive the best of care while they are with us. “We are very grateful to Wendy for coming along to support us on her birthday. It was good of her to give up her time on such a special day. We also thank our fantastic team of volunteers, who worked so hard to make the event such a great success, and the many supporters who attended.”



It is now more than 10 years since Lifeline moved to its Serendipity Kennels at Cellerhead and constant use and sometimes harsh weather meant the accommodation was badly in need of improvements.Thanks to a generous bequest made specifically for kennel refurbishment, work began on providing better accommodation for the dogs, including new floor surfaces, easy-wipe plastic wall cladding, safer pen-doors and extended canopies along the kennels to protect the dogs, staff and visitors in bad weather.

“The improvements have been a big help,” said co-manager Steve Woodward. “ It is now much easier to clean the kennels and the upgrade provides a better, warmer and safer environment for the dogs.’

The work so far is part of an on-going programme of maintenance and improvements. “ We feel that the level of care we provide for our dogs is very high and compares well with some of the national rescue agencies,’ said Cassie Fletcher, one of Lifeline’s Trustees.

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