About Sprocker Assist & Rescue

Sprocker Assist and Rescue was established in November 2013 to provide advice, assistance and a managed rehoming process for Sprocker Spaniels throughout the UK. We only deal with Sprocker Spaniels, so we are quite a small rescue, run by volunteers.

Whatever the circumstances, Sprocker Assist will endeavour to help any Sprocker Spaniel find their forever home. If you would prefer to keep your dog in your own home, we will do our best to help you with that wherever possible.

The Admin team at Sprocker Assist can provide comprehensive support and advice to people needing to re-home and people considering adopting a Sprocker.

Our aim is simple – to ensure that any Sprocker needing a new home ends up in the best possible forever home. We put the dog’s need first, over and above anything else.

How We Can Help

We work on the principle of the three R’s – Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome

What Is Rescue Backup (RBU)

Rehoming – Whatever the circumstances, Sprocker Assist will endeavour to help any Sprocker Spaniel find their forever home. We will support you from the moment you contact us and try to find the best solution for you.  It may be that you have considered rehoming as a last resort but would prefer to keep your dog if possible.  Our behaviourists can contact you to discuss your situation and the best way forward.

We will also advise on what other options are available to you.  If we feel a stay in a rehabilitation facility would work for your dog, we can help you find a suitable establishment.  Unfortunately, as a rescue with limited funds, we are unable to offer funding for rehabilitation but it is another option open to you.

We never judge.  We understand that situations change.  All that we ask is that you are totally open and honest so that we can do the best for your dog

We will provide comprehensive support and advice to people needing to re-home their Sprocker.

Fostering – Some owners may be looking for temporary accommodation for their dog, perhaps they are having to go into hospital and don’t have anyone to look after their dog.  We can normally help by offering temporary fostering.  Email us in the first instance contact@sprockerassist.org

Advice -our qualified behaviourists are ready to offer advice if they can.  An initial consultation with them is free but after that, if the the dog was not adopted from SAR, a small charge will be made depending on how long the sessions take.  We do ask that you bear in mind that not all issues can be rectified over the phone, in which case we would recommend you contact a local behaviourist for more help

Our aim is simple – to put the dogs’ needs first, over and above anything else.

We do ask that you email us  for general enquiries.  Your email will be acknowledged and passed on to the relevant team member who will get back to you as soon as they can.  We are all volunteers and most of us work full time as well as helping to run Sprocker Assist.  An email will ensure you get the fastest response.

In a nutshell, it means you will have our full support for your Sprocker for the rest of its life.  If there should come a time when you are no longer able to care for your Sprocker, we will happily help you look for alternative arrangements, from homechecks to transport.

RBU means that we can be contacted for any issues arising from adopting your dog.  Whilst we aren’t able to offer funding in any way, we will do everything we can to help.

Meet The Team

Meet some of our fabulous team that work tirelessly in helping you with re-homing.

Andrea Phillips​

We would be lost without Andrea!  She keeps us all on the straight & narrow. She has two grown up children and is a new Nan!  She is married to Paul. 

Andrea is the only one of the team that doesn’t have Sprockers but has 3 Staffie crosses and a Puggle. As well as helping us out Andrea is also a Trustee for a Staffordshire Bull Terrier rescue. Andrea joined SAR a couple of years ago and although for her, her favourite breed is the SBT, she is passionate about helping all dogs in rescue regardless of their breed

Louise Saggers

Rehoming Team Leader & Trustee

Louise lives in North Yorkshire close to the Yorkshire Dales. She loves to be out walking with her dog, Dexter,  and meeting friends for group walks. Louise works in the emergency services and has been in healthcare since leaving school. She adopted Dexter from SAR in 2024 but also had Harry from us.  She has been with SAR since 2016.  Staring off volunteering for home checks and transport, she was very quickly asked to join the re homing team. Louise has now successfully rehomed many dogs and still has contact with almost all of them. She is passionate about dogs and ensuring they find the best possible home.

Sheila Munro Tulloch

Sheila lives in Strathaven, Scotland with her partner and two black and white springers Remy and Purdey. Sheila has 37 years experience of spaniel and sprocker ownership and grew up on a large shooting estate in the South of Scotland. Now retired from a life in Facilities Management at a senior level, Sheila is a committed petrol head, classic car collector and a passionate cook who enjoys entertaining. When not working in her parkland (spaniel paradise!!) Sheila is volunteer treasurer for groups including Scotland’s Gardens, Strathaven Community Council and Working Together for Avondale.

Vanessa Wilson

Vanessa is 54 and works as a telecare responder for the local council. She has 4 springers, Finn who is 11, Ruardhi is 5 , Max is 2 and Paddy who’s is 1.  She also has 3 Irish cob horses Duke who is 12, KitKat who is 4 and Bramble who is just coming 1yrs old and is married to Brian. She is very busy with all the dogs and horses! They moved to Scotland from Cornwall 25 years ago and got into rescue about 10 years ago and enjoys making a difference to the dogs that she helps.

Alex. Dunn

Marketing & Fundraiser & Trustee

Alex. is new to the team having taken on her Sprocker, Ruby from SAR in 2021.   Ruby passed away in 2023 and Alex. now has Poppy from SAR.  She was so impressed by the rescue and service that she wanted to give back so is now managing our fund raising, marketing, website, brand awareness and social media. Alex. and Ruby live on the South Coast near Southampton. Alex. works in the Yachting Industry as a Sailing Instructor and Office Manager for a busy Yacht Charter company.  Prior to that she managed Multi National teams in Sales, Operations & Customer Service. In their spare time they love walking, running, sailing and paddleboarding!

Pam Lee

Pam lives in Essex in a tiny village near Stanstead with her husband Mark and their two Sprockers Sam & Ella. Pam has two adult children, one grandson and a great Grand Daughter!
After collapsing in her car 20 years ago she had a major operation and had to retire from working as a family Solicitor. Pam is a churchwarden, secretary and treasurer for their local 1000 year old church and spends much of her time dealing with pastoral matters, leading services and fundraising.  She also volunteers for The Animal Team completing transport and home checks.

Pauline Edith Farnell

Rehoming Case Handler

Pauline is new to the team in 2023, and took on SAR girl Eira in 2021.

Pauline and Eira live on a narrowboat in South Staffordshire. Pauline works for a waste management company as a performance manager, Eira is currently unemployed! After owning English Springer Spaniels for over 15 years,she adopted a springer (with a case of mistaken identity) who was actually a sprocker 8 years ago and now wouldn’t have any other breed. She is passionate about helping dogs and hopes to help many in her new voluntary role.

Sue Shadbolt

Rehoming Case Handler

Sue has lived in South Warwickshire all her life.  She works for the NHS as a community Assistant Practitioner. With 2 grown up kids, 2 grandchildren, 2 Sprockers & a Water spaniel cross she has a lot on!  She has been with her partner for 20 years. Sue has carried out transportation & home checks for rescues for many years and we have been lucky to have her for 4 years. 

Lori Jones

Fundraiser

Lori is originally from North Wales, but after studying at university in Exeter moved up to the Isle of Islay in the inner Hebrides. 

She got her first Sprocker Maggie as a happy accident in 2020.  Maggie goes to work with Lori (she thinks she’s the boss!) Lori works as an operations/ office manager for a boat charter company and boat yard so most of her time is spent by the water.

She enjoys swimming in the sea, yoga, travel and reading. 

Could this be you?

Volunteer

We’re always looking for more volunteers to join the team. Take a look at our volunteering page to find out more, including the various roles and what they entail.

Happy Ever Afters

A selection of ‘Happy Ever After’ stories of Sprockers who we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and supporting.