Charity Registered in England No: 1143967 – Friends of Birkenhead Council Kennels
Birkenhead Council kennels are over 50 years old. The Council is one of only half a dozen authorities in the UK which take in strays and abandoned dogs, apart from any statutory responses to the dangerous Dogs Act etc. Years of tight budgetary constraints and the many demands on Council funds has meant that the kennels have never been in a position to carry out much needed improvements, nor, in the last few years to have the necessary maintenance work to the existing structure completed. As a result the current conditions for housing the dogs and tending to their needs, some of them are in poor condition when found, is extremely poor. The fabric and services are in need of repair and it has not been possible to provide runs and areas where the dogs can exercise and play. It has only been through the devotion and training of the kennel staff that they manage to carry on and keep the dogs well in what are very trying conditions.
The Friends of Birkenhead Council Kennels were formed after a Facebook appeal collected over 4000 signatures to present a petition to the Council. The strength of the petition was such that some Councillors immediately voted to donate a small sum from the already overstretched Council Finances to help with rebuilding and repair work. These funds were given to the Friends to administer. From that stage onwards the Friends were propelled forward by the support of the people of Wirral expressed in donations of all sorts, blankets, food and of course cash gifts were made.
The Committee formed to take care of running the appeal eventually was recognised as a registered charity in September 2011. The Charity has adopted two major aims. In the short term the conditions of the existing facility in Corporation Road are being improved as far as possible with tiling work, electrical and water supplies, a new washer and a host of other minor jobs to bring the existing facility up to date as far as possible. In the long term, the Charity recognises that the existing facility can only be made barely adequate given the site it now occupies and so is intent on raising funds to rebuild the kennels with all of the facilities it now lacks on a new site, so that the dogs can be given a much improved environment. To this end we organise or attend events and encourage donations in order that we can meet the goals which the public demand of us. Our heartfelt thanks, on behalf of the dogs, go out to all those who have contributed so far and to all of the volunteers who help run our events. Every penny we and they raise, goes on the Charity’s work, since everyone, including all of the Committee members, is a volunteer, giving their time freely.