Animal Welfare Furness seeks to open ‘must have’ kennels in Barrow

A NEW kennel could soon open in Barrow as a charity seeks to launch a ‘must have’ facility in the area.

Animal Welfare Furness is looking to open a new kennel in the borough that will provide housing for the dogs.

Animal Welfare Furness committee member Nat Welham has revealed plans for the kennels which will be funded by donations and sponsors.

The charity currently has a cattery in Rawlinson Street in Barrow as well as shops in Dalton Road and Upper Brook Street in Ulverston.

Nat, who is also a community champion at Tesco Extra, said the charity was looking for land to house the kennels which will be a ‘safe place’ for the dogs.

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He said: “We want our own kennels in the borough and are currently trying to find the right place.

“This will be another fundraising project and we will need our own capital as well as funds from other organisations.”

Currently there is a council run kennel in Walney which operates by appointment only.

Couple Kieran and Kate Mason also opened a new kennel earlier this year in Barrow, known as ‘Roanhead Kennels’.

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The facility, which is based in Hawthwaite Lane, includes an outdoor run and exercise area for the dogs to spend the night.

Nat said the charity was looking for a site with at least three acres of land to house up to six dogs.

He said: “We plan to create a form of facility that should be up to today’s standards.

“We were looking for land and couldn’t get anything reasonably priced to buy.

“We want a minimum three acre site that can accommodate up to six dogs and a separate isolation area. And over time, we want a space that we can build on something different.

“It would provide a safe zone for the dogs. With the way things are right now, that’s something that’s needed.

“It will be a big project; we have funds for that, but we need to have capital elsewhere.

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