Meet The Team @ Dogs 4 Rescue in Manchester

Meet The Team




Emma is our visionary founder and driving force behind the rescue revolution. She is a rescue wonder woman – running the rescue, overseeing our dogs, new intakes and rehoming, as well as getting the new site up and running. She is determined beyond belief, practical and resourceful, and still likes to be hands on with the dogs. Emma lives in a caravan full of difficult bullies and is the staff member most likely to be found on a digger.   




David has joined us as Top Dog to help drive Em’s vision forward with responsibilities including growth, culture, technology and partnerships to help us realise the potential of Rescue World and beyond. He brings with him a wealth of corporate expertise and a passion for rescue and making Dogs 4 Rescue a kennel-free centre of excellence. He is brilliant at connecting the dots and thrives in a whirlwind environment. David adopted Kira from us, a rare breed Chinese Chongquin who was taken to the vets to be euthanised. Connect on LinkedIn HERE.




Dawn is our Centre Manager at our Irlam site. She has been working with animals for over 25 years, including voluntary work overseas through to working her way up through the ranks of a kennels based rescues to the role of Operations Manager. From emergency relief in a disaster zone, to coordinating neuter programs to managing the day-to-day of rescue life Dawn is always calm and measured. And here she always has the dogs and staff interests at heart. She has a rescue dog called Buster – aka pig!

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Tess is our head dog handler and Emma’s go-to woman when it comes to dog groups, movements and testing new friendships. Confident and capable, she has a talent for working with difficult dogs and oversees all of our dogs’ daily routines, happiness, wellbeing and veterinary needs – she also has a talent for training. Tess adopted Lollipop’s bestie Bumblebee from us and has a pocket bully called Boss, and is the most likely Irlam staff member to give the dogs a treat. 

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Diana is our dog handler all the way from Costa Rica. She did her Animal Care apprenticeship here and was so passionate and dedicated we offered her a permanent role. Responsible and reliable, she opens up Rescue World most mornings, works with the dogs all day and is fantastic at training people and organising volunteers. She also has a flair for capturing social media content. Diana adopted Rocky and Cherry from us, and fostered Bailey so she could experience a loving home for the last year of her life. 

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Sophie joined us as a live-in dog handler, bringing with her a wealth of experience from her time working in various rescues in Thailand, as well as a lot of UK daycare and training expertise. A strong all-rounder, she can turn her hand from moving the packs around in their rotations, to working with our most scared ferals and getting dogs home ready. Sophie adopted Bean, a distemper survivor from Thailand who has become the family dog preferring a quiet life, but comes to stay occasionally. 

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Olivia is a dog handler/cleaner with a special interest in grooming. She loves nothing better than bathing the handicans and getting new dogs clean and pampered ready to meet their prospective owners. Olivia enjoys a varied role here including cleaning, washing, expressing the handicans and a multitude of other tasks. Olivia can’t help but take her work home with her, so much so that she adopted Ludo and Luke from us. 




Maya has joined us as a Junior Dog Handler having worked at a doggy daycare. She is capable and passionate, learning on the job and taking on more responsibility as time goes on. She loves to spend her evenings helping rehabilitate the frightened ones, or helping new owned dogs settle in, and has shown such a flair for capturing photos and video she now has social media tasks every day. Maya has a Romanian dog at home called Penny and convinced her mum that two is easier than one. 

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Sue moved in with her pack of podencos and galgos. A passionate rescuer she has run Hearts 4 Paws Dog Rescue from home many years, saving the dogs of Spain one dog at a time. Sue is joining us as a live-in assistant helping with our morning routine, night time expressions, vet runs and more, reflecting our commitment to rescues working together for the good of the dogs. She is also Auntie Sue in the ferals’ caravan overseeing their wellbeing and rehabilitation. 




Jamie is our amazing multi-tasker at Rescue World helping out on so many fronts. When we are short staffed she helps with dog handling and is responsible for bringing the dogs in every night and their bedtime routines. She is a cleaner extraordinaire and can turn her hand to most maintenance jobs here too, making her an invaluable member of the team. Jamie is the most likely staff member to be seen slipping the dogs a treat.




Amy is our Rehoming Manager responsible for finding loving homes for our dogs and those all important foster placements that save lives. A passionate vegan and rescuer Amy was at Freshfields Rescue for 10 years before joining us here. She has a wealth of operational expertise and oversees veterinary care here, but the majority of her time is now spent matchmaking potential adopters with dogs and supporting the who’ve dogs on trial. Amy has a dapper 17 year old Yorkshire Terrier called Timmy. 




Ali is responsible for all of our marketing and fundraising and is the creative genius behind our social media. She moved in to get to know our dogs and document rescue life – she never left! Ali is Emma’s right hand woman, driving our brand, our audiences and engagement, as well as financial stability and growth, making the seemingly impossible happen. It’s because of her that we were able to buy the new site. Always to be found with an old staffy in her bed, Ali is the only person with the patience to live with Grumpy Stu. 




Abby joined us as a Content Creator last September having graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in post production and VFX. Her love for editing and telling the stories of our dogs and kennel-free life here has seen her carve out a role keeping dynamic social media content coming. She is a passionate vegan, her final uni project was about the misconceptions around the animal agriculture industry. Abby has two rescued house rabbits, Margo and Vincent, so-named after Vincent Van Gough as he only has one ear.

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Becky is Emma’s sister, keeping us all organised and has supported the rescue from the start. She is the backbone of our admin support working remotely from Ecuador with a month at the rescue in Manchester every year. Becky stays on top of all our e-mails and messages, knows what to prioritise for Emma’s attention and is a fantastic matchmaker. If you have fostered or rehomed a dog from us you will have spoken to her on an e-mail. Becky has a street dog in Ecuador called Frankie who is the doppelganger of Grumpy Stu, with Cherub as his fur sister. 




Laura volunteers part-time helping with the movements of dogs from the UK and abroad and some admin. An ex-military logistics expert who can deal with anything thrown at her, Laura is superb at desk research and is a hive of knowledge and information, with an eye for detail like no other. She helps answer our Facebook messages on a daily basis, often helping people find alternative rescue space if we cannot help. Laura has a passion for the naughty Jack Russell Terriers.

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Tim is our chartered accountant and business advisor. He signs off all of our returns and financial statements as well as advising us on tax and business strategies. He uses his extensive experience working with small to medium sized businesses, his time inhouse with multinational businesses and at KPMG to help us make the most of our financial information whilst staying compliant. Tim agreed that two is easier than one and adopted Woolfie and Berry from us.  He also cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for us. 




Wendy volunteers part-time preparing our day-to-day accounts for both the rescue and Daycare 4 Dogs, and so much more besides. A qualified accountant with an incredible attention to detail and love of numbers, she is the spreadsheet queen who provides us with all of our management information. She has been instrumental in getting the new site and pushing through so many other behind-the-scenes achievements. Wendy adopted Lucky from us as a companion for Poppy and has even been known to post large volumes of D4R calendars.




Dave is our handyman extraordinaire who can turn his hand to anything and everything – a blessing as no two days are ever the same! He keeps on top of the endless repairs here as well as making Emma’s crazy ideas happen, working in all weathers and always with a smile on his face. He will come in on his days off if we need an urgent repair to keep the dogs safe. Dave coached Manchester City’s women’s team in a former life (but is a passionate red!) and puts up with Bumblebee’s terrible trumps in the van when he’s taking Tess home.




Daniel recently joined our handyman team with a big smile on his face which comes to work with him every single day. He is a qualified joiner who can turn his hand to so many things – handy as our dogs like to throw the guys a challenge and this will be extra helpful in the renovations at our Irlam site. His favourite part of his job here is being surrounded by dogs and working for a not-for-profit so he can give something back. Daniel has two French bulldogs Ole and Lola.




Kenzi recently joined our handyman team to help with the Irlam site improvements and renovations. His nickname is Brussels because of his muscles / strength and his daily motivation is building and maintaining a safe place for our dogs. Previously a roofer Kenzi has a rescue cockapoo called Barney who was found on the streets behind some bins.

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Our volunteers

We have a small number of regular volunteers who walk our dogs and help with enrichment time, cleaning, DIY and gardening. Our Enrichment Angels enhance the days of our lifers and help with the rehabilitation of the ferals. We also have staffy cuddlers for our fusspots and handican carers for our disabled boys as well as volunteers who help with fundraising and bucket collections.

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