Rest in peace our beautiful Jan

Yesterday, we heard the heartbreaking news that our North West co-ordinator, Jan Lancashire passed awayย  after being diagnosed with cancer in October.

Jan did not want people to know and tried her best to carry on as usual, helping with the dogs (that was her passion in life) and what she will be remembered by, forever in our hearts. A truly selfless individual, and one of a kind, always putting others before herself and dogs above all.

Thousands of dogs have been reunited because of Jan and her team in the North West, and even more dogs have been reunited because of her mentoring our Welsh team who are an absolute credit to her.

I will sorely miss our chats as Jan could always make me laugh, and she never had a bad word to say about anyone.

Heaven surely has gained another Angel.



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    LisaP 1 year ago

    A wonderful lady, such a passion for helping dogs & an absolute angel of a friend, miss you lovely lady, until we meet again xxx

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      Nevbo 1 year ago

      Jan was one of the most helpful ppl I ever had the pleasure of working with. Truly a wonderful person. Who gave all for others and animals. There’ll be tremendous sadness over rainbow Bridge for her. So sad.

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    Poochpal 1 year ago

    So many happy memories of our chats pre Facebook days, Jan will be missed by so many.

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    Wayne May 1 year ago

    My sincere condolences to jans family and friends.
    Jan was a true lady, a person we all aspire to be, I will miss you immensely, I was privileged and honoured to call you my friend.
    Our loss is heavens gain,
    R.I.P Jan our my love Wayne xx

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    Alison 1 year ago

    I never met Jan but we had many conversations over the phone and as everyone else has said she always made me laugh. Such a kind, caring lady who will be missed by all.
    R.I.P Jan

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    Shelly spiller 1 year ago

    Rest in peace joy thank you for doing such a amazing job helping dogs getting reunited with their owners

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    Nicola Round 1 year ago

    A truly remarkable lady who will be sadly missed. Her help, advice and support was second to none. Fly high Jan ๐Ÿ’” XX

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    Will Bennett 1 year ago

    Rest in peace Jan, we never met or worked together however I believe you were a great member of the DogLost team and will be forever missed

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    KAREN HARDING 1 year ago

    Jan was the kindest lady, always so understanding and thoughtful, very special . . . Will miss our chats – she really was one in a million! RIP lovely lady, you will be missed so much xxxxx

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    Jill Trick 1 year ago

    ๐Ÿ’•Jan was always there for me when needed advice on anything dog related or even personal advice I knew her advice would always be spot on .. we too often shared fun banter which would always have us laughing as usual . Have missed chatting to her the last few weeks as I knew how unwell she was but going to miss those chats with her forever ๐Ÿ˜ช.. Rest in Peace lovely Jan . I bet your .surrounded by so many 4 legged Angel’s up there just like you are now an Angel watching over them . God bless you now โค๐Ÿพx

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    Gill Lennox 1 year ago

    Rest in peace Jan โค๏ธ Take care of all our pets up there, keep them safe till we are reunited again. You will be a great miss to the earth doggies xx condolences to her family

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    Maxine 1 year ago

    I had never met Jan, but we spoke on the phone several times. She was a warm & kindhearted lady & I will miss her lovely ‘northern’ voice (we were from same area).
    She did so much for the doggies. Heavens gain is our loss. Fly high Jan xx

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      Laura 1 year ago

      I will miss you Jan ..I canโ€™t believe I canโ€™t call you and chat to you ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

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    Vicki Hudson 1 year ago

    I didnโ€™t have the privilege to have met Jan but sheโ€™s helped me with advice and support via many messages. She was dedicated to reuniting dogs and this made her an amazing person. I am deeply sorry for her family, friends and her doglost teams. She was a credit to doglost. RIP Jan. Sleep well ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒน

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      Paula Blackburn 1 year ago

      RIP Lovely Lady ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒน

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    Phebe Cooper 1 year ago

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Jan face to face but found her such a friendly, helpful lady on phone and online. She will be very much missed xx

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      Linda 1 year ago

      I never got the opportunity to meet Jan in person but we spoke many times and I’m certainly going to miss her presence. She was one of the best taken to soon. Give my girls a kiss from me please Jan. I know they will love you. Xxx๐Ÿฅฐ

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    Julie Thompson 1 year ago

    Thank you Jayne for your lovely tribute to my Mum, it means a lot. Dogs Lost was her passion in life and brought her much happiness. Thank you for all your lovely messages, it is so heartwarming to hear how loved she is. Thanks for your support, much love from her loving daughter Julie and all the Family xx

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      Laura 1 year ago

      Your mum was a beautiful soul and I hope all these messages bring you and your family some comfort โค๏ธ

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    Gwen 1 year ago

    So sad, rest in peace Jan – you will be sorely missed xxx

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    Jan Gibbons 1 year ago

    Rest in peace lovely lady. Fly high with the angels ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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    ChrisM(Fiona) 1 year ago

    Dear Jan Lancashire
    My Mentor, My Friend.
    This has left a huge hole in so many people.
    You was always there, our 9am phone catch up. Cig and coffee on the phone. You was always there when I needed to run things by You.
    Our Group chat is Empty. Your not there.
    Remember the time you turned up at an Event I was running? Walking in laughing. Nearly gave me a Heartache.
    You Helped put me right on family issues.
    Doglost issues. My early days ringing me and starting with RIGHTTTTTTT!!!!! And I’d be like shit what I done now and you would laugh lol.
    Hey I’m Still gonna Tag you coz never know might have WiFi up there?
    Miss you already lovely Lady

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      Julie Thompson 1 year ago

      Aww this is a lovely message about Mum, thank you xx

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    Jan's daughter 1 year ago


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    christine turner 1 year ago

    so sorry to see this sad news, rest in peace Jan xx we will not forget all the dogs you have helped and being there for so many x

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    Mick Robinson 1 year ago

    The dog world has lost a true angel, rest in peace Jan from myself and everyone at Get Sky Home ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿพ

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    Caroline 1 year ago

    I never had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful lady but she did so much for me and I will never be able to put into words how grateful I am. She never gave up on my baby, Sham, she never let her be forgotten, she picked me up in the hardest times and kept me going when I felt all hope was lost. Earth has lost an angel and heaven has gained her. My thoughts are with her, her family and friends. May god wrap his arms around you and her memory lift you. Sham and I will be forever grateful and although Sham never made it home, I know that Jan carried her in her heart as I will carry Jan in mine Xx

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    Mena viana 1 year ago

    i cannot put to my head we lost dear Jan . Will be terribly missed.

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    Diayane 1 year ago

    For Jan ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒˆ

    “The Rescuer’s Final Reward”
    Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray.
    All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.
    Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging.
    He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.

    But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who
    apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge.

    There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and
    discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.yet not knowing for what he was waiting.

    One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there
    longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, “Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth or where let down They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge.”

    The dog asked the cat, “So what will happen to those animals?” Before
    the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to
    bright sunshine. The cat replied, “Watch, and you will see.”

    In the distance was a single person, and as he approached the Bridge the
    old, infirm and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light.
    They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate
    would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed
    their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person
    offered a scratch or hug. One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals
    from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked
    across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love.

    The dog asked the cat, “What just happened?”

    The cat responded, “That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the
    pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes
    because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the
    Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a
    tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are
    allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn’t place
    on earth across the Rainbow Bridge.”

    The dog thought for a moment, then said, “I like rescuers.” The cat
    smiled and replied, “So does heaven, my friend. So does heaven

    The author grants permission for re-publication without restriction Benny Archuleta

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    Jenny Wright , Doglost co- ord for West Hampshire 1 year ago

    While never meeting the Lovely Jan, she helped with many a dog this way by messaging , she was one in a million .Bet shes up there seeing if she recognizes a dog or two that slipped through her net …….. Now in the Arms of the Angels ……Sincere condolences to the Family ….remember she is just a breath away listen and you will hear her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน xx

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    Angela Fletcher 1 year ago

    Heaven has truly gained another angel…. I met Jan through fb messenger in 11 Dec 2016 when she messaged me to thank me for setting a group up for Beautiful Belle. We have had some laughs and cries too and she has always been there for us if ever a doglost problem here in Yorkshire…… although she was over t’ border in the North West, I’m from Burnley and my heart is in the Red Rose County anyway. She will have a special place in so many hearts I’m sure and all them fur babies are celebrating her arrival… forever free… forever JAN xxx

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    julie dibbens 1 year ago

    RIP beautiful lady fly high with the doggies in dog heaven they will take care of you now like you took care of them thank you xx

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    Annie Bode 1 year ago

    R.I.P Jan

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    Carolyn Newton-Brown 1 year ago

    Heartbreaking news. Jan was an amazing lady who worked constantly with ensuring pets were reunited. Even through her last months. Truly an inspirational lady who will be greatly missed. Cx๐Ÿ’”โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’”โค๏ธ

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      Julie Thompson 1 year ago

      Aww this is a lovely message about Mum, thank you xx

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    Jan Major (DogLost NW) 1 year ago

    The angels looked down from heaven one night.
    They searched for miles afar,
    And deep within the distance
    They could see a shining star………

    Jan was there for so many and her dedication was amazing right up until she went to sleep on that final day. Will be missed by so many. Fb lit up last night when the sad news was made public and such a shock for all who knew her.

    Deepest thoughts are with her family, she was a dedicated family person.

    Sleep tight Jan sure you will be joining the Heavenly Team and will be watching over so many. Say hello to Jackie Fogg and Helen Moss both from Liverpool and like you helped so many in the Animal World and were taken very suddenly within the past year.

    Lots of Love


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    ChrisM(Fiona) 1 year ago

    Dear Jan Lancashire
    My Mentor, My Friend.
    This has left a huge hole in so many people.
    You was always there, our 9am phone catch up. Cig and coffee on the phone. You was always there when I needed to run things by You.
    Our Group chat is Empty. Your not there.
    Remember the time you turned up at an Event I was running? Walking in laughing. Nearly gave me a Heartache.
    You Helped put me right on family issues.
    Doglost issues. My early days ringing me and starting with RIGHTTTTTTT!!!!! And I’d be like what I done now and you would laugh lol.
    Hey I’m Still gonna Tag you coz never know might have WiFi up there?
    Miss you already lovely Lady

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    Claire Gresty 1 year ago

    To my lovely friend (and adoptive mum) Jan Lancashire / Janet Winskill ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’•

    Myself and Jan first became facebook friends back in 2013… we became friends over our shared love and passion for dogs.

    Back in February 2014, two little dogs went missing…. Chester and Dexter. Jan was a local helper at the time, and these two beautiful little dogs were missing right near where Jan lived in Lytham St Annes.

    Their owners Craig and Maria can vouch how much help Jan was at the time – thankfully, both Chester and Dexter were reunited with their family not long after they went missing.

    It was at this same time that very suddenly, my brother passed away. Jan took over with Chester and Dexter, giving advise where needed ….. and was a massive support to Craig and Maria, and also me.

    It then dawned on me……. I thought Jan would be great as a DogLost Coordinator!! I put it to her…. she was a little unsure – didnt think she would be good enough. I was like WHAT?! Took a little while to convince her, but then look…. she turned out to be one of the best!! ๐Ÿ’• An absolute angel, you can see from the comments on my previous post what other people thought of her, everybody loved Jan, what was not to love? She has helped so many owners, so many families in distress. She was even doing this up until a couple of weeks ago, despite what she was going through herself and how poorly she was, she ALWAYS had time for everyone, always had time to help. You never heard her moan, she just got on with whatever was thrown at her…. with a big smile on her face.

    The amount of phone calls we have had, we’ve laughed over lost dogs, we’ve cried over lost dogs, she’s been there for me when I’ve been upset, just generally having a bad day and needed a moan, she’s given me advice when needed on personal matters, listened to me moan if I’ve had an argument with my boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜‚ she’s just been there – sometimes you need someone to just listen and Jan did that… and she never, ever judged.

    We’ve had some real belly laughing calls too, some where I’ve not been able to talk…. Jan loved to talk (I’m sure her family will agree ๐Ÿ˜‚) and she definitely loved to laugh – her laugh could make you laugh without even knowing what she was laughing at!!

    I will definitely miss our phone calls….. if I needed to talk to someone, for help or just to share good news with… she would always be the first person I would want to phone and talk to….. and now I can’t ๐Ÿ’”

    When I first became friends with Jan, she loved her holidays. She had had dogs over the years but didn’t have one at the time – then the local airport near her closed and it meant travelling to Manchester which she was not really able to do, and I remember her starting to have a sneaky little look at dogs. I invited her to the Silver Fox Dog Rescue page and it was this page she fell in love with a little girl called Cleo. She was only fostering her mind….. yes ok Jan – we believe you…. NOT. Once Cleo arrived to the UK, I collected her from Marjorie Rigby and took her to her “foster” home. I dont think I had even got out of the car with Cleo, and I could tell by the look on Jan’s face that she was already a failed fosterer. She adored Cleo, as did Cleo adore her.

    Not everyone knew Jan had two profiles – her DogLost profile – Jan Lancashire and her own personal – Janet Winskill. If she was asked is she the same person, she wouldn’t admit it – only a few of us knew. She would be in group chats and reply from both profiles, which since she passed, has made a lot of people laugh as she had them completely fooled. She phoned me last Wednesday and said “well, people will find out I’m the same person now” she was still laughing about it ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I think I speak on behalf of everyone, your loving family, your friends, everyone at DogLost, all the lost and found organisations who you have worked with over the years, all the families you have helped with missing pets, and generally just anyone and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting you….. you were so loved and will be missed so much more ๐Ÿ’• thank you Jan ๐Ÿ’•

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    S Williams 1 year ago

    So sorry to see this.

    Without doubt the kindest person I have ever bumped into on a lost animal site. She was lovely!!

    She helped so many and always gave support to owners when needed in a way I have never met before.

    Bless her I shall miss her so much.

    Thinking of her lovely family and just so sad for you xxxx

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    Chris Towers 1 year ago

    I am so sorry to see this news. Rest In Peace Jan. A lovely lady who will be missed by all who knew her. Another Dog Angel gone too soon.xx โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ

    Thoughts are with Jan’s family.

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    Julie Thompson 1 year ago

    Hi All, thanks again to you all for such lovely messages for my gorgeous Mum. It really is such a comfort seeing how very loved she is. Mums funeral info is as follows should anyone wish to join us, to celebrate her life.
    Mums wishes are that the dress code for the funeral is colourful, like her personality โ™ฅ๏ธ. This is optional but was her preference.

    The cremation will be on Wednesday 22nd January at 3:30pm at Lytham crematorium (Regent Ave, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4AB).

    Following the funeral, we will then be going to The Blossoms (Woodlands Rd, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4EP) which is closeby to celebrate her life and swap fond memories of her โ™ฅ๏ธ

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    Julie Edmondson 1 year ago

    We never met but our paths crossed many times. Thank you for doing what you did for the lost and stolen dogs of the North West, the world will be a darker place without you. Rest in Peace lovely lady xxx

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