The BTRF Team are grateful to registered supporters and volunteers who give their time to help with transport, fundraising and fostering. Without them we could not offer the rehoming service that we do.
These supporters and volunteers support the BTRF Team that is at the sharp end. These are also all volunteers, they give their time and resources for free because they are passionate about the breed.
We are very fortunate to have several dedicated Area Coordinators on the team who have many years experience of breeding, showing, owning and even judging Bedlingtons. They know the breed inside out and can offer excellent advice to people thinking about rescuing a Bedlington Terrier or their crosses.
We are also very fortunate to have three members of the team who are very experienced professional positive reward based trainers / behaviourists who are always on hand to give training backup and support to owners if needed and help dogs that come to us with behavioural 'baggage'.
Director / Trustee
Frances took over as Director from our Founder, Barbara Butcher in 2004. She is responsible for the smooth running of the Charity but one of her other many roles is as the Area Coordinator for Wales! She is always there to help and support the other Coordinators and works tirelessly to help Bedlingtons find their new homes.
Ken is the senior gentleman of the BTRF, now in his 90s! He tends to take a bit more of a back seat these days but he has spent his life surrounded by Bedlingtons. He was an important supporter of the Bedlington Terrier Association for many decades. He has judged Bedlingtons all over the world and is respected internationally as an expert on the breed.
Area Coordinator - Scotland / Northumberland
Mike is our newly appointed Scottish Coordinator who lives in Lockerbie, South West Scotland. He is now retired after a lifetime working in social housing property management.
Mike came across the Bedlington breed a few years ago when over in South Shields running a marathon and fell in love.
Area Coordinator - Cheshire & Gtr Manchester / Trustee
Natalia Lewis is our Cheshire / Gtr Manchester Coordinator, she is also our Legal Advisor, being a Solicitor in her 'day life'! She has been amazing in helping us take the step to becoming a Registered Charity.
She has a BTRF rescue dog and has many years experience of living with the breed, so is well placed to help and advise potential new adopters.
Amanda is one of the new members of the team who looks after North Yorkshire and Humberside.
As the adopting family of our two boys, Benji and Taffy she went through our Adoption Process, and so understands first hand what we look for in our adopting families. Therefore we were very happy that she wanted to become part of the BTRF Team.
Rachel (affectionately known as Skip on the team!) first fell in love with the breed when her parents had Billy, over 14 years ago now. She and Jonathan met the same year, getting married a couple of years later, before deciding that they too needed a little Bedlington in their lives!
Julia looks after our potential adopters in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Having been a PA for over 40 years, Julia now runs a small dog daycare and home‑boarding business.
She tells us that joining the BTRF team is her way of being involved with Bedlingtons without getting any more - "I just love them to bits, they have so much personality, so much love to give and they just make me laugh all the time."
Cheryl & Steve are our coordinators for the Home Counties North (Herts, Bucks, Oxfordshire, Beds, Northants, Cambs) and on the foster carer team. They have been Bedlington Terrier owners for over 11 years now but have always been around dogs.
Their Beddie, Chester was a rescue over 11 years ago. He was in a very bad state both physically and emotionally and it took quite a while to turn him into the absolutely adorable character he is today!
Three of our team are also experienced professional Trainers / Behaviourists and can therefore offer advice and help when a Rescue dog comes to us with the inevitable behavioural 'baggage'. We are also able to work with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and reputable behaviourists around the country when our behavioural team are unable to work with the dog themselves due to distance.
Kaye Scott (MAPDT)
Training & Behaviour Advisor / Trustee
Kaye got involved with the BTRF shortly after getting her two dogs, a Bedlington x Whippet boy and Bedlington girl from Frances about 8 years ago!
As a professional dog trainer / behaviourist and full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, she was able to offer advice when dogs came in needing training / behaviour support and backup.
Morag is a Registered Veterinary Nurse, (important as often there are health issues involved in animals’ behaviour) and has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2003 and an assessor for prospective new members and on the committee of the Association.
She qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in November 1989, and has worked in practice for most of the time since. Now she mainly works in dog training and behaviour, but still locums for an emergency clinic regularly and odd days in a variety of other practices from time to time.
BTRF have a number of Area Coordinators around the country.
Please be aware that many of the coordinators that volunteer for BTRF also have full time jobs but they will make contact with you as soon as possible
Register Charity information
Bedlington Terrier Rescue Foundation is a charitable incorporated organisation and a registered charity with Registered Charity Number 1176408 whose registered address is at Glyn Coch, Alltwalis, Carmarthen SA32 7EA