Who We Are


Lisa Cartwright

As well as her own dogs Lisa Cartwright usually has a foster hound or two. Along with her partner Stuart she often gives a home to those hounds that are a bit more challenging.

Lisa is also our Charity Manager and bases her work mainly from our rescue centre.

In addition to heading up strategic development she remains operational on a day-to-day level assessing and working with the dogs in our care. 


Board of Trustees

Rosemarie Edwards

Living in Hampshire with her beloved lurchers, Rosemarie loves to oversea many aspects of our day-to-day operations.

An absolute whizz at ensuring our online fundraising efforts run seamlessly! A task that is not for the faint hearted. With a background in HR and Management Rosemarie is also able to assist in an advisory position relating to company policies and procedures.

Julia Burgess

With a long-standing background in Marketing and I.T, Julia also supports her family-owned business specialising in events curation.

This has led to a passion for assisting with charity fundraising opportunities and drives her to seek new and fun ways to raise funds and awareness.


Kennel Team

Greyhound Gap is fortunate enough to have a small but experienced Kennels Team.

Many  of the Kennels Team have qualifications in animal management or behaviour.

Entering a strange, busy environment can be a worrying time for any dog none more so than those who have already faced abandonment and change.

Our dynamic Kennels Team are quick to reassure them, offer them first class care and to monitor and change the environment to suit their needs. Our dogs are all allowed a period of settling and healing before their rehoming assessment is carried out,


Volunteer Network

Alongside the staff team our volunteers are the life blood of the rescue center. Driven, passionate and willing to role up their sleeves and tackle any task needed!

From visiting our kennels on a weekly basis and achieving staff levels of competence both cleaning and walking to manning our fundraising stall in all weathers.

Backed up by our wonderfully talented crafters and makers producing the highest quality of hand made goods – the stalls are awash with fabulous items.

Their flare for new and beautiful items knows no bounds and as a result our online auctions and sales are overflowing.

If you would like to become a volunteer for us here at Greyhound Gap please visit our volunteers section for more information.


Bill Oddie OBE

explains why he is proud to support Greyhound Gap

Man’s best friend. Woman’s best friend. Kids’ best friend. The whole family’s best friend. Working dogs, guard dogs, guide dogs.

 Big dogs, little dogs, smooth and hairy. Quite simply there is no animal in the world that gives us so much pleasure, service, comfort, delight, loyalty and friendship. It may seem an odd way to put it, but dogs are wonderful people! Just as it would be outrageous to hurt or mistreat a human being who means you nothing but good, so too should it be unthinkable to harm a dog. Any dog. The fact that human beings can be so callous and so cruel is indeed a crime, not only against animals but also against humanity.

I am delighted to support Greyhound Gap because it represents humanity at it’s very best, as well as giving dogs the life and love they deserve.


Actress Rachel Shenton

why she is passionate about her involvement with Greyhound Gap.

I have to say I am very lucky to have great friends but speaking frankly none of them show me quite as much loyalty & devotion as my 6-year-old white Alsatian, Cassie.

When I arrive home from work, she greets like I’ve been gone for 10 years! I really believe that man’s best friend is his dog.

I learned about Greyhound Gap through a dear friend and was utterly outraged at some of the horror stories I was told.

Animal cruelty is inhuman & unacceptable. That’s why I am very proud to be supporting Greyhound Gap as they strive to give our loyal four-legged friends the life they deserve.


Kate Hardie

Kate Hardie discovered Greyhound Gap when a friend convinced her to consider a rescue dog rather than buy a puppy and became the proud owner of Woody who she adopted from Gap in 2010. Here is what Kate has to say about her involvement with Greyhound Gap.

I was not keen on the idea of a rescue dog and like so many a naive prospective dog owner was far keener on the “look” of the dog.  My friend was adamant with me I did not need to get a puppy, nor did the dog need to look a certain way, it was far more about temperament and getting the right dog to suit your family and homelife.  The point was made. My search was switched to finding rescue centres for sight hounds. That is when I came across Greyhound Gap.

I was still pretty keen on a good-looking dog, a certain size, etc. But luckily Greyhound Gap were far more keen on who we were and what we were like than finding us a good looking dog. We had a home check and spoke at length to Lisa about our lifestyle, our routines, our temperaments, what we could offer a dog and what we could not! The whole process did take a little while, which in hindsight is a good thing. I had been willing to rush into getting a dog with little thought or preparation. Whereas Greyhound Gap take time to ensure that the right dog is placed in the right home – a process that works so well for both dog and humankind!

After around three months a dog came into Greyhound Gap’s care that Lisa felt would suit us. Having spent time getting to know me and my family and what we are all like, she could pretty much predict any problems we may have and how to solve them.  It was nerve wracking collecting our dog and the first few months were a real learning curve, but Lisa was there every step of the way patiently answering our questions and supporting us. She was kind, funny, reassuring and ultimately our family love Lisa nearly as much as we love our beautiful lurcher Woody.

Woody is possibly the most beautiful dog to walk this planet. I confess he is not the cute, shaggy type I had originally wanted but he is the perfect fit for us. Woody (and Greyhound Gap) have taught us that it’s what is on the inside that counts, and Woody certainly is both beautiful outside and much more importantly inside. Lisa’s help to settle him into our home has been invaluable and he is a joy to have around.

I am hugely proud to be a patron, I do not have to do much to earn the title, but Woody has changed our family’s life. He is a fantastic dog. I am so glad I saw sense and trusted Lisa to find him for us, and us for him. We owe Lisa and the people at Greyhound Gap so much, for bringing us such joy, and for being so extraordinarily sensible, kind, and honest – as does Woody. Not that he would know that he is way too happy lying on the sofa and snoozing!


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