Soaring demand for professional animal cremation services has seen the Kingsley near Frodsham business grow by an incredible 30 per cent in the last year and now Whitley Brook founder Tony Faulkner has found a potential new home at Astmoor in Runcorn.
“If the local authority approves planning permission we will be up and running on the new site later this year,” said Mr Faulkner who has ambitious plans for much improved visitor facilities at the newly located crematorium.
“It will represent a significant investment in Runcorn at a time when we are all affected by the challenging economic climate. And it could present new job opportunities for the town if our growth continues as rapidly as we expect.
“This move has been made necessary by our success,” added Mr Faulkner who founded the business 13 years ago after the death of a family pet had illustrated the lack of choice available to grieving pet owners.
“We started off as a small business offering a unique client focussed service that was based on having respect for those grieving the loss of a beloved pet. Our unique approach has filled a niche and as a direct result we have grown into the biggest pet crematorium in the North of England.
”Our reputation is such that our facilities are used by a growing number of vets across the whole of the North of England. Today we handle pets of all types and all sizes. In fact we handle a number of horse cremations every week and are even called upon by zoos to organise the disposal of a variety of animals.”
“It’s hard to believe that a project that I started following the sudden death of a family pet has led to what we have today,” added Mr Faulkner. “I wanted our family dog to go to a cremation service that gave pets the same respect as we accord humans, but sadly I could not find anyone offering that service back in 1999. So I decided to do something about it.
“That’s how Whitley Brook came about. Today we have a staff of seven who are all committed to helping those who lose their beloved pets. Now we want to continue that work at Runcorn.”
Mr Faulkner said the popular Memorial Gazebo and the Garden of Remembrance which stand in the grounds of the crematorium at Whitley Brook will be preserved if and when the move goes ahead.
“Of course we’ll also build a new Garden of Remembrance for grieving pet owners at the new site,” he added.
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