About Fen Bank Greyhound Sanctuary
Fen Bank Greyhound Sanctuary is a registered charity dedicated to the protection and re-homing of ex-racing Greyhounds. We are based at Friskney near Skegness in South Lincolnshire, and were established in December 1997 by Sandra Davis. The Sanctuary, which obtained independent registered charity status in 1998, provides comfortable spacious accommodation for some 30 greyhounds of all ages who have come from all over the United Kingdom. We take in dogs from many sources - trainers, owners, the police, the RSPCA and other welfare groups. Some are cruelty cases, including dogs with physical and emotional scars, dangerously underweight dogs, and dogs seriously ill from neglect.
Fen Bank Greyhound Sanctuary does not support or condone greyhound racing. However, the Sanctuary was founded to be ďfor the rescue and rehabilitation of ex-racing greyhounds in needĒ. The Sanctuary therefore has to maintain links with individuals and organisations within greyhound racing to be able to provide the best possible chance of successfully meeting its aims.
Fen Bank is open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm (other times by appointment) - we are waiting for your visit! We are closed all day every Tuesday and Wednesday to allow time for deep-cleaning of the kennels and socialising the dogs.
Each pair of greyhounds has a warm kennel, their own run, and in addition there are three large galloping paddocks for free exercise, one of which is covered in several inches of sand. All dogs are walked almost every day and as far as possible they are treated like the pets they are destined to become.
We provide fully-supported homing and follow-up programmes for every greyhound, including vetting procedures and a help line. All our dogs are neutered, inoculated, wormed, health checked and micro-chipped before being placed in a new home. Although we do our best to ensure that our greyhound adoptions go smoothly for both new owner and dog, there are occasions when a homing fails, and we then insist that dogs MUST come back to Fen Bank. A Fen Bank dog is a dog for life.
As an independent registered charity, the Sanctuary relies on donations as well as a programme of events during the year to continue to support the dogs in our care. We are members of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes and our Honorary Friends are Clarissa Baldwin OBE, Annette Crosbie OBE, John Curran and Mary Evans MBE.
The Sanctuary is managed by Mick Fern, with the support of Kennel Assistants Debbie Perham, Sue Card and Jess Evans. Tim Underhill helps us with maintenance, vet runs and provides other valuable assistance, and the Sanctuary is left overnight in the capable hands of June Watts and her partner Adrian Dack. We also are very grateful for the support of our regular volunteers who provide day-to-day care of the dogs and give them the extra attention that they would otherwise miss, and to our Founder Sandra Davis who continues to provide invaluable assistance with greyhound welfare matters, co-ordination of incoming dogs, home checking and many other aspects of the charity. We are fortunate in also having the support of a number of other volunteers helping with events and at our Charity Shop, in Alford, Lincs, where there are a great team of ladies who do a fantastic job in raising a huge amount of money for these lovely longtails.
Jill Kirby is our unpaid Treasurer and Secretary.
The ultimate responsibility for Fen Bank Greyhound Sanctuary rests with the Board of Trustees: Graham Fountain (chair and shop), Paul Bryan (vice-chair, public relations and sanctuary house), Mary Bright (fundraising), Alan Hudson (IT, web and newsletter), and Stella Pullum (kennels).
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A Day at Fen Bank by Grace