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 & Cattery 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 Lisa, I am Assistant Manager here at Abbots Leigh kennels and Cattery. I have completed a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management at Filton (SGS College). I have always been passionate about animals and have 2 of my own cats.

I started my work with animals by volunteering at Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary going on to being employed there part time. I am always looking to expand my knowledge and have attended multiple courses in animal first aid and dog behaviour.

In my spare time, I also enjoy reading, cycling and photography.


Hi all, my name is Ellie, I gained a Distinction* grade from studying Level 3 Animal Management course at Weston College.

I love my job, I started working at Abbots Leigh Kennels in September this year, and have enjoyed spending time with the dogs and cats that come in for their little holiday.


I have great confidence when it comes to the animals, I make sure by the end of their stay, they are relaxed and have enjoyed themselves.

I have a mischievous Labrador and a very patient ginger tom cat and I adore them to pieces.

When I am not working, I love walking my dog and spending times with friends and love ones, and I also enjoy photography.


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 Katie. I have the role of animal care assistant here at Abbots Leigh Kennels. I have officially been working at the kennels since December 2016, however I have been volunteering with the occasional summer work from May 2014.

Growing up I have always had animals in my life and I currently own two Beautiful (stubborn)huskies as well as a lovely ginger tom cat that lives with my mum.

I have completed a level 2 animal care diploma and finished with a D* and I am currently undergoing my second year of level 3 animal management in Weston college.

I have been taught animal first aid in college as well as taking a course through work.

Over the summer I was asked and trusted to pet sit for many people and in my spare time I enjoy taking my dogs on adventures.


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