DoeDoe

Chinese rescuer

DoeDoe is a Chinese rescuer who first heard about the horrors of the meat trade four years ago. As soon as she  found out what was happening in her own country she wanted to help the dogs and has now dedicated her life to rescuing them. Doe is a hugely valuable member of the team and a dear friend. Doe is what decent kind people in China stand for and we can’t thank her enough.

Kerry Elliman

Founder and the chair of Candy's Hound Rescue International

Kerry has been involved with Greyhounds for most of her life. She founded sister rescue Birmingham Greyhound Protection (BGP) in June 2012 when, after a few years of rehoming greyhounds, she could see there was a big gap; a need to help greyhounds that were not lucky enough to be put into the mainstream greyhound rescues.

She founded Candy’s Hound Rescue International (formally Candy Cane Rescue) on 25th of June 2017.

Kerry has two small children, 3 cats, 5 Greyhounds, 1 meat trade hound, and Romanian lurcher.

The Trustees

Maura Berrini

Trustee

Maura adopted her first two Irish greyhounds in 2016. She was immediately interested to understand more about the racing industry and the meat trade in China.  This grew into her active involvement with the organisation. She supports Candy’s Hound Rescue International wholeheartedly.

Susan Cotton

Trustee

Susan adopted her first greyhound in 1996 and has been involved with them ever since. The greyhound in the photo is Prince Seren who was saved in China by Doe Doe and was brought to the UK by Kerry before Candy’s Hound Rescue International was formed. Susan also cares for rescued bunny rabbits who keep her busy!

David Gibson

Trustee

David rescued his first greyhounds in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the breed. He has been supportive of Candy’s Hound Rescue International from the day it was founded and strongly believes in our cause and mission.

Jenna Harris

Trustee and Fundraising Team

Jenna has been involved with Birmingham Greyhound Protection (our sister charity) since 2013 and adopted her first Greyhound in 2014. She’s been involved in most areas within the rescue since then and has been behind Candy’s Hound Rescue International from the beginning, supporting all that the rescue stands for.

Jenna is also involved in fundraising, her email is jenna.harris@candycanerescue.org if you wish to contact her for any information.

Karen Hassan

Trustee and Flight volunteer for the UK

Rescuing greyhound Rosie from Birmingham Greyhound Protection changed Karen’s life… literally. Karen lives in Hampshire with Rosie and Hamish (a border terrier). Through Rosie she met Kerry and started to follow BGP and Candy’s Hound Rescue International. In April 2017 she made her first trip to China with Kerry – an amazing experience. Karen says of the experience ” it was heartbreaking, exhilarating, humbling and knackering but knowing you helped change the lives of so many abused dogs makes it all worthwhile”. It never ceases to amaze Karen how these poor dogs crave human touch and are so trusting after everything they have been through. ❤️

Gwenda Watt

Super Fundraiser UK

Gwenda rescued her first greyhound, Banjo, five years ago and fell head over heels in love with him and the breed. She currently live in Stiringshire, Scotland with hubby, two sons, two greyhounds (Snoopy & Charlie), two cats, two rabbits and a chicken!. She runs a cottage industry making cushions and logo embroidery services. She started using her creative skills to fundraise for the Greyhound Awareness League. When she discovered the plight of the China greyhounds she was so upset and desperate to help them but had no idea where to start. When Kerry set up Candy’s Hound Rescue International she realised there were many people out there who felt the same as her. Shortly after she set up the “Candy’s Hound Rescue International Fundraising Group” and teamed up with Sharon. The group has grown in numbers and is now a hugely motivated, amazing team of people, connected by their love of greyhounds, who raise funds to help support the work of the charity.

The Team

Sharon Podmore

Super Fundraiser UK

Sharon has always loved animals and has been around dogs since she was born. She rescued her first Greyhound, Heidi, in 2007 and became totally hooked on their gentle and loving nature. She started volunteering by walking the Greyhounds at her local rescue kennels and then started organising fundraising events. Sharon co-runs “The Candy’s Hound Rescue International Fundraising Group” on Facebook with Gwenda. She is married to Dave and they live in Herefordshire where they are currently owned by two Greyhounds, 11 year old Roo and Elli aged 7.

Jacqueline Howard

Super Fundraiser USA

With her husband, Albert, Jacqueline adopted her first greyhound in 2000. Since then, she has volunteered in greyhound rescue and served on a Board of Trustees for a greyhound rescue group. Jacqueline is also the host and producer of the “About Greyhounds” podcast and has fostered over 100 greyhounds with her family. Jacqueline is a writer and by day works for a Fortune 50 company; her company recognized her as the Volunteer of the Year in 2017 and 2018––this led to an electronic billboard featuring her and her greyhound Baron, being displayed on the Times Square billboard both years. She’s also authored two humorous fiction books, “Son of a Dog” and “Cruise to Nowhere,” both featuring rescued greyhounds. In 2019, Jacqueline and Albert adopted Felix, a Candy’s Hound International Rescue greyhound from China.

Ellen Ganopoulos

Super Fundraiser USA

Ellen has tirelessly worked in greyhound rescue since 1995. That’s when she and her husband, Bill, adopted their first greyhound. Ellen served as a long-time trustee of a greyhound rescue group and fostered countless greyhounds––nursing several to health after they suffered catastrophic racing injuries. Over the last ten years, Ellen has worked as a crisis counselor and has been a greyhound therapy dog handler specializing in NJ state disaster/terrorism mental health response. Since 2012, Ellen also took on rescue efforts of galgos and podencos in Spain and will have made her 26th New York and Madrid round trip to bring dogs to the States for placement in loving homes.

Angela Kilner

Super Fundraiser UK (North)

Angela has been involved with dog rescue for the past 15 years and has covered all aspects of rescue from fostering, homechecking, assessing and transporting. However, her passion is fundraising so she asked Kerry would she mind if she raised some funds for Candy’s Hound International Rescue. Angela heads up a small group of volunteers focusing on events within the greater Manchester, Lancashire & North Cheshire. If you would like to join the Northern fundraising team please contact Angela on 07779913089 or send her a message via Facebook messenger.

Nancy Ann Jones

Flight volunteer for American Rescues

Ever since the day she first fell in love with the breed many years ago at a meet-and-greet outside of the Cleveland Zoo, greyhounds have been an increasingly important part of Nancy’s life. From adopting and sharing her home with seven Greys and one Galgo over the past decade to fostering and volunteering with rescues, nothing has brought her more joy.

Shortly after adopting her seventh Greyhound, Sebastian, a survivor of the infamous Canidrome in Macau, Nancy began traveling to China as a flight volunteer bringing back numerous dogs rescued from the meat trade to find their forever homes. She and her husband currently live with two Greys, Sebastian Flynn Jones and Sophia Grace Jones, and their newest family member, Hugo Mateo Jones, a Galgo rescued from Spain by Galgos del Sol.

Jayne Brack

Home Check Coordinator