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OUR TEAM 

We are a group of individuals with a common goal of saving and transforming the lives of street animals. 

 

We do our rescue work on top of our day jobs and other personal commitments. There are no paid employees in our team and we ensure that every single penny we raise in donations goes directly to saving animals.  

Isabel Dowsett

Isabel Dowsett

FOUNDER & TRUSTEE Isabel is committed to protecting animals from abuse, neglect, abandonment and exploitation. She strongly believes that all animals deserve human compassion and help wherever they are in the world. She has her own flock of Shetland sheep, two goats and 2 cats. Isabel saved the sheep to avoid them being taken to the slaughterhouse. She is vegan for the animals and doesn't purchase products tested on animals.

Stacey Mclaughlin

Stacey Mclaughlin

TRUSTEE Stacey is our crazy cat lady and has always been an animal lover. She has several rescue cats including a tripod rescue cat from Turkey. She is aware of the suffering of the animals worldwide and was only glad to join the Help Street Cats and Dogs team since inception. Stacey often also contributes financially herself including her own fundraising efforts on social media.

Chris Dowsett

Chris Dowsett

TRUSTEE Chris is passionate about saving animals in need. He has a special bond with his rescue cat Luna and admits that she is the special one out of the other animals. He transports our rescue animals arriving into the UK to their forever homes. Chris is an advocate of better animal welfare and believes that all animals are sentient beings who feel love and pain and should be treated with compassion.

Aylin Duman

Aylin Duman

FLIGHT COORDINATOR Aylin fosters our rescue cats in Istanbul, organises travel documents and does airport transfers. She understands the needs of rescue animals ensures that the animal in her care is fully rehabilitated before flying to their adoptive homes. It's not easy dealing with Turkish red tape when exporting animals. Aylin's experience in international rescue space makes her an invaluable member of our team.

Mert Kaya

Mert Kaya

VOLUNTEER Mert is our on the ground volunteer who protects and cares for countless street cats and dogs in Eastern Turkey. He distributes food to multiple feeding points, heads up our spay and neuter programmes, organises treatment for the sick or injured.  Mert is a dedicated animal welfare activist and works very hard to minimise suffering. He covers a huge area and there aren't many volunteers like him there. We are lucky to have him in our team helping so many in desperate need of help.

Tamara Harris

Tamara Harris

VOLUNTEER Tamara is our representative in the Netherlands running our Dutch social media accounts helping us spread our message and establishing a base there to help us save more cats and dogs in need. Tamara knows first hand the suffering of animals and she also has her own rescue dogs where she saved from the mountains of Turkey. Tamara helps us raise funds, fosters our rescue cats and dogs before catching a ride to the UK.