Who We Are
Founded in 2012 by animal lovers, A Better Life Dog Rescue has now re-homed over 1600 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.
Founder and Chairman
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 currently lives in Romania where he is coordinating the building of our deluxe dog shelter which, once completed, will have the capacity for 1500 rescue dogs. 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.
Director and Trustee
Nicky is responsible for the day to day running of A Better Life Dog Rescue.
She has previously volunteered at various rescues around the country and has worked with rescues and rescued dogs for many, many years.
Nicky is married with two grown up children and she has four rescue dogs, two of which are ABLDR dogs,two rescue cats and two rescue Cockatiels. They all live in the Gloucestershire countryside.
This is Lesley, who is a retired teacher and administrator. Lesley and her team are responsible for completing all the admin work within ABLDR.
When she was born, her parents had a dog and she hasn’t been without a dog (or dogs) since. Lesley has a married son who has a rescued golden retriever and a daughter who has a lurcher taken away from an abusive home. Lesley and her husband ( who fortunately is as crazy about dogs as she is) have three dogs: a farm border collie, and two ABLDR rescues Lucky, a terrier chihuahua cross and Rosie, a Pekingese chihuahua cross. Whenever possible, they love taking all the dogs on holiday to France.
Adoptions Team Manager
This is Gill who is manager of the adoption team and their work at ABLDR. She currently works for her local council in her home town of Leicester. She 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, two 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.
Post-Adoption Care Team Manager
Lisa had her first dog when she was just 2yrs old, she can not remember a time where she did not have at least one dog or two.
Although Lisa loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, she has a real weakness for large dogs and the types of dog that tend to be branded with bad reputations. She is currently lucky enough to be sharing her life with Kobi a gorgeous Akita Cross and Hanny who is a beautiful Caucasian Shepherd that was rescued from Romania.
Lisa is enrolled with The International School of Canine Psychology and she specifically aims to discourage people from using dominance methods with dogs and actively encourages people to only use kind methods, which are backed with modern scientific research
Lisa greatly enjoyed her role as adoptions coordinator with ABLDR, but is now using her wealth of knowledge managing the Post Adoption Care Team. She is also currently helping to deliver a programme based on the rehabilitation of reactive dogs and she also often carries out dog assessments.
Alison is retired and is a valued member of the adoptioneam. She is a life long dog lover and has a 13 yr old Westie and three Rommie dogs who are the centre of her life. Alison was follow up coordinator for ABLDR since May 2019 but recently was asked to join the adoption team.
Alison has four grown up sons and three grandchildren.
She enjoys reading and knitting and loves being part of the ABLDR family.
Behaviourist – PAC Team
This is Carla, our behaviourist with the Post-Adoption Care Team. 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. Due to Kiera’s issues, she brushed up on all of her university behavioural notes and worked hard with her to accomplish the perfect dog “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 street dogs due to the fact we have no idea of what they have been through – this really interests her. Working with street dogs, opens up a new door to how dogs think and perceive the world and Kiera has helped her knowledge grow.
Post-Adoption Care Team
Annamaria has called London home for the past 13 years and works in the Maritime Industry, but she is an integral part of ABLDR in the Post-Adoption Care Team. She was so impressed by their work that she really wanted to join and help us. Being Romanian she knows first hand how dire the situation is in the country with the strays and treatment of dogs, therefore ABLDR is very close to her heart. Archie (pictured) is Anna’s first dog. She had been waiting a long time for her perfect dog – he is, of course, an ABLDR dog. Anna is married and her hobbies include traveling, hiking, going to gigs/festivals and reading a good detective book. Anna says – “There’s nothing that this team can’t handle!”
Liz has just joined our adoption team and has already become a vital member of ABLDR – her experience of Romanian dogs has given her a wealth of knowledge for which we are hugely grateful.
She is a retired mental health nurse, currently working part time at a care home for people with long term mental health difficulties. Liz has always had dogs, most have been rescues. She lives with her husband Tony, also an animal lover. Although Liz lives in the town she is lucky to have a big garden with heaths and woodland nearby. Over the past three years she has adopted three ABLDR dogs and fostered 8. Many of them have been long stay dogs and her fostering role has been to help them adapt to home life. The motivation to do this came from Liz visiting the shelter in Romania. Liz also volunteer for guide dogs as as sight guide and she also loves to spend time with her grandchildren.
Post-Adoption Care Team
Tanja works closely with Lisa in the Post Adoption Care Team.
She is a 36 years old single mum from Germany and came to the UK in 2006 as an au pair.
Tanja grew up around animals and now that she works part time mostly from home, it allows her to have a bit of a Zoo: 2 Cats, 1 Dwarf Hamster, 2 Gerbils, 4 Fish tanks, 4 Guinea Pigs and 2 amazing ABLDR dogs. She occasionally also fosters for ABLDR.
A few months ago we asked Tanja to help with the ABLDR Help, Advice and Information Facebook Group and then as she was so good, we asked her to join the Post Adoption Care Team.
“I love working with all the lovely people at ABLDR and having the opportunity to help and at least make a small difference in the lives of our beloved furbabies.”
Harriet has recently joined ABLDR.
She has had rescue dogs all her life and has an ABLDR dog at home. Her family also adopted another Romanian rescue quite recently.
Harriet is now putting her experience of Romanian rescues to good use for the Charity and has quickly become an integral part of the adoption team.
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.