Meet The Team

Abbots leigh kennels - Petra

Hello, My name is Petra and I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to you.

Before I took up the great position of manager at Abbots Leigh boarding kennels I was lucky enough to work at a very local animal sanctuary called Holly Hedge.


I started by taking in a stray dog, then became a volunteer and was soon asked to become a member of staff. I worked in all areas including within the office, helping out in the kennels & Cattery, and providing one on one care with the animals.

I felt all areas were just as important for the animals care and welfare and now I have combined all my experience and knowledge into one position here. I have over time taken part in wildlife, dog and cat first aid courses and also gained a diploma in animal care as well as fostering many puppies to give them extra TLC and hand rearing 4×1 day old kittens for a couple of weeks until their 6 month old mummy had relaxed and gained enough experience that my services were no longer needed.

Nervous and upset animals were never a problem as I understand we all have things we like and dislike whether we are human or a dog or cat so I never once refused to work with any of the animals at Holly Hedge. I just made sure I spent extra time learning how to make them happy.

Although I have been the manager for over 4 years now, there is still never a dull moment and I love how different each day can be. If I’m not working I am knitting or sewing toys, coats, bedding and blankets for my furry clients to use during their holiday and I also volunteer once a week at the Bristol Dogs Home sewing group making beds to sell for this great cause. I also love spending time with my own dog Jasmine and we both really enjoyed doing the Shaun the sheep trail.


Hi, my name is Tamara. I have been a Kennel Assistant here for a short period of time but have been volunteering here since October of 2016.  I have finished my Level 2 Animal care with a Distinction* and I am now studying Level 3 Animal Management.When I finish college I would really like to go into rehabilitation, specifically hydrotherapy.

I have loved animals all my life and always knew I wanted to pursue a career in them. I love my job here at Abbots Leigh Kennels, and cant wait to meet you and your furry babies!



Hi my name is Lucy I am an animal care assistant here at Abbots Leigh kennels. I am very proud to be part of the team.


I love meeting and getting to know all the animals who stay with us. They are all so unique.I am from London but have been living in Bristol most of my adult life. My two big interests are Motorbikes and of course animals (all kinds). I have always lived with dogs and cats since days one. Being at work feels like a larger version of home.


I will look after your pets like I would my own.



I’m Ben and I have recently started working at Abbots Leigh Kennels as an animal care assistant.

I grew upon a little village in the Midlands and was constantly surrounded by dogs, cats,chickens and sheep.
I moved to Bristol for University and never managed to escape although I will always be a country boy at heart.
People are fantastic but you will never find a more honest or better judgement than from our furry friends.

In my spare time I love riding around on my motorbike and playing sport.



Hi my name is Donna, I have been a part-time animal care assistant here, at Abbots Leigh Kennels for a short time.

I joined the team in December 2018, and I love my job!

I am looking to extend the knowledge I have gained from the team here at Abbots Leigh Kennels, and complete a level 2 animal management course.

I have always had a passion for animal care, and have a large fur baby family of my own!

It was a dream come true for me, when I was given the opportunity to turn my passion into a career.

So please come along and say Hi, I can’t wait to meet you!


We look forward to meeting you and your pets very soon!