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Joanne Rhys-Evans

Animal Welfare Manager

Joanne became a member of staff in 2003 following a career in hairdressing. Joanne says "I wanted a new and rewarding career in animal rescue." Joanne has knowledge of all species of animals at the sanctuary but has a particular interest in pigs. Her favourite part of the day is contributing to improving the lives of all animals.

Chris Bennett

Animal Welfare Assistant

Chris joined the team in 2006 after seeking a change in his career. He has studied an NVQ in animal care and has a particular interest in dogs. Chris says "I enjoy participating in the sanctuary's rehoming programme and have a passion for ensuring the sanctuary maintains a high standard of cleanliness."

Louise Kilby

Animal Welfare Assistant

Louise secured a position at the sanctuary as an animal carer in 2017. Louise enjoys helping all the animals but her particular area of expertise is horses and ponies.

Ben Merrick

Animal Welfare Assistant

Ben started volunteering at the sanctuary in summer 2013 and progressed later that year into becoming a member of staff. Ben continues to develop his knowledge and experience in the field of animal welfare and is currently studying towards gaining a qualification in animal care. Ben says "I have a particular interest in our canine friends but I'm looking forward to broadening my knowledge of the animal kingdom."

Becky Hayes

Animal Welfare Assistant

Becky started volunteering with the sanctuary as an animal carer and was offered a position a year later. She hopes to gain more experience within the area of animal welfare and will undertake relevant qualifications and training to further her career.

Clare Davies

Plant Centre Officer

Clare started as a volunteer in 2015 in our sanctuary's plant centre. Proving to be an invaluable member of the team she became employed as our on-site Plant Centre Officer in the Spring of 2018.

Clare has worked in retail, care, cleaning, driving and customer service and has been an active supporter of All Creatures Great and Small for the past 15 years.

Robert Harrison


Robert worked as a printer for over 40 years. He began volunteering for the sanctuary before progressing to a paid position in 2018.

John Bills

John Bills has been our dog assessor since 2012, and we are very grateful for his unique service. At All Creatures Great & Small John assesses all dogs before they come into the sanctuary, as well as all homes of potential forever-families.

John is a member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and has trained both working dogs and family pets for 35 years. John worked for 23 of those years as a police dog instructor and handler.

John does an excellent job for us and even goes the extra mile by following up on our dogs in their-forever homes and offering a helping hand to the new owners regarding training and obedience. For more on John's dog training, click here.



Heather Short

Charity Shop Co-ordinator

Heather joined the team originally as fundraiser for the charity, following a successful background in sales and within the travel industry. She can be contacted at either Risca or Usk shops on 01291 672099 or 01633 614446

Sandra Harrison

Charity Shop Coordinator

Sandra can be contacted at either Fairwater or Pontypool shops by calling 01633 872388 or 01495 740300.

Kathy Morgan

Charity Shop Assistant

Kathy joined the team in the Winter of 2017. She can be contacted at our Pontypool Charity Shop on 01495 740300.