Marie Harris has been with Greyhound Lifeline from the start in May 2007. She orchestrated the move to our own premises in January 2008 and then ran the original, smaller scale homing kennel with just a skeleton crew of volunteers until we became better known and managed to recruit more people to help.
Originally Manager of the Fleet kennels, in 2011 she became co-manager with Jane due to the increase in workload though our success over the years. Marie nowadays looks after the waiting list, does the accounting and ordering of goods, web site updates and she is an administrator for Lifeline’s Facebook page, she also does occasional home checks, attends/organises events and is greyhound taxi for some vet trips.
Marie does regular kennel shifts and oversees the other breeds assessment for kennel residents. She works part -time in paid employment and is still raising the youngest of 4 children (currently teenage). Marie has 4 greyhounds of her own at home plus and a selection of foster dogs from time to time.
Marie adopted her first greyhound in 2003, but prior to that she had several years of other breed dog experience.
Jane Pilcher has been with Greyhound Lifeline since March 2008. Jane became co-manager of Greyhound Lifeline in 2011 and she now works with Marie to keep Lifeline running smoothly.
Jane takes homing enquiries, organises home checks and does them herself too, she oversees volunteer recruitment and works to raise good publicity and interest in greyhound adoption.
Jane organises events, publicity and represents us at shows etc. She works a regular kennel shift. She is an administrator for Lifeline’s Facebook page and was instrumental in the set up of our Facebook page.
Jane is raising her family and looking after her own 5 dogs (2 greyhounds, a Saluki, a Patterdale Terrier and an adolescent large breed Rottie type) plus on occasion Jane helps with fostering needy greyhounds.
Jane has been a greyhound owner since 2008, but has had many years of sighthound and other breed experience prior to that.
Carol Cox joined us in 2007, initially as a home checker and then when we moved to our own premises Carol joined the small, original team, to assist with the running a skeleton staff homing kennel.
Nowadays Carol still does a regular day shift at the kennels, but she has also become more involved over time and is now a great asset to us. She shares the homing enquiry duties with Jane and between the two of them they cope admirably. Carol helps with fund raising and events. Carol ventured into fostering greyhounds once, but that didn’t last too long as Zara was adopted very soon after becoming a foster dog!
Carol does many home checks and has started sales on a new line of house collars to help raise additional funds for Greyhound Lifeline. Carol also handles viewings, homing’s and new dogs arriving. She adopted her first greyhound in 2001, but prior to that she had many years of general dog experience through owning other breeds.
Carol works part-time in paid employment, she has raised her family and is proudly a grandma for the first time too. She has 2 greyhounds of her own, a rescued galgo from Spain plus a “part -time” family owned mixed breed dog to care for several days a week. Carol is an administrator for our Facebook page.
Lucy joined us as a dog walker in April 2009. From there she became a kennel hand in August of 2009 and not too long after that she ventured into her first foster mother role in January 2010.
Lucy took to fostering greyhounds rather well and has since seen a series of foster dogs going through her home until she finally succumbed and joined our now (almost) famous Club FF. Otherwise knows as the Failed Fostererers Club. There are quite a few of us who now have membership of this club. Lucy however has to have the credit for being able to hold out the longest. and at this point she’s also had the greatest number of foster dogs pass through her home (22 at the last count in August 2012 we think).
Nowadays Lucy is pivotal to the running of Lifeline, having recently added cat testing and home checking plus homings to her role as well. She is always willing to go a step further and involves herself in what ever needs doing very willingly.
Saara joined us in 2011 and she has become a great asset. She currently does a regular day shift, helps with evening feeds as required and is someone we can generally call on at short notice to cover sickness or holidays. Saara does home checks and runs her own fund-raising events for us which include bric-a-brac sales and stalls at local fairs.
Saara’s latest role is as administrator/picker/packer/photographer and all round general do everything person for our charity ebay sales. This can be pretty time consuming involving several trips to the post office. She’s also just agreed to become our stockist for the latest fund raising venture of retailing the Canny Collar on ebay. Early days on this one, but we hope it’ll prove successful.
Saara has owned greyhounds since 2001 and then in 2004 she began more actively supporting and re-homing the breed through helping at a different rescue centre. She currently looks after 5 greyhounds of her own. She is retired and has raised her family now being a proud grandmother and another member of our Club FF.
Paul joined us in 2010. He has gone from a greyhound novice to an experienced and much valued member of the team in a very short time. He is a quick learner with a keen interest in our work and a genuine love for the dogs.
Paul works full time in paid employment on top of which he basically runs the kennels for us on a Sunday – sometimes that could be just the clean, feed and exercise routines, but at other times be may be in charge of viewings or homing’s, accepting new arrivals in etc.
Anne joined us in 2009. Originally she was a dog walker, but she soon became a regular for day time kennel shifts too.
More recently Anne has been of great help by taking on a more administrative role as well as those manual kennel shifts. She now records and monitors all our vet bills and gets those payments organised, she updates the information about our greyhounds on the main Retired Greyhound Trust web site and she is in charge of record keeping in respect of all our kennel and foster dogs’ regular vaccination and parasite control.
Anne is a full time mother of a young son. She is a relatively new dog owner, but the proud “mum” of Ted the Cocker Spaniel. Anne did adopt a disabled greyhound puppy named Heather from us, but sadly young Heather’s health deteriorated and she passed to Rainbow Bridge in 2011. Since then Anne adopted the lovely Phoebe from us after fostering her for a while.
Mo adopted Paddee from us in 2009. Living in Southampton she’s not able to help with day to day kennel shifts, but little stops Mo from helping us.
Mo does home checks, collects donated items in her area and delivers it all to us when there’s enough to make the trip worthwhile. Mo is very active and gets great results in the way of publicity and donations. She organises local area events, fund-raisers and most importantly raises awareness in any way she can think of in her local area.
Mo has become Lifeline’s much valued support for the south coast area as she regularly assists adopters with problem solving, doggy day care and general advice. Mo works full-time, but also cares for her own greyhound and a lurcher plus she’s a regular foster carer for us too.
Mo has recently started organising Meets and Greets for us in the Southampton area. A lady of multiple talents whose enthusiasm for greyhounds is tireless.
Lynn joined us as a dog walker in October 2008 then September 2009 she became a member of the kennel staff by doing a regular kennel shift. In addition to her shift Lynn also stands in when she can to cover other’s holidays and she’s recently taken on the role of greyhound chauffeur in that she does the majority of the routine vet runs for us. This saves others a huge amount of time and it is very much appreciated.
Lynn has helped with the shopping and stall manning for our Open days. A soft of heart lady she thinks all the greyhounds are wonderful (and of course they are).
Lynn has many years of dog experience, she used to be involved in dog rescue whilst living abroad. She is also kept busy by raising her teenage daughters and looking after her own dogs one of which used to be a greyhound foster dog. Lynn has now joined Club FF too.
Sal is another “behind the scenes” volunteer. She will probably be very surprised to find herself listed on this page!
Sal has been actively helping Mo in the Southampton area since Spring 2010. She assists with the collection of “goodies” for kennel use (duvets, blankets towels etc), helps Mo at events and she is also the creator of our hand made greetings card line. Sal takes her own photographs of our kennel residents and from those she creates wonderful, unique and professional quality greeting cards.
Sal has generated considerable funds for us by selling her hand made cards and she’s an all round keen supporter of our work. Not being local to the kennels, so she is another member of our unpaid staff who “does her bit” from a distance.
Sian only joined us in 2011, but she has proved to be a real asset. When time off from paid work allows, Sian takes our residents out for some other breed socialisation. Sian also does a regular evening feed for us too.
She has helped at shows and events and she’s another valuable all rounder who is an asset to the team.
Geoff and Sue are one of our husband and wife teams and they have been with us from the beginning. They actually helped transport the dogs from our old premises to our current one on New Years Day 2008!
Geoff is fondly known as “Mr Fix-it” as he seems to have become the kennel DIY person. From building beds, raising fences, unblocking drains to putting up new guttering, brickwork and all sorts.
Geoff happily turns his hand to whatever needs doing and if the weather is atrocious (i,e, really snowy with road closures etc) he has also been known to struggle through on foot to help get the dogs fed and cleaned out too!
Geoff and Sue both help out with home checks and they have even traveled as far as Nottingham in their Lifeline T-shirts to represent us at shows.
Sue does a regular evening kennel feed. Helping out in the snow seems to be a family job as Sue too has managed to struggle in and do what needs doing when the snow is on the ground.
Penny and Adrian are our second husband and wife team. They are our biggest fund-raisers overall as both of them make the home made preserves, pickles and cakes that they sell at shows and events to raise funds for us.
Penny and Adrian also have their own mobile tombola stall another source of fund-raising. Adrian has recently ventured into car boot sales as well which is proving a big fundraiser for us.
Penny is a standby homing assistant in that she knows how to do all the appropriate paperwork and is well qualified to advise new adopters about their dogs and any potential teething problems since she has been a sighthound owner for many years.
Ron joined us as a dog walker in 2008. Technically Ron is still one of our dog walkers, but all of us feel he is part of our extended Lifeline family and so we are honoured to include him on this page as staff.
Ron has a lifetime’s experience of greyhounds. He has worked with them, raced them, bred them and he currently shares his life with Cindy a brindle greyhound girl who he bred. Cindy had an accident and broke a leg, making her unfit for racing so Ron took her home with him and she’s been there ever since curled up next to him at bed time.
Ron had his 83rd birthday in September 2012, he is one of our most dedicated volunteers, he walks our dogs six days a week and he is absolutely amazing for his age.
His ambition – to walk for us until he’s 100!
Kev started coming to Greyhound Lifeline during the summer of 2010 to help walk the dogs and to get to know the breed. By September 2010 he, his wife Debbie and daughter Jennifer welcomed the ultimate lazy boy of greyhounds, Clive into their home. Very sadly Kev and his family lost Clive in a tragic road accident during 2013. They have since taken on another rescue dog in the form of little Violet, a terrier from The Dog’s Trust.
Clive the greyhound left his legacy and managed to persuade his family that greyhounds deserve all the help they can get and subsequently “dad” (Kev) has designed the web site you are looking at now!
Kev has been extremely generous, web sites are not cheap to set up and they are very time consuming to create, but Kev has offered all this voluntarily and free of charge to help the dogs that he loves. He is a very skilled web site designer and we recommend him to anyone looking to set up a web site (don’t expect a freebie though, he has to make enough to feed Clive and the human family too). Contact Kev through Multilayer Design if you are interested in a web designer.
This new and updated site, with lots of additional features really will help improve awareness of our dogs which in turn will lead to many more home offers for them.
Our staff work for the dogs in a variety of different ways.
Kev’s way is out of the public’s view, but very valuable none the less.
Kate joined us as staff in early 2011. She adopted Marge from us in 2008 as a companion to her existing dog.
Kate is the daughter of one of our regular dog walkers and she approached us to see if there was anything she could do to help out. Naturally we jumped at the opportunity and Kate now tends to work alternate Saturday day shifts. She is a very fit lady being a keen runner.
In October 2011 Kate ran her first half marathon and all funds raised through sponsorship were donated to the Retired Greyhound Trust.
Kate works full-time in paid employment and looks after her own two dogs as well.
Sarah Jane is a very new recruit having only joined us in September 2011. She helps out and gets her weekly “greyhound fix” by doing a regular night feed. Sarah Jane works full time in paid employment, but she’s already recruited a new volunteer – her husband Mark!
Emily joined us in 2011 on a work experience placement from Merrist Wood College. She is now is a regular team member and does a regular evening feed on top of her newly found full-time job as a trainee veterinary nurse.
Mandy joined us as a volunteer kennel assistant during the summer of 2012.
She adopted Fly from us in April 2009. Mandy was easily persuaded to take on a foster dog when we had an unexpected return in the form of Dotty, but Mandy fell for Dotty’s charms pretty quickly and she then adopted her. Strangely the same story repeated itself with the lovely Penfold too!
Nowadays Mandy’s canine family is a family of four. Three greyhounds and a Dudley the Cockerpoo who has recently become our kennel “stooge dog” in order that we can check the reactions of our greyhounds around smaller breeds of dog.
Mandy’s already proved herself popular with staff and dog walkers alike. She learns quickly, is very capable and we are sure she’ll continue to be a big asset to us over time.
Paul and Jane are our third husband and wife team. They adopted Dodger in December 2011 and have previous experience of large breed dogs through owning a Doberman and a Greyhound Boxer cross. They are trained in the use of Obedience, Good Citizen Dog and Agility training techniques.
Paul and Jane began volunteering as dog walkers in January 2012. It wasn’t too long before they ventured into some combined P.R. and greyhound socialisation work by taking kennel residents out from time to time armed with publicity material. Nowadays, you are likely to find them of a weekend with a greyhound or two at local shopping centres working hard to raise awareness that greyhounds make great pets.
In early 2012 Paul and Jane became relief evening kennel feeders, but they have since taken on a permanent role in that respect whereby they now cover 2 regular evening feeds per week.
Paul is one of our Greyhound Blog authors and both Paul and Jane work in paid employment; Paul full-time and Jane part time in two different jobs.
Charley is our youngest team member. She joined us initially in the Spring of 2012 in order to gain a Duke of Edinburgh award. Now 16 and still at school, she’s become a real asset to Lucy and Kate on a Saturday morning. As of August 2012 we now consider Charley to be staff. Charley’s parents are supportive of her dedication and her mum, who sadly is allergic to dogs herself, spent all day as volunteer car park attendant for our Open Day. A very supportive family and we’re pleased to have them with us.
Charley is a very capable young lady, willing, easy going and dedicated already. We’re sure that this girl will have a bright future ahead of her. Charley organised and ran her own fund raising stall at our Open Day in May 2012.
Milly joined us as kennel staff in early 2011. She was at university in Nottingham initially when she could be found during university holiday time working Sundays with her uncle, Paul. Milly has now graduated and is working full time in paid employment. Thankfully she has remained with us and continues to assist Uncle Paul regularly on the Sunday morning shift. Initially a greyhound novice, like her uncle she has learned much in a short time and she has proved of great help to us.
Tracey has been with Greyhound Lifeline since October 2012. She currently does a regular weekly evening feed. Tracey works full time in paid employment and enjoys walking the dogs in her spare time. In January 2013, she organised a raffle and raised money for the charity which helped towards renovating the back kennels. She has a hands-on attitude and loves to help out when she can.