Meet the team

Step into the world of Pointers and discover a global community who join together for the love of the breed.

We’re all volunteers with jobs and dogs and we’re assisted by a very able team of dedicated helpers who give their time and expertise to save and support these deserving animals.


claireandpointersClaire Stokes, Co-founder, Treasurer and Coordinator – World-wide

Having grown up with Cocker Spaniels, I decided when I lost my boy Benji, at the ripe old age of 15 that I would have a totally different breed. Jazzie my beloved orange & white Pointer came in to my life nearly 11 years ago, followed by Jif Lemon oxo, Jackpot and Jypsy Wilde. I absolutely adore the beautiful breed of the Pointer. I have adopted Solana from Spain,  Kira from Cyprus and Jem from Spain. My latest fosters have been Jasmine from Spain, Jack from Parga in Greece, Smiler from Kos and Jana from Spain. They have all gone to super forever homes after being rehabilitated in our home, amongst our pack of Pointers. I am officially addicted!

I show, judge and now dedicate my spare time to rescuing and re homing Pointers from UK, Spain and further afield. I decided to set up Pointers In Need, a ‘not for profit organisation’ to enable our team to work closely together for the love of these dogs. Their well-being is always at the forefront of our combined efforts.


janJan Britton, Chair, Co-founder and Coordinator – Spain

My love of Pointers came from adopting a rescue a handsome orange/white called Hugo back in the early 90’s through The Pointer Rescue UK, I went on to adopt another and then became a failed foster Mum to another after one week!!!!! Moved to Spain and adopted a 9 year old, Mira, although spanish bred by the famous judge Jose Haro Haro and had the Crookswise blood line she ended up in a refuge. I then realised the plight of English Pointers in Spain and wanted to help as best as I could. I work closely with Claire Stokes liasing with spanish refuges to obtain blood analysis and as much information as we can on the temperament and arranging  transport to the UK etc. I dedicate most of my spare time to helping our beautiful breed and thoroughly enjoy it.


Andrew Everett - Pointers In NeedAndrew Everett,  Secretary and Coordinator – World-wide

I have been around dogs all my life. During a mission to find a playmate for our then Boxer, we were pointed in the direction of the Pointer. It was love at first sight.

Pointers have been a huge part of my life for the last 16 years or so and I have had both working and show line dogs.  During a visit to Crufts in 2015, I became aware of the Pointer rescue organisation and within three months of a discussion with them, we adopted Bob, an abandoned hunting dog from Spain.

Having taken on Bob and seen at first hand the rewards you can get from rehoming these poor dogs, I wanted to do more. I have therefore been an active participant in coordinating the rehoming of these dogs.

I love this breed to bits.


karen-400Karen Tregaskis – Volunteer and Fosterer

I grew up with a mixture of crossbreeds; a German Shepherd Dog and then Golden Retreivers were in my life for 30 years. Finally, nearly ten years ago and in my married home, we were able to have a dog and a Pointer puppy came into my life – we would have loved it to have happened years before! Anyway, instantly smitten by this beautiful, gentle and superbly active breed, I have ‘caught up’ having two lovely litters.

We now have four Pointers – two handsome boys – Beenleigh and Jago and two beautiful girls – Ammi and Ailla. I have had foster Pointers to stay a while too – the house likes to be full – this got me drawn into do what I could do to help with rescuing a beautiful and kind breed.



I was nearly passed over for a pointer; my parents were torn between having a puppy or making a baby… decision made, I grew up with the family boxer, then a Great Dane.  Years later when my family took on a pointer rescue, I became entranced by the breed. Cue the arrival of Gilbert and Humphrey – gentle, proud brothers and loves of my life.  We’ve recently added to the clan with Cedric, a very cheeky and loving ‘pocket-pointer’ cross from Cyprus and Ricardo, a big, lumbering, soft-hearted lad from Spain.



Kate Linay - Pointers In NeedKate Linay, Co-ordinator and Fosterer

I’ve always had dogs growing up, but never had any experience of Pointers until I met Claire and her Spanish girls. From that moment on, I knew I had to have one and a few months later Oreo joined the crazy family which consisted of two cranky chihuahuas.
Oreo is a whirlwind and keeps me on my toes, but she was the best choice I have ever made and I’m now smitten with the breed.
I also foster Pointers for Pointers In Need and have love every minute of it.


Clare Harvey
 – Volunteer and FostererClare Harvey - Pointers In Need

I’ve always had rescue dogs, but fell in love with a friend’s Pointer. So for my 40th I got a puppy called Bentley. I wanted a play mate for him, so I decided to adopt a Pointer in April 2015.  Lisa arrived from Spain and then I saw Coco on Facebook – who was a bit ugly looking, but I wanted to adopt him. So in June 2016 Coco came over from Spain and joined my family.

To be able to give these rescued Pointers a new loving home is the best feeling in the world.



Ros Fontana - Pointers In NeedRos Fontana, Volunteer and Fosterer

I’ve always been around dogs – our family dog was a Collie.
I started out with 2 Staffies. I knew someone that had a litter of Pointers and I fell in love with them straight away –  and that was the start my Pointer family.
I go my first pointer ‘Sas’ 12 years ago. Since then I have left on adding Pointers to my family – I now have 5 pointers  – one of which I rescued from Cyprus last year! I also have a lovely Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Pointers are a truly wonderful breed!


If you’d like to adopt a Pointer or join our fostering team, Bob and the team will do a happy dance! But there are many other ways you can help these noble dogs. Please make a donation or buy something fabulous from our online shop.  You can also register with easyfundraising – this brilliant idea raises money for Pointers in Need while you shop online and you don’t a penny extra.

Thank you.