Newport website earns doggy honour at House of Lords
2:08pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
A NEWPORT dog-lover has been awarded at the House of Lords, for her innovative work with dogs.
Jayne Hayes, of Maesglas, Newport, was presented with the International fund for Animal Welfare’s Innovation award for her not-for-profit organisation DogLost, by TV wildlife presenter Bill Oddie, at the House of Lords last week.
DogLost uses the Internet, social media, a network of volunteers and a helpline to connect dog owners with their missing pets, using a national database for lost and found dogs.
Ms Hayes founded the free service in 2003 after her dog Hermy was stolen. Since then, DogLost has helped reunite 35,000 dogs with their owners.
She said: “I was quite surprised. It was very nice to receive the honour on behalf of all our volunteers.
“It just shows if you feel strongly about something, you can get to a stage where you are doing something about it.”
Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: "Jayne's service provides a fantastic tool for reuniting owners with their missing pets. She is a very deserving winner of IFAW's Innovation Award."
The website, which was designed by Newport company Netcentrics, has more than 100,000 visitors per month and is part of the daily search for lost dogs around the UK.
Ms Hayes said: “Let’s make Newport a safer place for dogs. Join now, because one day you may need the service.”
Ms Hayes plans to launch CatLost early next year.
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