Our Story

Friends of Wallace Kennels (FOWK) was first set up in March 1990 as a small ‘support group’ to help Wallace Kennels.

Wallace Kennels was initially established in 1975 by Vera Robinson as boarding kennels. Over time it became obvious to Vera that there was a severe problem finding a place of refuge for the stray, unwanted and abandoned animals of Brentwood and the surrounding areas. By 1983 Vera had decided to turn the Kennels into a sanctuary and rescue centre for all animals in need, with dogs being a major concern. She was awarded an MBE in 2006 in recognition of her tireless work over many years rescuing, caring for and rehoming these dogs. Vera sadly passed away in 2010, since which time her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Dee Robinson, have run the Kennels.

Wallace Kennels now takes in stray and abandoned dogs from Brentwood and Chelmsford and, sometimes, other surrounding authorities.

Current Position (September 2020)

FOWK is still a relatively small charity, with 200 members as of 31.08.2020. There are currently 8 Committee members and it falls to them to organise all the fund- raising events (see ‘Events’ page).

As well as donating significantly to the day-to-day expenses of running the Kennels, we also pay all the vet’s bills. All dogs are vaccinated, treated for worms and fleas, microchipped and spayed/neutered where necessary. In addition, many dogs come in with various health issues and, where they can be treated, FOWK also pays for those treatments.

FOWK is fortunate to have a hard core of members who regularly help out at our fund-raising events. From time to time we are also lucky enough to receive legacies which have enabled us to support Wallace Kennels to a high standard.

We always welcome new members (aged 18 years+). Joining us does not obligate you to anything else, although we always appreciate help/donations where possible.

Please click here for a downloadable Membership Form which can be sent to our Treasurer, Mrs. J Hadley – details on the form.