About Pointers In Need – rescuing English Pointers

Claire and Jan Britton decided to pool their knowledge and experience in rescuing and rehoming English Pointers, both in the UK and abroad where hunting dogs are abandoned in their thousands in many countries.

The result is Pointers In Need, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation supported by a carefully chosen team of volunteers.  At Pointers In Need we combine our skills and local know-how to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving new homes for Pointers. Primarily our work focuses on rescuing and rehoming Pointers from the UK, but we also support the rescue and rehoming of Pointers from overseas.

We work collaboratively alongside our many voluntary friends and Pointer rescue partners in the field, combining our efforts to save Pointers in life-threatening situations.

We are regularly contacted by individuals in the UK who, for a variety of reasons, need our services to find a new home for their Pointer. Our approach is simple: if we can help, we will.


Help us save Pointers like Tucan who desperately needs a loving home to spend the rest of his life

Please see our Happy Pointer Stories page for success stories of dogs we have helped both in the UK and overseas.

As hard as we try, we know that we cannot save them all. At certain times of year, when hunting seasons are over, we are flooded with requests to provide shelter for these dogs before they simply die from neglect, malnutrition, euthanasia (if they are placed in killing shelters) or at the hands of those who are supposed to love and cherish them.

It is a huge, and desperate problem. At Pointers In Need, we believe that there is room for many more individuals and groups to get involved, work alongside us, and help save these dogs.

We have taken what some people regard as an unusual step, to use our following and presence on social media as a platform to give other voluntary organisations working at the sharp end of animal rescue a louder voice.  Many of these groups do fantastic work and we are proud to be associated with them.

Our approach is simple:
if we can help a Pointer we will… please join us

We use all means available to us to generate interest in the Pointers. We raise funds, provide assessment, use highly experienced fosterers and try to find the very best matches for our dogs with adopters looking for a Pointer to share their lives.   We strive to be open and transparent in our operations, fair and flexible, while at all times maintaining our focus on the Pointers’ welfare.

We believe that the adopters who take on these special dogs deserve a first class service from Pointers in Need.  The details are important to us and that includes responding promptly to enquiries. It doesn’t matter to our team that we’re all volunteers – we are very happy to juggle jobs, dogs and families in order to help individuals and families find their perfect Pointer.

We think our approach is different and we hope it shows.  From the moment we receive an enquiry, we aim to be the ‘go to’ service for  help and support.  It’s lovely when, months later, we meet up with adopters for a walk, or have a chinwag about recall, or swap notes about the idiosyncrasies of ‘Pointer Life’ such ‘how to remove the smell of badger poo’ (ketchup works a treat!).

Many of our adopters become our firm friends and go on to support the work of Pointers in Need.  There are many ways to get involved – please see our Help us pages for details.  We are proud to be part of a strong, caring community of people with a shared passion and goal; to help improve the welfare of, and protect, the Pointer – our majestic, noble breed.

We hope you will join us.


The Pointers in Need team x heart-ballon

Donations are essential to support the work we do in rescuing and rehoming Pointers in the UK and abroad. Please help us by making a donation now. Are you thinking about adopting a Pointer? Take a look at our dogs available for adoption  and see the way they’ve transformed the lives of our adopters in our Happy Pointer stories. Why not sign up to receive Bob’s monthly e-newsletter ?  If you’d like to talk about any aspect of our work, please get in touch.

Thank you for visiting Pointers in Need. x