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.


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Hello, my name is Priya and I am an Animal Care Assistant here at Abbots Leigh Kennels. I have worked here for a year now and I’m very proud to be a part of the team. Unfortunately I never grew up with animals because both my parents were never a fan. When I turned 18 I persuaded my parents to allow me to adopt a puppy, and it was the best thing I ever had.

I enjoy working for Abbots leigh Kennels and coming to work always makes my day!


I moved to Bristol from London about two years ago and I began to help out at the kennels which turned out to be perfect for me since I enjoyed spending time with the animals.

In my spare time I love to paint all kinds of animals but mainly cats and dogs because  I admire every breed and how beautiful they all are.


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