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 5 Cocker Spaniels and recently rescued Cuthbert, my first springer (see photo). Spaniels are an amazing, intelligent breed, and sadly there are so many that can fall into the wrong hands. I decided to devote my time to helping as many as possible to have the life that they deserve


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 Karina Bird and Lisa Rodgers

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

Kate Harland - Vet Admin

Audrey Knox - Fundraising and Website shop 

Gill Siddons - Admin on the Adoption page


Emma Louise Stephens

I have 4 spaniels and  I work them in field regularly. My eldest is Ziggy a Labrador x springer and my springer bailey. I also have another springer pup and a springer x lab pup in training for the shooting seasons to come.

I work as a dog trainer and behaviourist with my own company ES Positive Dog Training as well as having a BVETMED degree and also working full time in a referral veterinary practice.