An animal lover who has raised £55,000 for dog rescue shelters and charities has had her work recognised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who gave her a Points of Light award.

Lisette van Riel is the founder of DoggyWarriors and has helped 80 small rescues that rely solely on donations from the public since setting up her appeal after losing her job at the start of the first lockdown.

Her not-for-profit caught the eye of the Prime Minister, who owns rescue dog Dilyn, who gave her the prestigious Points of Light award.

Lisette said, “I was absolutely shocked when I received the letter in the post. To receive this acknowledgement from the Prime Minister is just wonderful. This award is as much mine as it is my supporters’. Without them I would not have been able to raise such a huge amount.

“The current financial climate makes it even harder for charities to survive. I hope this award will help raise our awareness, so we continue to help the hundreds of rescue centres across the UK.”

In a personal letter to Lisette, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “Those of us who have dogs know how special a part of the family they are and how much joy and companionship they bring to millions of homes across the country, which is why I was inspired to learn of ‘DoggyWarriors’.”

Lisette is the 1898th Points of Light winner for her achievements with DoggyWarriors, an organisation she set up after adopting a three-legged dog named Beautie as she wanted to find a way of helping more rescue dogs.

The Prime Minister continues, “Your story of adopting Beautie and raising over £50,000 for 80 rescue centres in the UK is so uplifting. With your initiative, I am hopefully that more dogs will find loving homes which they can call their own.”

The award acknowledges outstanding people from all walks of life who are making a change in their community, whose actions have changed lives and their stories inspire more people to get involved or start their own initiatives.

To learn more about DoggyWarriors, visit


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