Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Unsung heroes for K9 Focus

17:43 02 March 2014

Bella with K9 Focus fosterer Jo Bowden.

Bella with K9 Focus fosterer Jo Bowden.


It is the final week of the North Devon K9 Heroes Awards, plus the opportunity to hear more about the hardworking volunteers at the charity behind it all.


THERE has been a fantastic response to the North Devon K9 Heroes Awards created by dog rescue charity K9 Focus.

We have heard some great stories about your four-legged friends and how much they mean to you – and don’t forget, if you wish to nominate a superstar pooch, there is still time before the closing date on Wednesday, March 5.

This week we’d like to share with you some of the unsung canine and human heroes of the Torrington based charity, set up by Lynne Hall.

The charity relies solely on public donations to keep going and the tireless work of its volunteers and fosterers to ensure dogs that would otherwise be put down through no fault of their own have a second chance at a happy life.

A prime example is Bella, who through the efforts of fosterer Jo Bowden has overcome illness and is ready to make someone a delightful companion.

The three-year-old came to the charity in February last year, badly overweight at almost 58 kilos and struggling with health problems including difficulty walking and a painful eye condition where her eyelids constantly roiled inwards.

The K9 Focus team leapt into action and began fundraising to raise the money for her eye operation, and with the help of everyone who gave so generously, the target was reached.

But Bella’s mobility was not improving and in fact it was clear she was in a lot of pain. A ruptured ligament was the problem but before that could be operated on she had to lose eight kilos, but finally the operation went ahead.

Her recovery was long and slow, confined to a crate for six weeks, with regular physio and restricted walks, followed by two more operations to fix her eyes.

“She has recovered well and has been such a sweetheart despite all that she has had to go through,” said Lynne.

“Jo has cared for her throughout all this and that has been a full time job, but Bella is now making an excellent recovery and will be ready to be adopted full time soon.

“Foster carers like Jo are essential to K9 Focus. Without Jo, Bella’s problems would have been too great to manage and she would not be here today.”

Anyone who would like to become a foster carer, spend a few hours volunteering for the charity, or make a donation, is welcome to call Lynne on 07971 461806. Find out more about K9 Focus and the many dogs needing new homes by visiting

It is free to nominate a dog for the North Devon K9 Heroes Awards and there are some great prizes to be won, including two nights accommodation in a dog friendly hotel, plus gift hampers and toys.

The categories are: Pawsome Company - for dogs providing companionship; Working Hero - For all working dogs; Rescue to Hero – For any rescued or rehomed dog; Just Because.

Email a picture and your nomination to or post to: K9 Heroes, C/O North Devon Gazette, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8PB. Please include your name, address and a contact telephone number.


Other News Stories

Yesterday, 14:00
Is the row over dogs back at Instow beach?

Parish Council meeting on Thursday, October 15 to review the situation

Read more
Yesterday, 13:40
Residents protest against the plans at the site in March. Picture: Jim Bell

Benefits outweigh the harm, says Government inspector

Read more
Yesterday, 11:37
Get your chickens an Eglu and help raise money for the British Hen Welfare Trust today (Friday).

Support for British Hen Welfare Trust from the Omlet Eglu

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33
Police are trying to track the car in this picture

The owner of a blue Nissan Almeira could have vital information on collision that killed Natalie Jones, say police

Read more
Yesterday, 09:23
John Balls with Clovelly caught lobsters.

Lobster fisherman has reached a landmark in his bid to help conservation at Clovelly

Read more
Yesterday, 09:16

September saw a 4.9 per cent increase in crime in Barnstaple on the same period last year.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:14
Portmore's Colin and Mandy Webber presented the cheque to representatives of the club's chosen charities

Five local charities are to benefit from another year of fundraising at Portmore Golf Club.

Read more
Thu, 17:17

Fire called out to help in the early hours of Thursday morning

Read more
Thu, 13:20
A busy Woolacombe Bay. North Devon has seen a welcome late summer boost in tourism this year

Tourism sectors across the region are reaping the benefits as a result of the late summer sunshine.

Read more
Thu, 12:06
Giant veg grower David Maund picked up a number of placings at the Malvern Autumn Show

A giant-vegetable grower from Bideford has returned from a national competition with a prize haul almost as big as some of his extraordinary exhibits.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications