Our Story

The Paw Project UK was founded in August 2021 by Simone, who has been in the rescue community for a few years. She wanted to create her own community and rescue facility to ensure everything was done to the highest of standards and to help many dogs to achieve their happy ending.

We have a vigorous adoption process and only accept applications of high standard. We work with multiple reputable rescuers in Romania and North Macedonia who all have a different quantity and variety of dogs. We pride ourselves in having honest and truthworth relationships with our rescuers so that we can work together and find all dogs a suitable home.

We aren’t your standard rescue with set rules on who can adopt from us, we believe dogs can have a wonderful life regardless of certain home setups. We do adopt to flats, homes without gardens and have even had two adopters who lived in caravans and the dogs are extremely happy! These situations are all dog dependant of course and wont suit all dogs.

Meet the team

Simone

Position in the rescue - Founder

I’m Simone, I’m 30 years old and a married mum of three children and two Romanian furbabies. I founded The Paw Project UK in August 2021 after being involved in rescue for a couple of years. After adopting my first Romanian rescue dog and doing a lot of research I saw how horrendous the dogs were treated and decided I wanted to help all I could. I volunteered for a couple of different rescues before deciding to open my own. I’m very passionate about what I do and put my heart into helping as many dogs as I can to find suitable safe homes in the UK. I pride myself in trying to run the rescue to very high standards with the help of my amazing team.

Jasmin

Position in the rescue - Executive manager

I'm Jasmin, I am an owner of four Romanian Rescues, 3 of which I was lucky enough to adopt from the Paw Project. I have always been passionate about making the lives of dogs better. I got my first Romanian rescue in 2019. After that I realised that so many little lives were desperately in need of help. After adopting my first from The Paw Project UK, I decided I wanted to volunteer with them and joined the team. I have a 2 diplomas in canine communication and one in pet psychology. I am lucky enough to help manage a few teams and work with the most incredible and passionate people to change the lives of so many dogs.

Tania

Position in the rescue - Executive Manager

Im Tania I'm 46 and head of homechecks and also part of the welfare check team I work in the beauty industry but I'm currently doing an advanced diploma in dog training/ behavioural hopefully leading to working full time in that field. I Have two beautiful rescues of my own who I adore and love being apart of this amazing team

Hannah

Position in the rescue - Adoptions Manager

Hello everyone I’m Hannah I’m 25 years old and I’m fundraising manager and also one of the adoption managers at the paw project uk. I also own my own business making and selling my own wax melts as well as looking after 2 children and 4 dogs of my own all from the paw project. I’ve always dreamed of having a dog of my own and now I have 4 amazing dogs. I also take in foster dogs now and again. I came across the paw project nearly a year ago and thought wow I’d love to be able to help as the way dogs are treated over there is absolutely appalling. I was accepted as an adoption admin which was amazing and now I’ve been promoted to adoption manager. I absolutely love what I do! It gives me so much joy finding these doggies a home and seeing them happy in their new homes. The feeling of joy never goes away even after being here for nearly a year I still get it.

Shona

Position in the rescue - Adoptions manager

Hey! I am Shona. I am 29 years old. I am from Edinburgh, Scotland I am currently a stay at home mum to my two children. I do a part time college course for child development. I first came across paw project and adopted my beautiful pup Ivy. I then seen a advertisement for admin and instantly thought oh il join! Then I chose to foster my girl Skye, now she is our girl as we adopted her 🙂 Since then I have went from Adoption Admin to Adoption Manager & I am now also Foster Admin & Fundraising Admin. Paw project has given me a right smile on my face and a sense of purpose helping all these beautiful dogs come to there forever homes. There is no better feeling than a dog finding there best friend & being apart of it. Paw project doesn’t only change dogs lives. It’s changed mine for the better.

Jade

Position in the rescue - Homecheck manager

I'm jade 31 years old live in Plymouth devon. I am a mum of 2 beautiful girls. I have always had a passion for helping people/ animals etc, I came across the paw project uk whilst looking for a dog for my in laws, I then seen them taking on for volunteers, I loved the idea of homechecks as I can generally talk for England! Since doing homechecks I was promoted to assistant homecheck manager and I also help out with adoptions aswell. I love that feeling when you get a dog/ pup it's new home! Since joining the paw project uk I even adopted 2 rescues myself from the paw project and honestly wouldn't change anything for the world. Its a win win for me, I get to do a job I love, whilst helping animals, whilst meeting some amazing adopters and making some great friends 😀

Abbie

Position in the rescue - Aftercare Manager

Hiya! I’m Abbie, a crazy dog lady (quite literally!) I have 9 dogs, 8 of which are rescue dogs, two are brothers from The Paw Project 💛 I also have 2 rescue cats and lots of other animals (rabbits, hamsters, gecko, fish and an African Pygmy hedgehog). It’s a busy house for sure but it’s full of love 🥰 I have always worked with animals from weekend jobs, rehoming and boarding kennels to then working at a specialist referral vets for four years so I have lots of experience in all different aspects of dog health and behaviour. 🐶 My only passion in life is animals from as young as I can remember and I dedicate my life to ensuring they are all happy, healthy and living fulfilled lives. All dogs deserve a forever home where they are safe and loved so when I was asked by Simone to help new adopters with advice and making sure their new rescue dog was as comfortable and happy as they could be of course I jumped at the opportunity. Helping others makes me so happy and if I can offer my time into doing that, I will absolutely do my best 🥰 Being able to help other dogs thrive in their new homes is an indescribable feeling and I’m so glad I get to do my bit to help these wonderful dogs and their new families. ♥️

Chloe

Position in the rescue - Adoptions admin

I’m Chloe 🙂 I am 23 years old and from Somerset, UK. I am currently in the process of setting up my own dog walking business, that way I can take my dogs to work with me! I became a admin after I adopted my first Paw Project dog (foster fail) It’s amazing to part of an organisation that is so dedicated to getting paws their forever homes. I have now adopted a few more doggies and fostered a couple too! The most rewarding part of being a admin is seeing all the dogs you’ve found families for happy in their forever homes. The ladies on the team all have a huge passion, the work they do is incredible and I feel lucky to be part of the team.

Charlotte

Position in the rescue - Adoptions admin

I’m Charlotte🌈 I’m 24 years old and I’m from Reading, UK. I work as a Pricing Analyst by day but have a true passion for helping out, especially when it comes to beautiful animals. I came across Paw Project when searching for my own pup to join my family and was so impressed with how brilliant and helpful the team were in supporting with completing my family. I then took on my baby Barney in April 2022 and never looked back. Seeing how much he grew in the few weeks and months he was in his forever home I decided I wanted to help other families get complete with their perfect dogs, so I now work as one of the Adoption Admins for Paw Project UK. I absolutely love being able to help all these beautiful dogs, working with brilliant rescuers and to complete that the constant support and friendships I’ve made with the team here♥️

Debby

Position in the rescue - adoptions admin

Hi I am Debby. I am a mother to 3 grown children. I have 2 beautiful grandsons we are my world. On May 13th 2021 we lost our big furboy, Koda. He had uncontrollable epilepsy which was getting worse so we had to let him go over rainbow 🌈 bridge. It took a long time before I could think about getting another baby but 4 months ago we adopted Nessie. She came to us from Paw Project and we couldn't be happier with our decision. So when Paw Project were looking for volunteers it was a really easy decision to make. Helping other 'nessies' is just the best.

Georgina

Position in the rescue - Homecheck admin

Hey, my name is Georgina and I’m 22 years old! I first heard of the Paw Project back at the start of 2022 when we applied to adopt our first dog Socks from Romania. Whilst completing the application process I soon realised that this is something I defiantly would love to do after meeting all the amazing team!! Flash forward a little later and we got another beautiful dog Dino from Bulgaria. The Paw Project have helped me adopt my two beautiful boys and now I get to help others find there 4 legged friends and it is such a blessing❤️

Megan

Position in the rescue - Homecheck admin

I’m Megan, I’m 24 and from Essex. I am part of the homecheck team. I have always wanted to help animals and had been looking to volunteer for a rescue. I then came across paw project who were looking for home checkers which is how I joined the team. At the time I was looking for a new pooch to join my boy but ended up being a foster fail to 2 beautiful sisters. I used to be nervous about adopting a rescue dog but I can honestly say it has been the best decision I have made. I am now a mum to 3 pooches. Just watching them grow and become their happiest, you won’t ever have a feeling like it. I love volunteering and have loved every second of being part of such an amazing supportive team and watching all these special dogs find their happily ever after.

Liam

Position in the rescue - Homecheck admin

Hello there I’m Liam, I am 23 and currently living in Yorkshire, I work for the NHS full-time and volunteer for this amazing organisation in my spare time. After adopting two dogs from The Paw Project UK, I saw what a difference it made to their lives and thought to myself “There must be something I can do to help” and that is where my journey began. I am currently a home check admin and there is not better feeling than finding a beautiful dog a new beautiful home. This team is full of amazing people, whom all share the same passion of finding rescue dogs a home. It is a privilege to be apart of the team and share valuable knowledge and experiences.

Joanne

Position in the rescue - Homecheck admin

I am a mum to 2 teenagers and a 6 year old fur ball, in my spare time I’m an artist, (dogs are my speciality) and a triathlete. I volunteer with The Paw Project working with the home check team. I also volunteer with other rescues. It is very satisfying to help find fur-ever homes for these wonderful animals. Having experienced the joy and comfort that my own dog has brought me during some dark times, I recommend everyone to adopt a dog if they can!