We have an incredible team made up entirely of volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to saving dogs. Each person brings their own unique contribution to the rescue, and we are grateful for every one of these wonderful people who so generously give of their time.


THANK YOU to ALL our Volunteers! 

We're still busy building this page of our website, but here are just a few of our core team members who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the rescue.

Angie Tidbury

Homing Enquiries

Mine is the voice you hear when the rescue calls you to chat about your adoption application! I've been in dog rescue for about as long as I can remember and am a "failed fosterer". I can't help myself, I fall in love with all of them!

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Claire Salmon

Fundraising / Microchip Manager

I’ve been volunteering for dog rescues for almost 2 years now, I wanted to do something meaningful with my spare time and absolutely love being part of the Helping Hounds team. I adopted my own Romanian rescue, Luna, last year, and also provided a foster home for another of our dogs. I love the challenge of fundraising for the rescue and knowing that every penny makes a difference to the lives of our dogs.

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Lynn Pacella

Co-Founder / IT

Since I fostered and adopted Roux, my Romanian rescue from Kate in 2015 and she inspired me, I've been volunteering with her in rescue in one way or another. I find it so rewarding and use my IT and project management skills to help develop the rescue's technology and process. With the added bonus of working with incredible people, AND of course dogs!

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Tina Wareham


Horses and dogs have always been my number one animals. After working with horses for more than 10 years, I moved into Charity/Retail where I met Kate in 2010. Our darling dog Vita was a rescue dog and could not have been more perfect. A stray off of the streets of Basingstoke, she was highly strung and not used to being in a home, she spent the first three months on a lead indoors, patience was certainly a virtue and she repaid us with shed loads of love and devotion. Rescue all the way!

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Bex Hailston

Marketing / Website Admin

Since adopting my rescue dog Lucky 3 years ago I have been passionate about rehoming dogs and making others aware of the joy having a rescue dog can bring. I moved to the area in 2020 and absolutely love volunteering with Helping Hounds. There is nothing better than seeing a rescue dog come out of their shell and find their forever home.

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John Harrison

Maintenance Manager

I have helped to rescue dogs for several years and have with my partner, fostered many during this time. I enjoy meeting each of the new arrivals and getting to know their individual characters!. I am generally in the background making sure that everything is maintained to keep the dogs in our care, safe and well.

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Michelle Fletcher

Adoption Contracts / Insurance / Transport

My career change towards the end of 2020 gave me the opportunity to become involved with the rescue, utilising some of my past work skills and I absolutely love it – I also get to spend time caring for, and playing with the dogs! It’s feels so good to be able to help make a difference to the lives of the dogs we rescue and to work alongside the other amazing volunteers. Cosmo my furry best friend is not a rescue, but I always say that he rescued me.

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Carol Mitchell

Kennels Manager

My role is to look after our volunteers and make sure that the kennel is adequately staffed at all times. Plus I get to spend a lot of quality time with the dogs. What's not to love?! I’ve been volunteering since 2020 as I’m not working and I have the time. I believe in giving the dogs the time and patience they need to adjust after their difficult start to their lives. It is incredibly rewarding to see them get their forever homes and be happy.

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Kate Walsh

Co-Founder / Foster Liaison

I've been working in Dog Rescue for over 20 years. I started out volunteering with the RSPCA and have spent the last 12 years primarily with Romanian dogs/shelters whilst also concentrating on Spay & Neuter programmes in the east of the country.
My partner and I have also fostered many, many dogs and the difference we make to these dogs' lives is incredible - it is reward in itself to see their transformation when they leave to go to their forever homes.
I believe the ones we rescue, rescue us.

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Sylvia Rowe

Accountant / Foster Liaison

I've been volunteering with Helping Hounds since summer 2019, I am responsible for the boring (but essential) stuff like keeping the accounts and the more fun - foster Co Ordinator roles. I have fostered dogs myself and one of my dogs is a failed foster - his initial home fell through, so we took Jetson in until we could find him a new home and my son refused to let him go so he joined our pack of now 4 dogs. I love seeing the dogs we bring over change and become more confident and find their forever homes.

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