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Meet the team

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Vanda Kizmaz

Founder of Noah's Ark, Vanda works full time in investment banking in London, lives in Cambridgeshire and has two Romanian rescue dogs: Daisy and Benji. Vanda spends all her free time running the rescue with Nikki, liaising daily with our trusted rescuers, promoting the dogs for homes, updating the Facebook page, raising donations, organising the fortnightly transport, liaising with prospective adopters, home checking and being a member of the Animal Team volunteer transport group helping rescue dogs to reach their new homes. Vanda visits Romania as often as she can to work with the rescuers, assessing the dogs for adoption, front line rescuing and ascertaining the rescuers needs for the dogs. Noah’s Ark sends back a full van load of food, bedding, blankets, bowls, leads and collars, etc every fortnight and Vanda coordinates the collection of the aid donations and loading up the returning dog transport van.


Nikki Gooding

Nikki works full time as an accountant for an agricultural machinery company in Essex and she lives in Suffolk with her Italian Spinone Lily, Rommie Rescue pointer Sasha and Wirehaired Dachshund Chilli. Nikki first started in dog rescue as a homechecker, an important role acting as the eyes for all dog rescues helping to get dogs into suitable homes. and has worked as Admin for several years.  She also helps with transport runs wherever possible collecting and delivereing dogs to safety and forever homes.  She got involved with Romanian Dog Rescue back in 2017 and believes passionately in supporting spay and neuter clinics as well as promoting and supporting responsible private shelters in helping to rehome dogs. Nikki also helps out with GSD Rescue  She has a no nonsense approach to dog rescue and hopes one day to have her own rescue kennels.

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Wendy Ashworth

Wendy is our go to person for help with behaviour and training advice to those who adopt dogs from the charity.  
She can help with any concerns from settling in to more serious problems and is always on hand to support our rescue dogs and their adopters on the journey.
Wendy is currently working towards level 5 in animal behaviour, has done several courses to train dogs in person and online via the IMDT, Victoria stillwell, Ian Dunbar College of canine science, Compass, and most importantly shadowing peopl. Wendy owns and runs her own successful dog walking, behaviour and training business in Lancashire, where she is based.

Some of the images we have taken as we continue to volunteer and visit Romania

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