About Spaniel Assist


Spaniel Assist is run by a team of volunteers who are passionate about spaniels and their well-being.

Dawn Clough, Founder, began the group in July 2015 after owning a number of spaniels herself and deciding that she wanted to play an important role in saving this charismatic breed from mistreatment and neglect. Dawn continues to invest her time and energy into rescuing and re-homing as many spaniels as possible.

The group has grown over the year thanks to the interest and kindness of other spaniel lovers.


Meet the team


Dawn Clough, Founder

I own 4 working cockers and 2 ESS, 3 of which are rescue dogs.

Spaniels are such an amazing loyal , intelligent breed, but sadly through inexperience and lacking in knowledge of the breed, they can sometimes fall into the wrong hands. 
I decided that my goal in life would be to devoting my time and help as many as possible to have the life that they deserve in wonderful news homes. 

My role is very important to me and very personal so I deal with all of the spaniels that need homes, whether it be foster or adopters, I choose the very best homes and futures for each and every dogs specific needs.

Penny Reid - PA to Dawn Clough

I am Dawn's PA and I take on any tasks she needs me to do. Most of my time is spent on receiving and processing completed home check forms and dealing with queries related to them. I also arrange follow-up visits to our adopters.


Lynda Grubb, Fundraiser and Website Correspondent

 I have 2 cocker spaniels- Jarvis 16 months and Dexter 5 months, who have kept me on my toes since retiring from teaching last year. I enjoy collating everyone's details from the website and love to see familiar names with their new family members. It is a real pleasure to play a small part in the SA team.

The rest of the fabulous fundraising team are:

  • Audrey Knox
  • Amanda Rose
  • Annatte Shelvin
  • Eve Ford
  • Janet Brown
  • Jo Minter
  • Victoria Herd

Stephanie Bucknall, Microchipping

Hello! I joined Spaniel Assist in July 2015 and have carried out home checks, transported and fostered as well as spent money in our auctions! I recently joined the team to help with microchipping administration. I have had three Blue Roan cockers in 17 years and this is my very special Pippa.


Sam Brown, Foster Administrator 

Hello, I am the proud owner of 2 very special spaniels, Jet is a Sprocker and 4 years old and Blue is a Blue Roan Cocker; 2 years old. They make me smile everyday without fail! When I got invited to join the Admin Team at Spaniel Assist , I felt very privileged to be able to help such a great team find other spaniels a loving home. 


Patricia Ann Smith, Home checks

 When I lost my beloved cocker spaniel Annie 4 years ago, I started searching the internet for another cocker spaniel. I got involved with CSNH and from there progressed to helping Dawn and her gang! I now have two rescue spaniels. Mollie (sprocker) and Ruby (wcs). I arrange homechecks for the group along with Lisa Rodgers and Jenny Evans

Alli Hepworth, Approves posts to our Facebook page 

Hi I'm Alli Hepworth. I live and work in the beautiful High Peak, Derbyshire. I'm a Physio and Therapy Assistant. I have a Sprocker called Molly at home with me.

Other members of our Admin Team are

Kim Berry - Data Input Clerk

Audrey Craig - Transport Admin

Paula Matthews - Vet Admin

Audrey Knox - Fundraising, Website shop and Corporate Shows

Gill Siddons - Admin on the Adoption page

Victoria Herd - Fundraising and Corporate Shows