Show your support for animals and join in with Wetnose Day 2017 in North Devon for the first time

You've heard of Red Nose Day but now Wetnose Day is coming to North Devon.

Wetnose Day 4 Animals 2017 runs from September 29 until October 1 and people and businesses across the region are being urged to 'pose with their nose'.

The aim is to raise money for animal rescue centres around the UK that look after injured or abandoned animals.

Maureen Hobbs from Barnstaple heard about Wetnose Day when she ordered from sponsor Animed Direct and immediately decided this was something for North Devon. The main event sponsor is Frontline Plus.

Maureen has enlisted the help of her local Argyll Veterinary Centre at Roundswell and its surgeries in Braunton and Ilfracombe will also be supporting the appeal.

Maureen said: "I wondered if anybody does it down here and thought we could make it something worthwhile.

"Animals can't do anything for themselves, whereas humans can shout, animals can't."

Argyll practice manager Julie Hollies said they hoped to have noses at the surgeries but people could also donate to the appeal there.

She said: "I thought it was a really good idea and we just want to raise awareness of it."

Wetnose Animal Aid was founded in 2000 by Andrea and Gavin Gamby-Boulger and since then has grown, with celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, Chris Packham, Ricky Gervaius and Paul O' Grady now giving their support.

If you, your school or business wants to take part in Wetnose Day and organise an event, visit and email the Gazette on to tell us what you're up to.