Helen Griffiths from Parkstone thanked for 25-year service to animals

AWARD DELIGHT: Helen Griffiths, founder of the Dorset Animal Workers Group who has just received an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords

AWARD DELIGHT: Helen Griffiths, founder of the Dorset Animal Workers Group who has just received an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords

First published in News by

THOUSANDS of abused dogs have been saved by a Poole woman from vicious fighting rings or the threat of being put down.

Now to mark her achievements over 25 years, Helen Griffiths of Parkstone has been honoured with a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

The award was presented by Queen legend Brian May at a glamorous event at the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Gale.

The animal lover began rescuing unwanted dogs in 1987 when friends asked her to take them in. Alerted to more and more animals needing help, she set up the Dorset Animal Workers Group to co-ordinate rescues with a network of around a dozen volunteers and foster carers covering Poole and Bournemouth.

“I’ve always loved animals, particularly dogs and it was natural to want to help,” said Helen, 51, who also works as a carer.

“You can’t spend your life doing nothing if there is something you care about. I also have a good network of rescuers to help me. The most satisfying aspect for me is when I get an update on an abused dog which has found a new home and is happy again. Then I know a great job has been done.”

She has turned part of her home into a sanctuary where she nurses and rehabilitates injured dogs and other animals. Dogs from fighting rings and shelters where they faced being put down, strays from Ireland and the north of England have all been given another chance thanks to her.

Most of the dogs are looked after by foster carers until they can be permanently rehomed and she was nominated for the award by friends and strangers.

“Helen’s true devotion to animal welfare has given a new start to thousands of animals in dire circumstances and she obviously inspires many others around her,” Robbie Marsland, UK director of IFAW said.

“She is a very deserving winner of IFAW’s Companion Animal Award.”

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:23pm Mon 5 Nov 12

earthwise says...

Well done Helen......
Proud to know you...... ツ
BЄ Fʀєє x
Well done Helen...... Proud to know you...... ツ BЄ Fʀєє x earthwise
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Mon 5 Nov 12

mw2010 says...

our dog daisy came from there
very well done
our dog daisy came from there very well done mw2010
  • Score: 0

10:00pm Mon 5 Nov 12

julesgems says...

Well done hellen you diserve it :)
Well done hellen you diserve it :) julesgems
  • Score: 0

7:30am Tue 6 Nov 12

Time_Traveller says...

A very worthy winner! We had a dog from her many years ago and she is a selfless and extremely hard working person who will go to the ends of the earth for animals.

It's just a pity that there are so many unwanted dogs these days :(
A very worthy winner! We had a dog from her many years ago and she is a selfless and extremely hard working person who will go to the ends of the earth for animals. It's just a pity that there are so many unwanted dogs these days :( Time_Traveller
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Jenny PoshPaws says...

Basil (formerly Baggins) says "well done Helen!". :)
Basil (formerly Baggins) says "well done Helen!". :) Jenny PoshPaws
  • Score: 0

4:58pm Tue 6 Nov 12

anti wrinkle says...

I had a rescued dog from there one
He was an escape artist,
When i got him home I tied him to a table leg to stop him running away,
When i got up next morning
There he was... gone.
I had a rescued dog from there one He was an escape artist, When i got him home I tied him to a table leg to stop him running away, When i got up next morning There he was... gone. anti wrinkle
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Tue 6 Nov 12

dippers says...

Wonderful, wonderful Helen and her band of trusted fosterers. Such shining stars in the darkness of dogs needing good homes.

Shine on my friend, we need your light xxx
Wonderful, wonderful Helen and her band of trusted fosterers. Such shining stars in the darkness of dogs needing good homes. Shine on my friend, we need your light xxx dippers
  • Score: 0

8:16pm Tue 6 Nov 12

APC303 says...

Well Done!
Well Done! APC303
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree