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.
Claire Stokes, Co-founder, Chairperson 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. 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.
Jan Britton, Co-founder
Jan’s 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. She went on to adopt another and then became a failed foster Mum to another after one week!
Jan was co-founder of Pointers In Need along with the current chair, Claire Stokes.
Andrew 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.
Beth Gloster – Treasurer
Having grown up with dogs, it seemed natural to have a dog in my home. Although I don’t have Pointers I have a mental nine year old Labrador. We love our long beach walks and hikes in the mountains.
The Pointers we do come across are some of the most amazing and wonderful dogs. My next house will be big enough for a Pointer or three.
Karen 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.
Clare Harvey – Volunteer and Fosterer
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, Volunteer and Fosterer
I grew up in a household of rescued dogs of various shapes and sizes as my Dad was a softie and couldn’t bear to hear “it’s going to be put down if you don’t take it.“ Mum was remarkably tolerant !
I had always admired Pointers and got my first Pointer in the 1970’s from the Hookwood kennels. I lived in central London at the time so our early morning walks were in the grounds of Royal Hospital, Chelsea or across Hyde Park. I have had Pointers ever since. I now do whatever I can for Pointers in need of our help.
I live in the Lake District with my family, including our two gorgeous Pointers Floki and Dylan. Both of which we have rescued through Pointers in Need.
We previously had two Pointers Rio and Keita who we sadly lost within 6 months of each other in 2017.
Floki came to us from Spain and Dylan travelled from Cyprus. Both now I am pleased to say loving life with us and each other. They are the best of friends. We get out walking on the Fells and Mountains whenever we can. We also do a bit of running together, Dylan more prancing and Floki just wants to go fast.
I am excited to join the team and help in getting more of these beautiful animals in to the homes they deserve.
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.