Dunrunnin Rehoming Kennels was founded by Karen Farley in September 2013, creating a new Brands Hatch Branch for the Greyhound Trust. Along with her team of volunteers, Karen has worked hard to improve the lives of retired racing greyhounds by matching them with the perfect home.
Karen Farley -
Karen has been working with and training dogs for over 30 years, and had competed in both dog obedience and dog agility classes. Karen’s dedication to the welfare and happiness of the hounds in her care is reflected in her hands-on approach to running the rehoming center. Her day starts at 5am, and she is the last to leave the kennels at the end of the day, once all of her ‘smurfs’ are nicely tucked up in bed!
Karen shares her home with Con (a first class stud dog who has fathered hundreds of dogs, we are rarely without one of his offspring in the kennels, usually recognisable by their distinctive front facing ears), Nine (who came from the local dog pound with some medical issues, including wonky hips which don’t stop him being an expert counter-surfer), and Bugley the terror – whoops sorry, I mean terrier 🤣 – all equally adorable 🥰
Bugley – Chief Greyhound Tester
After losing dear Bert the terrier, Karen said that she wouldn’t have another small dog unless one turned up on her doorstep. Lo and behold that’s exactly what Bugley did, quickly deciding Karen was his person and Dunrunnin was his home!
Bugley is the perfect tester as he really doesn’t give a fig that he is a small dog in a big dogs world – to him all dogs are equal. We pretty much know if a hound can put up with his antics they’re probably going to be ok with any dog! Bugley is happiest when he has a friend or a toy to play with, or a warm lap to sit on. We love you Bugley!
Geoff Hough – Number 2
Meet Geoff, our second in command at Dunrunnin Kennels! Geoff has a lifetime of experience with Greyhounds, having spent many years as a Greyhound owner.
Now that Geoff is retired himself, he has time to give something back to this amazing breed, and volunteers at Dunrunnin on Mondays and Tuesdays, when he runs the kennels for Karen, to give her a well deserved rest!
Geoff has an endless supply of funny Greyhound stories, and has lots of useful hints and tips to help settle Greyhounds in their new homes
Kath & Gordon - Trustees
Kath & Gordon are now stalwarts at the kennels. Gordon can turn his hand to anything and not only makes the lovely ‘Love Murphy’ Martingale collars that we sell but also deals with our maintenance problems with a smile. Kath is the best supervisor he’s ever had 🙂 and is our go to lady for outside the box ideas and an honest opinion!! Both also walk on a regular basis, unfortunately for them they do get our more ‘interesting’ inmates to walk!! 🙂 They can also be called on at short notice for emergency vet/pickup trips – what would we do without you xx
Ian Barclay – Trustee
Ian first came to Dunrunnin in 2018 when he adopted Rudy (famous for always finding the perfect spot for a snooze wherever he may be!). Since then he has regularly taken kennel dogs on socialisation walks, and organises our monthly group walks for adopters and local sighthound owners.
Ian is a talented artist and is also our representative at many fairs, shows and events across the county with his stall selling artwork, crafts, etc and raising awareness of the greyhound breed and Dunrunnin. He is also a valued member of a small team of volunteers helping to organise fundraising events throughout the year. What would we do without you Ian!
Megan Bedford - Kennel Staff
Megan (here with Granger) originally came at the tender age of 14 and never left! Now a pivotal part of the Dunrunnin Team we can’t imagine the kennels without her.
She has, over the years, learnt all about our quirky hounds and for such a young lady has a wealth of knowledge which is put to use everyday here 🙂 Megan is always cheerful and we are so lucky to have her as a stalwart of our team 🙂
Lauren Smith – Kennel Staff
If you follow Tiktok you’ll know Lauren already. Lauren is not only great handling the hounds but is the brains behind most of our social media posts along with Megan (just as well as the rest of us are far too old to understand it!). Lauren is probably the most enthusiastic person you’ll ever meet, she loves the dogs and comes from a background of both rescue and grooming so has a wealth of knowledge to impart despite her tender years 🙂 Lauren is a vital member of the team and we hope, now that her little family is growing up, that she’ll have more time to devote to the hounds in our care.