Jenny has been the manageress since 1991. She often takes in and cares for some of our very old, sometimes terminally ill dogs. These dogs would be virtually impossible to re-home due to medical problems etc and the fact that no one wants a very old or ill dog.
Ruth is one of the full-time members of staff, working in the Reception/Office. Her dog Rafiki was rescued from a Spanish killing station. Ruth has a love of wildlife and birds, and helps us with fostering some of our difficult or needy dogs.
Cheryle has worked at the shelter since 1990, working in the office and now a part-time member of staff. She is the shelter’s bird expert, and has 1 cat, 1 dog and a few resident pigeons. She has taken many dogs from the shelter over the years, old ones, disabled ones, you name it she’s taken it home!
Paul is the head of our cattery, responsible for all the homeless cats/boarding cats/stray cats that come through our doors. This obviously keeps him busy! Paul has his own cat called Bessie who he took home from the shelter as she had a badly broken pelvis and will always have a limp.
Hazel is a full time member of staff who has been with us since 2001. She runs the small animal unit and also looks after the cats in Paul’s absence. Hazel often fosters cats and kittens that need extra looking after. She has two tortoises, two cats, three rabbits, one hamster and a dog called Tilly who came from our shelter.
Gina has worked at the shelter since 1993, she is the head of the homeless dogs section. She is responsible for designing, editing and typing up our very own newsletter Newshound. Gina also updates our website and answers our emails. Gina has one dog who was adopted from the shelter.
Lauren is a full time member of staff who works with the homeless dogs. She has three dogs of her own, including a staffie who was adopted from the shelter.
John is a part-time member of staff who fills in where he is needed. He had previously been a volunteer for many years and has one dog who was adopted from the shelter.
Mandy is a part-time member of staff who fills in where she is needed but prefers working with the doggies. She was a volunteer before joining the team in 2017. Mandy has one dog who was adopted from the shelter.
Ranj is a part time member of staff who fills in where he is needed but prefers working with the dogs. He has three dogs of his own.
Tegan is a part-time member of staff who started working for us in 2015. She fills in where she is needed but prefers working with the doggies. Tegan has a horse, two dogs and two cats of her own. One of her dogs, Conker, is a very special boy who was adopted from the shelter after being hand-reared by the dog staff.
Jesse is a part-time member of staff who works in the office and with the animals when she is needed. She started with us as a volunteer and became a member of staff in 2017. Jesse has one cat that was adopted from the shelter.
Wendy is a full-time member of staff who started working for us in 2003. She looks after the dogs who need extra special care and also the boarding dogs. Wendy has a cat of her own who was adopted from the shelter and hopes to have a dog in the near future.
Laurie joined us in 2020 as a volunteer and now works full time in the reptile unit. Laurie’s passion is snakes and her Mexican black king snake Onyx was rescued from us.
Catt joined us in 2018 as a volunteer and now works part time in the reptile unit. She is trained as a dog groomer so also helps groom our rescue dogs.
Fred joined us in 2012 and now works full time in the reptile unit. Fred has many reptiles at home but his passion is for monitor lizards.
Joe works part time in the reptile unit and joined us in 2021. Joe has a collection of tarantulas and invertebrates at home as well as some rescue reptiles
Andy started as a volunteer in 2016 and joined the team at weekends in 2021. He has a collection of rescue reptiles including his Tegu Gladys who he adopted from the branch.