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Kennel & Cattery Design
was started in 2000
by Kay & David Key
a source of advice, information & hands-on help...
... to everyone thinking about building,
upgrading or maintaining a kennels or cattery.
Our mission is to raise the
standards, expectations & design
of kennels and catteries
We help give you the information & support you need to build the best
standard of kennels or cattery you can, to match your & your dogs' and
cats' needs, create a building that is easy to maintain and one in
which the design helps reduce stress and promote a healthy environment
It is important that you spend your build money wisely, whatever your kennels
will be used for, and we want to help ensure that you have the means
to do this with our Books, eBooks, Kits, Membership,
Reports, Blueprints & Building Specification Manual and Consultancy.
We want you to be highly successful and for you & your customers to
be delighted with your kennels!
We encourage you to think deeply about
the style & quality of business you want to set up...
...as quality & caring kennels are
greatly and increasingly in demand.
We know how difficult it has been for people to find this information, (imagine
every potential kennel or cattery owner individually looking for these
answers!) and we often hear "is it right
for me" and "where do I start?"
We are the ONLY indepth resource focusing on kennel & cattery
design, planning/ zoning & construction
We provide information, advice & designs and the knowledge
to choose between ALL the options to find the best one
We do not manufacture - manufacturers only provide
a view on their own products!
The Kennel & Cattery Charity Design Forum was
founded by David
Our books are used as a college/university text books and
by national & international Animal Welfare Charities, Rescues,
Vets, Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, potential Kennel Owners,
Boarding, Breeders, Groomers, Environmental Health Officers, Licensing
Officers & Dog Wardens, Police, Customs & Defence.
We WANT to save you money, time & stress!
We WANT to help ensure you only buy things relevant or
essential to your situation!
Kay (left) combines her passion
welfare with website/book publishing.
To get the information 'out there' it must be easy-to-find, read and enjoyable. Inspiration
and ideas are vital in creating enthusiasm and motivation in our
future kennel and cattery owners!
David's specialist knowledge & passion of combining
animal welfare & construction - to balance animals' needs & investment
costs is unique
(left) is a Consultant in Kennel and Cattery Design.
He has advised thousands of
potential & existing kennel and cattery owners worldwide.
David is the author of:
Kennel Design (March 2000)
over 20 years David has also been responsible for The
Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity animal and staff buildings
and property at their cat and dog adoption, companion animal
and equine rescue and rehoming centres.
During this time David founded an Animal
Welfare Charity Design Forum, with the aim of sharing
information between leading national animal welfare charities
in the UK to prevent costly design, materials or building mistakes.
David has been professionally involved
with animals for over 30 years. His experience spans
companion animals, wildlife and wild animals and he has provided
guidance and advice to animal welfare organizations, rescues,
boarding, veterinary clinics and animal hospitals, quarantine,
architects, police forces, customs and excise, breeding and
David’s interest started by helping out with
a friend’s show kennels while still at school, and occasionally
working with the local RSPCA Inspector. This progressed to working
at local boarding kennels and cattery for over 10 years and later
at a zoological gardens.
This unusual combination of animal work
and practical skills developed into an interest in buildings,
particularly relating to animal accommodation.
When not writing books, looking after Blue Cross
property and advising people on cattery and kennel design, David
manages to squeeze in some time for cross-country skiing and
mountaineering in Norway, Greenland and Canada.
Animal welfare charities need to be at the forefront
of design & specification standards for many reasons:
- They must ensure the most efficient
finishes & designsare used because of their harsh, busy,
- Being charities, they have limited funds to deal with, and
need to keep costs to a minimum
- The sheer volume & turnoverof animals requires the best
designs & finishes
David is in contact with many of the larger charities
who may run tens or even hundreds of sanctuaries/ centres, and
therefore have far more experience of differing needs than any
one solitary kennel owner can have.
This benefits you, as through the Kennel Design book and website
this knowledge can be shared with everyone involved with kennel
We look forward to helping you reach the animal welfare standards everyone
should aim for when running a cattery - for yourselves, your animals and
the success of your organisation.
Kay runs the business on a day-to-day basis, and David provides
consultancy and technical building
advice, as well as continuing to look at design issues, construction methods
and materials that help to improve animal welfare accommodation. We live
in Oxfordshire, UK with our much loved rescue dogs and cats
We do hope you enjoy the website & that it helps you realise your dream.
Good luck, and keep in touch!