Friends of Wallace Kennels (FOWK) was first set up in March 1990 as a small ‘support group’ to help Wallace Kennels. We were officially inaugurated as a charity in February 1993.
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 (April 2018)
FOWK is still a relatively small charity, with 190 members as of January 2018. There are currently 7 Committee members (with room for 3 more), 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, until now, have enabled us to support Wallace Kennels to a high standard. However, we are now running seriously short of funds: our Expenditure for the year ended March 2018 was £57,200 (veterinary fees accounting for £35,000) compared with Income of £27,400 and we had to supplement our expenditure by way of savings from previous years.
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.