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Mr and Mrs Glascoe moved here in 1959 to the then known Broom Cottage later becoming Viking Oak, with their daughter Maureen their pekingese called Peke and border collie Sue. Soon after they were approached by RSPCA Inspector Alex King about the possibility of perhaps saving abandoned dogs and cats, as they had enough land, it snow balled from there.
Saving badly neglected dogs and cats, nursing them back to health untill they could be rehomed, this was financed out of their own pockets, no funding was then available, hence they started Boarding dogs and cats to fund the forever spiralling costs of unwanted pets untill they could be placed in to new homes. Still in the families hands after 56 years now in the fourth generation, priding themselves in their Boarding facilities and still saving poor abandoned strays, the situation has'nt really improved for them.
Boarding now heavily finances the strays giving them veterinary help, nourishment, and are given utter love and devotion from the staff untill placed into their forever homes.
See below some of our snap shots from the past:
Here is a picture of Alf and Sally Glascoe.
The founders of Viking Oak Kennels
Aswell as taking care of dogs and cats Alf and Sally seen to the right of the picture often found an array of differnet animals dumped at the bottom of the drive. Chickens, goats, Rabbits and boxes of kittens.
Here is a picture of Sally Glascoe and Winifred Bains seen centre with two kennel maids Georgina and Sandra.
Here is Alf Glascoe seen with a lion cub.
Alf here is seen holding two kittens with RSPCA Inspector Nurse.
Alf and Sallys daughter Maureen is seen here brushing a Jack russel terrier.
To this day our staff are still dedicated and committed to the on going care of the dogs both in Boarding and in need. Here is a few recent pictures of our staff giving their all to keep the dogs searching for their new homes content and happy whilst here, also our boarding cats and dogs treated as if they were our own:
All our kennels are large and heated to ensure our dogs comfort all year round. The kennels also have individual runs attached which are covered and weatherproof. We also have a well stocked food preparation room to cater for the majority of dogs and a good selection is also carried for the boarding cats.
We have over 50 years experience, modern kennels with clean and comfortable surroundings set in eight acres of woodlands. We have dedicated staff who work year round to care for both your and our animals, we are open seven days including bank holidays. Dog Accesssories are also available at reception and we can now offer a microchipping service to safe gaurd your pet.