Kennel & Cattery Design
was started in 2000
by Kay & David Key
provide a source of advice, information & hands-on help...
... to everyone thinking about building,
upgrading or maintaining a cattery or kennels.
Our mission is to raise the
standards, expectations & design
of catteries and kennels
We help give you the information & support you need to build
the best standard of cattery or kennels you can, to match your & your
cats' and dogs' needs, create a building that is easy to maintain
and one in which the design helps reduce stress and promote a healthy
environment for cats.
It is important that you spend your build money wisely, whatever
your cattery will be used for, and we want to help ensure that
you have the means to do this with our Books, eBooks, Kits,
Membership, Reports, Blueprints & Building Specification Manual
We want you to be highly successful and for you & your customers
to be delighted with your cattery!
We encourage you to think deeply
about the style & quality of business you want to
...as quality & caring catteries
are greatly and increasingly in demand.
We know how difficult it has been for people to find this information,
(imagine every potential kennel or cattery owner individually looking
for these answers!) and we often hear "is it right for me" and "where
do I start?"
We are the ONLY indepth resource focusing on cattery
& kennel design, planning/ zoning & construction
We provide information, advice & designs and the knowledge
to choose between ALL the options to find the best
one for you.
We do not manufacture - manufacturers only provide
a view on their own products!
The Kennel & Cattery Charity Design Forum was
founded by David
Our books are used as a college/university text books and
by national & international Animal Welfare Charities, Rescues,
Vets, Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, potential Kennel Owners,
Boarding, Breeders, Groomers, Environmental Health Officers,
Licensing Officers & Dog Wardens, Police, Customs & Defence.
We WANT to save you money, time & stress!
We WANT to help ensure you only buy things relevant
or essential to your situation!
Kay's specialist knowledge combines her passion for animal
welfare with website & book publishing.
To get the information 'out there' it must be easy-to-find, read and enjoyable. Inspiration
and ideas are vital in creating enthusiasm and motivation in our
future cattery and kennel owners!
David's specialist knowledge & passion of
combining animal welfare & construction - to balance animals'
needs & investment costs is unique
David is a Consultant in Kennel and Cattery Design.
He has advised thousands
of potential & existing kennel and cattery owners worldwide.
David is the author of:
over 20 years David has also been responsible for The
Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity animal and staff buildings
and property at their cat and dog adoption, companion animal
and equine rescue and rehoming centres.
During this time David founded an
Animal Welfare Charity Design Forum, with the
aim of sharing information between leading national animal
welfare charities in the UK to prevent costly design,
materials or building mistakes.
David has been professionally involved
with animals for over 30 years. His experience
spans companion animals, wildlife and wild animals and
he has provided guidance and advice to animal welfare
organizations, rescues, boarding, veterinary clinics
and animal hospitals, quarantine, architects, police
forces, customs and excise, breeding and multi-pet owners.
David’s interest started by helping
out with a friend’s show kennels while still at school,
and occasionally working with the local RSPCA Inspector.
This progressed to working at local boarding kennels and
cattery for over 10 years and later at a zoological gardens.
This unusual combination of animal
work and practical skills developed into an interest
in buildings, particularly relating to animal accommodation.
When not writing books, looking after Blue
Cross property and advising people on cattery and kennel
design, David manages to squeeze in some time for cross-country
skiing and mountaineering in Norway, Greenland and Canada.
Animal welfare charities need to be at the forefront of
design & specification standards for many reasons:
- They must ensure the most efficient finishes & designsare
used because of their harsh, busy, all-season environment
- Being charities, they have limited funds to deal with,
and need to keep costs to a minimum
- The sheer volume & turnoverof animals requires
the best designs & finishes
David is in contact with many of the larger charities
who may run tens or even hundreds of sanctuaries/ centres,
and therefore have far more experience of differing needs
than any one solitary cattery owner can have.
This benefits you, as through the Cattery Design book
and website this knowledge can be shared with everyone
involved with kennel ownership.
We look forward to helping you reach the animal welfare
standards everyone should aim for when running a cattery - for
yourselves, your animals and the success of your organisation.
Kay runs the business on a day-to-day basis and David
provides consultancy and
technical building advice, as well as continuing to look at design
issues, construction methods and materials that help to improve
animal welfare accommodation. We live in Oxfordshire, UK with our
much loved rescue cats and dogs.
We do hope you enjoy the website & that it helps you realise
Good luck, and keep in touch!