Dawn and Russell Hawkins have always been animal lovers and are very passionate about and in touch with animal welfare issues.
Eleven years ago, they offered a home to an eleven month old rescue greyhound called Alfie, who came with his own set of problems which inspired both Dawn and Russell to investigate ex-racing greyhounds more thoroughly.
Saddened by the harrowing and endless stories from rescue centres, sanctuaries and welfare groups both in the UK and Worldwide, they decided they wanted to do more and promptly offered a home to two other rescue greyhounds, Jimmy and Bayley, who are sadly no longer with them.
Entrepreneurial and vastly experienced in Technical, Interior and Product design and manufacturing industries, Dawn and Russell created Scissal’s designer dining tables with the well being of cats and dogs in mind. Through their company, Scissal, they continually promote and inform consumers on animal welfare issues, fundraise, support and raise awareness of animals in need including greyhounds. In addition, they make a point of donating a percentage of their company profits to various rescue centres and animal protection charities.
Over the years, Dawn and Russell have met and stayed in contact with some truly remarkable, influential people whose dedication and commitment to helping animals is second to none. The couple believes that animals should share the same basic rights as humans and not be exploited for our amusement or entertainment and that all animals should be treated with dignity and compassion.