Who We Are
Founded in 2012 by animal lovers, A Better Life Dog Rescue has now re-homed over 1300 dogs to loving homes in the UK from Romania.
Our mission is to continue to help the street dogs of Romania from persecution, suffering and neglect.
This is Jason, one of the three co-founders for A Better Life Dog Rescue. Jason is responsible for the day to day running of the website as well as organising transport of the dogs coming in from Romania. Jason has been a volunteer at various rescues around the country mainly dealing with German Shepherds and along with Nicky has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to re-homing dogs. In his personal life Jason, for his sins, is an avid West Ham fan and goes to see them whenever he can which is not as often as he would like due to his busy work commitments and the time he gives up to spend helping all the dogs in need.
This is Nicky. Nicky is a retired nurse so therefore has empathy with all involved in rescue. She is responsible for screening and checking all adoption requests and matching them up with the correct dog. Nicky has previously volunteered at various rescues around the country mainly re-homing Greyhounds and even if we say so ourselves, she is very good at it. There isn’t a thing she leaves untouched when it comes to re-homing one of our lovely dogs as should be the case in all rescues.
This is Gill who currently works for the NHS and has been in administrative roles for most of her career. She has always loved animals especially dogs, and growing up always had family dogs. Once she was able to have a dog of her own, she adopted the first of three rescue dogs, 2 from the UK and her current dog, Cassie from Romania. In her spare time Gill enjoys knitting and sewing, has been known to bake the occasional cake or batch of biscuits and of course spending time with her husband and Cassie.
Gill is mainly responsible for dealing with foster applications and placing dogs into foster care.
This is Carla, our resident behaviourist for A Better Life Dog Rescue. Carla has always loved animals and in particular dogs and cats which prompted her degree choice. She has a Bsc Hons in Animal Therapy which covers canine and equine behaviour, nutrition and injury rehabilitation. She also has separate qualifications in canine massage and LED Light Therapy. She rescued a beautiful dog, Kiera, from ABLDR in February 2018 – Kiera’s story touched her and she also looked like her childhood dog. Due to Kiera’s issues, she brushed up on all of her university behavioural notes and worked hard with her to accomplish the perfect pooch. “I said from the moment she got into my car she would be staying with us and I wouldn’t give up”. Carla loves the behavioural aspects of dogs and in particular street dogs due to the fact we have no idea of what they have been through – this really interests her. There could be hundreds of reasons a dog acts a certain way but we have to look deeper and use techniques in order to help them through behaviours and build up trust. Working with street dogs, opens up a new door to how dogs think and perceive the world – her Romanian rescue has certainly taught her an awful lot more on top of the behaviour she had already studied.
All staff at A Better Life Dog Rescue are volunteers who give up their spare time to help rescue and re-home dogs from Romania into the UK.
No one is paid a salary, there are no company pensions, nothing! We regard these animals needs as far more important than our own and therefore dedicate our time, effort and in some cases our own money to help these poor souls.
This is why donations and fund raising are so very important.
If you can spare even a pound to help one of these poor defenceless dogs get the medical treatment and help they so desperately need then please click on the following button to donate towards their welfare.