The BARK kennels have had to make adjustments, in line with government guidance.

BARK is now cautiously starting rehoming and inviting potential owners to the kennels to view specific animals. We want to reassure you we will continue to follow Government guidelines to keep our animals you and and our staff safe.

Initially:

All potential owners will need to complete an application form from our website. These can be currently be found on the individual animal pages. If there is no link to an application form the animal is not currently looking for a home.

You will be asked to confirm before coming to the kennels and on arrival at the kennels that you do not have any symptoms of Covid, you do not believe you have been in contact with anyone who may have had or has symptoms.

We will offer a strict appointment basis. We will only allow two people from the same household at kennels, sorry no children. Time will need to be limited to 10 minutes in all areas except dogs.

We will have hand cleanser for you to use on arrival and departure from the kennels.

We ask that all visitors bring their own mask and wear it at all times when on premises.

We are still not accepting any donations of food or other animal stuff from ‘houses’ at our kennels. All items would have to be quarantined and we sadly just don’t have the space. Our shop is taking donation of items to sell in our shop. We would ask that you go to the back of our shop (via the Maltings Car Park) All items will be quarantined for a minimum 72 hours.

These guidelines are subject to change without notice.

More details on current guidelines or what to do if you have any concerns can be found at  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches

Please before looking for, and hopefully finding a pet from our care, read and think about Things to consider before adoption.

Dogs that need homes
Cats that need homes
Other Animals that need homes

Please also consider this

Will You Help Me Unpack?

Now that I’m home, bathed, settled and fed,
and all nicely tucked in my warm new bed,
I should unpack my baggage, lest I forget,
There is so much to carry, so much to regret…

Hmm…Yes there it is, right on top, let’s first unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear and hides Shame,
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave,
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
but I wasn’t good enough for they didn’t want me.
Will you add to my baggage? Will you help me unpack?
Or recoil from my things and take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage, and never repack?
I pray that you do, for I’m so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage, do you still want me?

By Evelyn Colbath