About Bark Inn Kennels
Aldridge/Walsall is where you can find Bark Inn Kennels run by Michelle and her team who continually strive to provide a tranquil, safe, cosy environment for the greyhounds in our care.
On the 20th December 2009 Bark Inn kennels opened its doors to its first four legged guest Max and the rest as they say, is history. Although we have experienced highs and lows, we have gone from strength to strength this is due in part to the owners who board their wonderful family members with us and the hard work, care and commitment of Michelle who sets the standard everyone involved with kennels needs to meet.
Bark Inn Kennels is a business run for the benefit of greyhounds. The boarding facility pays for the day to day costs of the kennels and allows us to fund the newly established Bark Inn Greyhound Rehoming Centre through which we care for and home those greyhounds that come to us.
We receive no external funding or grants, working with other organisations or individuals when we can to help care for greyhounds. Everything we do at the kennels is with the welfare of the greyhounds in mind. All funds we raise from the sale of Arkwrights complete food and Greyhound and Lurcher food, sale of toys, leads and from walks and other fund raising events goes towards the cost of veterinary treatment of the greyhounds in need of forever homes.
We aim to provide the best care at a reasonable price for all our boarders without whom we could not do all that we want for this magnificent breed.
“We adopted Douglas the lurcher 5 months ago after initially fostering him. I was given an honest account of any potential dogs up for rehoming and never felt pressured to agree to any. To this day, I know Michelle and Kylie are only a phonecall away for support and advice and I think it’s wonderful that they still care about ex residents, even when they’ve moved on. We live in Leicester but I always recommend Bark Inn for rehoming to friends and family. I love being part of the Bark Inn community.”
“So glad we were told of Bark Inn Kennels !! Molly is our first greyhound and when we came to leave her , we were very nervous …but when we arrived and saw the happy faces of all the other Greys and looked at the whole set up, we knew we would not find anywhere better to leave Molly. The Staff are dedicated to their work and know everything there is to know about Greys…so reassuring… I highly recommend Bark Inn !!”
Meet The Team
We have an amazing team of helpers and supporters at the kennels, please take a moment to read a little bit more about them below.
Michelle Owen | Manager
I have been involved with greyhounds for the past 20 years when we had our first racing greyhound named Penpal back in 1993 who raced at Perry Barr. I finished racing my greyhounds in 2010 and decided I would like to help the retired greyhounds who are looking for there forever home. I have 4 pet greyhounds at home who are my life and my dream job was always to work with greyhounds.
In 2010 I had a chance of running a kennel for Boarding and rehoming greyhounds and decided to take the opportunity with Bark Inn Kennels. This was working tirelessly for the greyhounds in my care to help these beautiful animals, so many greyhounds that have passed through our door looking for there forever home it’s the most rewarding job you can have and I feel I am such a lucky person to have this chance
Gordon McHugh | Administration Officer
Born and bred in Birmingham, growing up the closest I got to greyhounds was watching the occasional race on the television. I got into racing by chance really a night out with colleagues from work lead to us purchasing a share in my first ever greyhound Solid Judicial (Jude RIP my big boy). My perception of greys was that they were vicious powerful animals and I was weary of fussing or walking them without them being muzzled first. That misconception was soon blown away and I found myself addicted to these lovely animals I would never have thought I would give up my Sunday lie in to go walk greyhounds I would religiously go to see them getting withdrawal symptoms when I couldn’t make it.
When I decided to no longer race greyhounds, the opportunity to stay involved with greyhounds was one I couldn’t pass over and the rest as they say is history my life revolves around working at my regular job during the week and the kennels during the weekend and holidays helping out when I can. I have to say sitting in the kennels fussing these wonderful dogs is the best therapy for a stressful week at work it makes all the hard work well worth it.
Juls Farnsworth | Awareness Co-ordinator/Kennelhand
I have 4 Grey’s at home as well as a husky cross! Roxy (dark brindle) was a Bark Inn girl, who we failed fostered back in 2013. The boys are Sparkie, Gizzy and Charlie, they have been with me a little longer. I started walking the dogs for Michelle and the girls back when they were in Baddesley. I then played a part in getting our wonderful premises here in Aldridge ready for these wonderful houndies.
When the opportunity arised to volunteer at the kennels, I jumped at the chance. The rest as they say is history! I am very proud to be part of this wonderful team and love every minute I spend with both my own and the Bark Inn hounds.
Cheryl Jones | Kennelhand
I have been working with animal’s my whole life . I started as a stable hand at a livery yard and now I am working with the wonderful greys at Bark Inn . I never realised what a wonderful and loyal breed they are.I truly enjoy working with these beautiful animals, and to see them go in to their new home is extremely rewarding.
Sophie Savage-Eccles | Kennelhand
Throughout my life so far, I have always been around animals. I knew I wanted to work with animals from a very young age and once I had left school, I immediately starting looking for voluntary work based with dogs. After a year at my first placement, I found Bark Inn Kennels and started volunteering once a week there. I’ve learnt so much about Greyhounds and found them an extremely chilled and loving breed of dog – I now volunteer on a regular bases here, helping the hounds find their forever homes!