Wow, what a year! It’s been a busy old year here at Friends for Pets with growth and expansion in all of our teams enabling us to care for lots more of our furry, feathery and scaly friends! We have focused a lot on staff training this year and have developed some new training schemes for pet carers and managers to enable us to improve our services to you and keep pet care standards as high as possible.

We have recently said good bye to our manager of the South Bristol team, Jim, who has retired from the manager role but staying on to help us with pet care duties. We would like to thank him for all his hard work over the past few years. You have been invaluable Jim! The South Bristol team is now being run by Meryl Fogg who also runs the North Bristol team. We would also like to wish Chantelle, our Chew Valley and Wells manager all the best as she finishes her area manager role with us to go on maternity leave. Amy Wall, Cheddar team manager, will now be managing her teams. We also welcome Alison to the role of the Bath manager since Sarah has moved to Sweden and she is doing a fantastic job!

Friends for Pets wish you and your pets a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year xx.

Pet Carer Award

As of 2016 we are introducing the Friends for Pets pet carer award scheme. The award covers training and awards in areas of pet care work at Friends for Pets including animal behaviour and communication, basic first aid and basic training in behavioural issues. The award will be rewarded to all pet carers who meet the required criteria. We hope that all pet carers will achieve the award. The award aims to keep our standards exceptionally high and for your pets to be extra happy in their care.

Charity Donation

Rather than sending out ‘real’ Christmas cards we prefer to send an electronic card to our lovely clients (You can view your card here) and give a donation to a pet related charity. This year our chosen charity donation will be made to Medical Detection Dogs. This is an amazing charity works with dogs that are trained to assist individuals who manage complex medical conditions on a day to day basis and help with cancer detection. For more information please see

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A few Tips to help keep your Pet Safe at Christmas

  • Keep your tinsel out of your pet’s reach to stop it being ingested and potentially causing a blockage in their digestive system.
  • Keep any wires safely out of your pet’s reach particularly if they are fond of chewing things!
  • Keep ornaments out of reach particularly if they can break into sharp pieces easily.
  • Keep pine needles cleaned up from floors to stop them injuring little paws or being ingested.
  • Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs and cats so keep them out of reach.
  • Chocolate tree decorations and any extra chocolate treats should be kept out of reach of our doggy friends.
  • Keep candles at a safe distance from lovely wagging tails.
  • Mince pies, Christmas pudding or cake containing raisins (and alcohol!) can cause serious illness and be potentially fatal so keep them out of reach of pets.

Christmas Office Hours

As usual we will be busy caring for pets throughout the Christmas and New Years break but will be shutting our offices for a short break between 5pm on Monday 21st December and 9am on 4th January. We will of course be checking our phones and emails sporadically in this time for any urgent messages for your pets in our care over Christmas.

Pet Care over Christmas

If you do require any pet care from Friends For Pets please contact us as soon as possible as spaces are being filled very quickly especially for our overnight home from home dog boarding.

Team Contact Details

Bath – Alison 07474 066361 or

Bradford–on–Avon – Julia 07766 968397 or

Bristol – Meryl 07585 504867 or

Cardiff – Tania 07502 316670 or

Cheddar – Amy 07584 050544 or

Chew Valley & North Somerset – Amy 07584 050544 or

Frome – Julia 07766 968397 or

Hertfordshire – Amanda 07825 777176 or

Wells – Amy 07584 050544

Other Enquiries or Franchise Enquires –

All the Best from

Friends for Pets