Meet the Team

Our dedicated team of staff come from various backgrounds and but they all share an immense passion for animals and work together to achieve one common goal; ‘To provide shelter from harm and the promise of a brighter future’.

Sarah Schranz – Kennel and Cattery Manager

I started my rescue career early taking the school chickens home in my bag so they couldn’t be sent to the ‘farm’. I have always had a great love of animals and really found her place whilst living in Australia when I began volunteering for the ACT Rescue & Foster Association, temperament testing dogs in city pounds, coordinating and fostering to rescue them. Returning to the UK with her Aussie husband, she began a Degree in Animal Behaviour & Welfare at Hartpury College, before working my way up the ladder working at Animal Sanctuaries. Taking a career break to run my own retail business, I continued to volunteer for The Labrador Rescue Trust but my love of rescues led me back to applying at Holly Hedge and the rest is history. I am mum to Labradors, Cooper and Holly Hedge dog Quin, and Charlie & Jasper my two black Cats.

Lucinda Pullen – Assistant Kennel and Cattery Manager

I have always had a strong passion for animals and had hamster and rabbits growing up. I volunteered with animals wherever possible from groomers, veterinary surgeries to the Monkey Sanctuary. I gained a BSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare at Chester University before travelling for 3 years. Once back in the UK i based myself back in Chester where I studied a PGCE and began teaching Animal Care to Mainstream and Autistic learners at a college in North Wales. During this time I also volunteered for Chester Kitty Cat Rescue and Cats Protection where I helped with feral populations, fostering, fundraising, home checking etc. To work in animal welfare and rescue work has always been my ambition so when a job came up at Holly Hedge I jumped at the chance to change location and join the team. I have 4 cats that moved down with me – Maisey, Blue, George and Tilly and a new addition to the cat clan Noah.

The Finance Team

Our animal-loving Finance ladies Liz and Mandy, along with our Treasurer Pam, keep an eye on the Holly Hedge finances to keep everything running smoothly. From dealing with the day-to-day bookkeeping to logging all the wonderful, and gratefully received, donations from our supporters.

Animal Care Assistants

Our wonderful Animal Care Assistants are made up of a team of loving caring people who make sure our dogs and cats are cared for in the best possible way. A mix of full time, part time, casual staff and evening lock up staff, they start early and finish late taking time to ensure we provide the highest level of enrichment and welfare. Many of our staff have been here for years and some of our team start as work placements form Universities or through volunteering. Working in Animal Care is a highly rewarding career and knowing that our animals have been happy during their time at Holly Hedge is everyone’s goal, however our team love nothing more than waving our animals off to their forever homes.. we usually shed a few happy tears along the way too!

The Reception Team

Our fantastic reception ladies are what keeps Holly Hedge running smoothly, responding to all of our enquiries, dealing with our never ending phone calls, and making sure that the endless amounts of admin is up to date – all while with a huge smile on their faces and making everyone feeling welcome upon visiting the sanctuary and making sure that all of our lovely residents find their perfect forever home.