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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Noanie Heffron

Noanie lives in North Ayrshire with her partner John, 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 (10), and Rufus (5). 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. Noanie has a particular interest in dogs with severe behavioural problems who have seen little improvement despite input from multiple trainers/behaviourists, and she has helped many Vizsla owners develop a better and happier relationship with their dog.

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Richard Styles

Richard lives in Cheshire with his wife and son. A senior software engineer with a background in IT Infrastructure management is helping the Charity with the IT systems. To help facilitate and manage the rehoming of Vizslas in need, with modern technology.

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Officers

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Claire Millar

Claire lives in South Wales and has been involved with Vizslas since adopting pup Woody in 2011 and then going on to adopt 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 has run the London Marathon to raise 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

Kim lives in a small village in the South Hams in Devon and has lived with a variety of working and gun dogs all her life. She grew up with English Setters and later Dobermanns and has owned Vizslas for over 20 years. Her last 4 dogs have all been rescues and she recently lost her last 2 Vizslas, Asa aged 8 and Luka, aged 12. She currently lives with Jeeves, a 4-year-old rescue Vizsla x Jura hound from Cyprus who has happily landed on his paws in his forever home. Kim assists with emergency fostering and fundraising for Vizslas in need, as well as all the usual duties of a welfare officer. She is an active and respected member of several online groups offering advice and support to Vizsla owners. She has always had a keen interest in the welfare of animals and is a keen advocate of responsible dog ownership.

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Sue Aldous

Sue lives in Dorset and is now retired after a career in Government fraud investigation, largely undercover. She is married to a retired police officer and has always owned dogs, German Shepherds and latterly Vizslas after rescuing a young bitch from Spain. After losing Bonnie at age 12, she first volunteered to foster with the Charity before coming on board as a full welfare officer The welfare of the breed is very important to her as she has seen first hand how much care and support a rehomed dog needs after leaving their first family, for whatever reason.

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Nina Draj

Nina has been around dogs and animals from a young age, and has worked in the animal industry for 35 years. After her previous career as a show groom ended due to injury, she now runs a successful dog walking and pet care business. Having owned several different breeds throughout her life, she has had Vizslas since 2003, and says her bitch Lexi was the love of her life. In 2018 Lexi passed on at the grand old age of 15, and devastatingly Lexi's daughter Porsche followed her just 10 days later. Nina was a fosterer for the Charity for many years before recently coming on board as a full welfare officer, and she is looking forward to helping the breed that she is so passionate about. As well as helping dogs in need, Nina is a keen trail and marathon runner and now has her sights set on an ultra-run.

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Supporting us

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