Hungarian Vizsla Welfare Charity

Hungarian Vizsla Welfare Charity
Helping vizsla enjoy a better life

Our Vision and Mission

Every Vizsla has a healthy life in a happy home with responsible ownership.

The Hungarian Vizsla Welfare Charity promotes responsible ownership of the breed with advice about health and welfare and help with adoption and re-homing.

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Sue Millson

Sue lives in Kent and has been involved with working breeds, predominantly Vizslas, for over 30 years, breeding, showing and working them; also designing a training book for handlers to work dogs. As the Club Breed Welfare Officer for 12 years and the KC Breed Health Coordinator, she designed the first health survey for the breed in addition to the current (second) survey. Sue also enjoyed a medical career in both the private health sector and NHS, finishing her career as an NHS operating theatre manager with responsibility for budgets, staff and training, from which she retired in 2011. She has recently lost one loved Vizsla so is down to four that she works. Additionally, Sue raises funds for Vizsla Welfare from Vizsla merchandise.

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Claire Aldridge

Claire lives in Kent and has been involved with Vizslas for over 35 years. She has both owned and bred them. Claire has done a limited amount of showing, but has mainly worked with her Vizslas. Vizsla welfare has always been a major concern of hers, and she actively looks after and rehomes a number of the dogs that come into welfare. Claire’s other main interest is in the equine world, and she is Chairman Emeritus of the British Horse Society

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Raymond Weakley

Raymond lives in Dorset, having retired some 10 years ago after 35 years working for an American Global Corporation. Raymond has worked extensively in North America and Europe. Born in Herefordshire and growing up in the Herefordshire country side Raymond has from a very early age had a keen interest in working animals and especially their welfare.

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Lizzi Styles

Lizzi and Matt cover Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Gtr Manchester They have been Vizsla owners since 2014, and before becoming Welfare Officers assisted in fostering and transporting Vizslas in need. They have a four year old male called Duke. Lizzi is a masters student at Liverpool University and Matt is a regional Manager for a national recruiting agency. Their spare time is taken up with spoiling their Vizsla with long walks.

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Noanie Heffron

Noanie lives in North Ayrshire with her partner John Duncan, Between them they organise several trail ultramarathons per year as a hobby, although their ‘real’ jobs are charity administrator and stamp dealer. They have a varying number of dogs, depending on who is visiting and/or being fostered, but permanent family members are Sam (13), Vaz (9), and Rufus (4). Sam is not a Vizsla and is still rueing the day his silly owners caught the ginger bug. Rufus and Vaz are both HVWC dogs, with Vaz being a Failed Foster who decided to stay.

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Officers

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Claire Millar

Claire lives in South Wales and has been involved with Vizslas since adopting a pup Woody in 2011 and then going on to adopt a Welfare boy Scooby She retired from a career in account management in the FMCG industry and relocated from Wiltshire to Cardiff in 2016. She has 2 daughters and runs a dog walking business. Claire is a keen runner and in April 2016 completed the London Marathon raising funds for our Welfare Charity. She grew up with dogs and has always wanted to work with animals so after falling in love with the Vizsla breed she is delighted to be involved in rescue and help other dogs find their forever home, just like her Scooby.

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Kim Dixon

I live in a small village in the South Hams in Devon and have lived with a variety of working and gun dogs all my life. I grew up with English Setters and later Dobermanns and have owned Vizslas for over 20 years. My last 4 dogs have all been rescues and I lost my last 2 Vizsla’s, Asa aged 8 and Luka, who was diabetic , aged 12 to cancer of the spleen. I currently live with Jeeves, a 4-year-old rescue Vizsla Jura hound cross from Cyprus who has happily landed on his paws in his forever home. I have assisted with emergency fostering and fundraising for Vizsla’s in need before accepting the role of welfare officer, I am an active and respected member of several online groups offering advice and support to Vizsla owners. I have always had a keen interested in the welfare of animals and am a keen advocate of positive training and responsible dog ownership. I firmly believe that bringing any dog into your home is a long-term commitment that requires time, patience, knowledge and lots of love.

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Sue Aldous

I live in Dorset and i am retired after a career in Government fraud investigation, largely undercover. I am married to a retired police officer and have always owned dogs, German Shepherds and latterly Vizslas after rescuing a young bitch from Spain. After losing Bonnie to cancer aged 12, I volunteered to foster with the Charity. I have also done home checks and handovers. The welfare of the breed is very important to me as I have seen first hand how much care and support a rehomed dog needs after losing their families for whatever reason.

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Nina Draj

I have been around dogs and animals from a small age I've Worked in the animal industry for 35 years in varies roles. Having several different breeds throughout my life I came across the Vizsla in 2001, I was on a waiting list for a bitch puppy that I called Lexi who joined our family in 2003 she was the love of my life whom passed at a great age of 15 in 2018 She had 2 delightful daughters one of whom was Porsche who devastatingly passed just 10 days after her mother . I was a foster home for a few years for the charity which was very rewarding. Due to injury my career as a show groom ended which enabled me to set up a now very successful dog walking and pet care business I love to trail run including marathons and hoping to try an ultra-run.. I am looking forward to helping the breed again which I am passionate about

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Supporting us

There are several ways you can support the charity, and not just by adopting or fostering a Vizsla.