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 inyour 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice -our qualified behaviourists are ready to offer advice if they can. An initial consultation with them is free but after that, 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 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 some of our fabulous team that work tirelessly in helping you with re-homing.
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 lives in North Yorkshire close to the Yorkshire Dales. She loves to be out walking with her dog, Harry, and meeting friends for group walks. Louise works in the emergency services and has been in healthcare since leaving school. She adopted Harry from SAR in June 2016 and later that year was asked if she would become a volunteer in home checks and transport. Then very quickly was 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 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 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. is new to the team having taken on her Sprocker, Ruby from SAR in 2021. 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 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 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.
Gary was born in Nottinghamshire and after 8yrs in the Royal Navy, settled in “Last of the Summer Wine” country. Here he met his wife Donna and has worked for the last 24yrs at Coca Cola as a maintenance engineer. Gary has had working spaniels all his life and after getting Rex from SAR in 2018, was convinced to join the admin team. He regularly works his dogs, Amber, Rex and Brock on local shoots. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, shooting and holidaying with the dogs in his caravan.
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.
Laurie has recently joined the team after having a positive experience with our Rehoming Manager. In her words, ‘Louise was very understanding and took time to talk to me and check in. I feel a lot of charities do not do this so I wanted to offer my help.’
Laurie is currently studying for a diploma in canine welfare and behaviour and has lots of experience with behaviour issues.
She works part time and organizes events and fundraising for her holiday park on the Isle of Cumbrae. She also promotes her husband’s business page.
A selection of ‘Happy Ever After’ stories of Sprockers who we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and supporting.