Kerry Elliman

Trustee (Founder)

Kerry has been involved with Greyhounds for most of her life. She founded sister rescue Birmingham Greyhound Protection (BGP) in June 2012 when, after a few years of rehoming greyhounds, she could see there was a big gap; a need to help greyhounds that were not lucky enough to be put into the mainstream greyhound rescues.

She founded Candy Cane Rescue on 25th of June 2017.

Kerry has two small children, 4 cats, 9 Greyhounds and 1 Bull Lurcher!

Emma Hyland

Trustee (Treasurer)

Emma has been a volunteer with Candy Cane Rescue since it was founded. As well as being treasurer, she administrates the website, answers emails and designs marketing materials. In her other life she is an artist and a freelance creative artworker. She’s fostered 5 greyhounds for Candy Cane’s sister rescue BGP, and is currently owned by her greyhounds Phil & Ted.

Maura Berrini


Susan Cotton


Susan adopted her first greyhound in 1996 and has been involved with them ever since. The greyhound in the photo is Prince Seren who was saved in China by Doe Doe and was brought here by Kerry just before Candy Cane was formed. Her other pets are rescued bunny rabbits who also keep her busy.

Amy Cole


Amy first fell in love with sighthounds with her boy Chase, the whippet, over 12 years ago.

Kerry introduced Amy to the world of rescue and the plight of greyhounds and since then, pack walks, awareness raising and trips to China have become second nature to serve Kerry’s cause for these beautiful dogs.

Amy works in adult social care and is a trained practitioner in functional medicine and nutrition. Fitness, travelling and the great outdoors are Amy’s hobbies.

Topsy (whippet cross), rescued Amy after finding her through Birmingham Greyhound Protection, over 6 years ago.

Tracey Adams


Tracey got her first rescued greyhound a few years ago now and he transformed her life. He instilled in her a determination to help as many greyhounds as possible. She’s been involved with BGP (Candy Cane’s sister rescue) for four years now and with Candy Cane from the start. She is the home checker for both organisations which she loves. Her spare time when not at her full time job is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and homing of greyhounds. She has four rescued greyhounds at home.

Gwenda Watt

Super Fundraiser UK

Gwenda rescued her first greyhound, Banjo, five years ago and fell head over heels in love with him and the breed. She currently live in Stiringshire, Scotland with hubby, two sons, two greyhounds (Snoopy & Charlie), two cats, two rabbits and a chicken!. She runs a cottage industry making cushions and logo embroidery services. She started using her creative skills to fundraise for the Greyhound Awareness League. When she discovered the plight of the China greyhounds she was so upset and desperate to help them but had no idea where to start. When Kerry set up Candy Cane she realised there were many people out there who felt the same as her. Shortly after she set up the “Candy Cane Fundraising Group” and teamed up with Sharon. The group has grown in numbers and is now a hugely motivated, amazing team of people, connected by their love of greyhounds, who raise funds to help support the work of Candy Cane.

Sharon Podmore

Super Fundraiser UK

Sharon has always loved animals and has been around dogs since she was born. She rescued her first Greyhound, Heidi, in 2007 and became totally hooked on their gentle and loving nature. She started volunteering by walking the Greyhounds at her local rescue kennels and then started organising fundraising events. Sharon co-runs “The Candy Cane Rescue Fundraising Group” on Facebook with Gwenda. She is married to Dave and they live in Herefordshire where they are currently owned by two Greyhounds, 11 year old Roo and Elli aged 7.

Jacqueline Howard

Super Fundraiser USA

With her husband, Albert, Jacqueline adopted her first greyhound in 2000. Since then, she has volunteered in greyhound rescue and served on a Board of Trustees for a greyhound rescue group. Jacqueline is also the host and producer of the “About Greyhounds” podcast and has fostered over 100 greyhounds with her family. Jacqueline is a writer and by day works for a Fortune 50 company; her company recognized her as the Volunteer of the Year in 2017 and 2018––this led to an electronic billboard featuring her and her greyhound Baron, being displayed on the Times Square billboard both years. She’s also authored two humorous fiction books, “Son of a Dog” and “Cruise to Nowhere,” both featuring rescued greyhounds. In 2019, Jacqueline and Albert adopted Felix, a Candy Cane Rescue greyhound from China.

Ellen Ganopoulos

Super Fundraiser USA

Ellen has tirelessly worked in greyhound rescue since 1995. That’s when she and her husband, Bill, adopted their first greyhound. Ellen served as a long-time trustee of a greyhound rescue group and fostered countless greyhounds––nursing several to health after they suffered catastrophic racing injuries. Over the last ten years, Ellen has worked as a crisis counselor and has been a greyhound therapy dog handler specializing in NJ state disaster/terrorism mental health response. Since 2012, Ellen also took on rescue efforts of galgos and podencos in Spain and will have made her 26th New York and Madrid round trip to bring dogs to the States for placement in loving homes.