Meet The ‘RAIN’ Team

yogi jacquieJACQUIE NEILSON   Our founder and Charity Manager Jacquie works tirelessly overseeing the day to day running of the rescue in all aspects. Jacquie started Rain Rescue in 2002 as a small voluntary group helping save the lives of dogs and cats throughout the Yorkshire region. In 2006 Rain Rescue became a registered charity.  Jacquie has taken the charity from strength to strength ensuring animal welfare remains its priority throughout.

In 2013 Jacquie was voted onto the Management Committee of the ADCH (The Association of Dogs and Cats Home).

An Association promoting best practice in animal welfare for dogs and cats where its members are dedicated to improving conditions for dogs and cats rescue.







STEVE NEILSON    Steve is Rain Rescue’s Operations Manager.  Steve plays a vital role in ensuring high standards are maintained throughout the charity. Visiting the pounds on a weekly basis Steve is the person tasked with the most difficult job of all – deciding which dogs to bring back with him. Although we often joke he can’t count, he will go to the pound for 2 dogs and often return with 3 saying ”I just couldn’t leave this one behind.” Steve also works with the dogs on a daily basis to ensure they are getting the appropriate training and socialisation to ensure they have the best chance of finding their forever homes.




Lauren is the Deputy Charity Manager and provides support in the day to day running of the charity as well as ensuring the rescue has the financial support to carry on its vital work.  Lauren has a life long passion for animal welfare and works with RAIN to continue its growth long into the future.  Anyone interested in hearing more about the work RAIN does, or is looking to sponsor any of the work – please get in touch with Lauren.  






Working from a very very basic but rented site in Rotherham, the team care for hundreds of dogs and cats throughout the year.  Taking them in from true crisis situations, they help them to trust people again, bring them back to as good a health as we can restore and then find them the right new home.  Our ultimate goal.  The team are there to find re-homable dogs and cats, thrown away by today’s society into the right home.

[L-R] Hayley Yorke, Welfare Assistant, Katie Hetherington, Welfare Assistant, Victoria Whelan, Welfare Manager, and Sarah Williams, Welfare Assistant. Also photographed is Marley the Dogue De Bordeaux.



[L-R] Michelle, Chelsea, Lucy, Clare, Danielle, and Steven. (PLUS Bishop the dog!)

We opened our first charity shop in Arbourthorne, Sheffield in 2012 and our second in Sunnyside, Rotherham in 2013.   Our team of staff and volunteers each day they meet and greet so many of our friends and supporters who regularly come and donate goods for us to sell in the shop – and hopefully as they walk in with one bag to donate, they walk out with another bag they have bought.

The shops, alongside our other methods of fundraising, provide the rescue with a vital source of income and allow us to keep saving the lives of pets in crisis.

During the 3 years that the charity has run 2 shops, the workload on the welfare team to support the shops meant that welfare was not the core of the work we were doing – and so when the opportunity arose, it was decided not to continue with the 2nd shop.  We thank all the supporters, volunteers and staff for the work they did during that period but now wish to focus more on getting the welfare side stronger.

The Arbourthorne shop, a central hub on the Arbourthorne estate continues to be as busy as ever with shoppers and donors in and out of the shop all day long.  This lovely team is managed by Lucy Scott along with Danielle Thompson and the happy team of volunteers that are with it.  Lucy and her team keep the busy shop well stocked and tidy with the thousands of items donated by our supporters and this little Aladdins Cave continues to raise funds for Rain Rescue.

Lucy also runs an auction where some of the items from the shops also go on sale – again to raise more and more funds.  Members of the public are welcome to list and sell items donating the money via Paypal or directly into the shop.


RAIN Rescue have some wonderful supporters and volunteers and collectively – we are all ‘the team’.  The Team that saves the lives of local dogs and cats who are at the point of possible destruction, nowhere else to turn and for that – we are all so very proud to be a part of.

Thank you to each and every one you … far too many to name!

A very special Lady – Linda Napper

Our page would not be complete without a mention of a very special friend and lady who is so very sadly missed.


Linda Napper – dedicated her life to helping any animal in need.  Whilst known to RAIN for a long time, she joined our team of staff just a few years ago, and helped us all to get through the sad days, by a laugh and a naughty chuckle.  The saying always was “ask Linda”.  Sadly, on March 17th 2015 Linda was called away from us to go and share her new life with all the animals she had helped down here on earth.

Their gain was our loss and the hole she left us was and still is huge.  We share that loss with her wonderful and loving family but we and they will always remember her for her big love of her family and animals.

When Linda passed away – her friends and family donated funds to RAIN RESCUE so that we could create something special in Linda’s name.  This came in 2016 when we opened up ‘Linda’s Cattery’ and marked the occasion celebrating Rain Rescue’s 10 years of being a registered charity and dedicated a special plaque in memory of our lost friend.  We invited Linda’s family to come back and see the work that had been achieved.