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Meet the team

Here at Leicester Animal Aid, we live and breathe cats and dogs.

But loving animals is not enough; in addition to giving our cats and dogs the best of everything, we set ourselves high standards for health and wellbeing, enrichment and rehoming.   

Click through the photographs below to see some of our staff, volunteers and animals in action.   

Holly and Cruz having fun

Professional standards

L.A.A. is part of the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) - a network of rescue and rehoming organisations that meet high standards of animal care and work together to give every lost, abandoned and unwanted dog and cat the care they deserve and the chance of a happy life.

We're also a partner of Battersea.

We are also registered with the Fundraising Regulator and maintain high standards of care for our supporters.

The L.A.A. team

We have an experienced, highly qualified and professional team. Staff qualifications include: MSc in Animal Welfare; BSc in Biology with Animal Behaviour; BSc in Animal Welfare, Dog Behaviour (Level 6); Level 4 in Dog Behaviour, Psychology and Training; Level 5 Canine Behaviour Practitioner; Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour; World Scent Dog Association Blue Level Instructor. 

Staff regularly attend training sessions to continue their professional development. Courses studied include:  Canine Nutrition; Canine Communication; Canine Behaviour and Psychology; Animal Assisted Therapy; Understanding Canine Anxiety; Managing Kennel Stress; Canine Frustration in Kennels; Abnormal Repetitive Behaviours in Dogs; Working with Stress and Trauma in Dogs; Reactivity – Setting up for Success.

We also have staff who are trained in microchipping and we offer this service to the general public. Please contact us for details. 

Our Trustees

  • Dana Newcombe (Acting Chair)
  • Anabel McDougall (Secretary)
  • Luke Collett (Treasurer)
  • Jess Bostock (Assistant Treasurer)
  • Kevan Kirby
  • Robin Arnold

Our Ambassador 

Local hairdressing entrepreneur Barrie Stephen is an Ambassador for L.A.A. and a dedicated fundraiser.  A big animal lover and well-respected member of the local business community, Barrie organises fundraising events, with his trademark energy and style.  

The L.A.A. way 

We work hard to help dogs and cats that arrive at the Centre to feel comfortable in their new environment, to build their confidence and to help them get ready for their new home. We ensure that animals at our Centre are loved and cared for, sometimes for the first time in their lives, and that we maintain high standards of animal welfare. 

We would like to thank Jennifer Amy Photography for kindly supplying many of the images used on our website.