Animals in Distress was born out of the local community’s desire to help pets who had lost their homes.

In 1981 Mrs Georgina Lang, Mrs Eileen Hunt and Mrs Muriel Sellick saw there was an urgent need to help dogs in the local area who could no longer be cared for by their owners.

They desperately wanted to help these pets, but without a premises or the space to look after the dogs themselves, the ladies had to pay for kenneling while they looked for new, loving homes for the dogs.

Kenneling each dog cost £3.10 a day, so fundraising soon became a priority. The ladies started selling bric-a-brac and other donated items out of Mrs Sellick’s garage.

With more and more dogs needing help, the ladies asked their friends and other animal-loving members of the community to get involved.

It wasn’t long before there was a band of cheerful and dedicated volunteers organising events, doing car boot sales and coordinating street collections. All to support more and more pets who needed help.

By 1985, the newly formed Animals in Distress charity had started taking in cats as well as dogs and was helping to find new homes for over 350 pets a year.

In 1989 Animals in Distress was officially registered with the Charity Commission and by 1993, the Board of Trustees decided that to continue increasing the number of animals we were helping, we were going to need our own premises.

Thanks to two incredibly generous legacies, the dream of having our own rescue centre became a reality. In 1993, Animals in Distress purchased a rundown greyhound kennels and by early 1994 we had moved to the Biltor site in Ipplepen where we still are today.

From humble beginnings, the charity has grown from providing temporary emergency care for dogs to taking in and re-homing over 600 cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs in South Devon every year.

Since the beginning we have been, and continue to be, passionate about the welfare of the animals in our charge and we are dedicated to treating them with dignity and kindness.

They are with us through no fault of their own and we are committed to keeping them healthy and secure until we find their new, forever homes.

Created by three local ladies who had a passion to help animals in need, we have been lucky enough to have the support of the local community ever since. It’s only thanks to this support that we are able to help find perfect, forever homes for so many cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs every year.

CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga (on the right) and her twin sister Maren. Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23. After finding a lump at 22, living abroad in China for 8 months and eventually visiting her doctor 3 times, Kris was told the news that she had incurable breast cancer. Kris was unaware that breast cancer could affect people in their twenties and knew very little about the disease. It struck her that there was very little information out there for young people, educating them about the disease, how they could be looking after themselves and informing them that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women over 50.

Although Kris will always live with cancer, she wanted to get the message out there to young people that catching cancer early means you have a higher chance of surviving and recovering. She wanted people to learn from her story and become pro-active about their own health. The idea for CoppaFeel! was born.

All About Us

We are the first breast cancer charity in the UK to solely create awareness amongst young people, with the aim of instilling the knowledge and tools they need to get to know their bodies. We like to talk about a serious message in a light-hearted way, empowering people to start healthy habits for life.

Our Vision

We want everyone to have the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer. Ideally we want to live in a world where all breast cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage possible, at which treatments are more effective and survival rates are higher.

Although our main focus is on breast cancer education, we also instigated the #RETHINKCANCER Campaign, as we strongly believe young people should be taught about all cancers and how to lead healthy lives from a young age.

Our Mission

To ensure all breast cancers are diagnosed early and correctly by…

  • Encouraging you to check your boobs and pecs regularly from a young age.

  • Educating you on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

  • Empowering you to seek advice from a doctor if symptoms persist.

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