Devon Air Ambulance

Farm rescue raises funds for Devon Air Ambulance

Authored by Mary

Alex Tapp of Awliscombe, near Honiton, needed the Devon Air Ambulance nearly 20 years ago. He now runs a farm machinery sales business and decided to mark the 20-year anniversary with a generous donation. Alex tells the story… “I work in the agricultural industry and 20 years ago this December I had an accident whilst working on a dairy farm near Cullompton. I was 16 years old at the time...

Plymouth pet rescue adopters’ club needs more people in its ‘pack’

Authored by Mary

An adopters’ club set up by a Plymouth animal charity to support its ongoing work with unwanted pets is looking for new members to join its ‘pack.’

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust’s Adopters’ Club was started two years ago to enable people who have rehomed a pet from Woodside to help other animals in its care.

For every animal adopted from Woodside at Elfordleigh, new owners...

Zoo keepers save animals after storm damage

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Keepers at Paignton Zoo saved scores of animals after recent storms damaged a key building.

High winds ripped open a 36-metre-long air vent in the roof of Reptile Tropics at around 7.30 one morning, exposing vulnerable animals, plants and electrics. Staff rushed to save lizards, snakes, turtles, iguanas, chameleons and geckos as the temperature in the building dropped. Meanwhile,...

Look back on 2019: Animals do the funniest things...

Authored by Mary

RSPCA officers never quite know what they’re walking into from one job to the next.

The charity - which rescues more than 110,000 animals every year - is often called out to shocking, and upsetting incidents of animal cruelty and neglect. But the RSPCA ’s rescuers are also on the frontline when it comes to helping animals who find themselves in a spot of bother - and these can often...

Halloween superstition haunts shunned black cat at Plymouth rescue shelter

Authored by Mary

A Plymouth animal charity is hoping to break the spell that will leave a frightening number of black cats without a loving home this Halloween.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust is conjuring up ways to end the bad luck of black cats whose place in folklore puts them paw in hand with Halloween.

Currently around 60 per cent of the 75-plus cats being looked after by the charity at...

Oxygen masks for pets are Pawsome!

Authored by Mary

Pets across Devon and Somerset now have a greater chance of surviving household fires, thanks to new oxygen masks specially designed for animals that are being carried on selected fire engines. The ‘Smokey Paws’ masks are available in three sizes, so a large dog, cat, guinea pig, even a tortoise can be treated.

Two sets of these masks have kindly been donated by Quantock Veterinary...

Dog rescued after 150ft cliff fall

Authored by Mary

A dog has been rescued after falling 150ft down a cliff in Devon.

The RSPCA were called on Thursday (June 23) by some local ‘coasteerers’ who had seen the dog in a cove at the bottom of cliffs in Noss Mayo.The charity liaised with the Coastguard to ensure nine-year-old Jack was rescued as quickly and safely as possible.

The dog's owners, who are from Ludlow in Shropshire, are...

Animal lover to travel hundreds of miles to Give a Dog a Day Out

Authored by Sarah Parker

ANIMAL LOVERS will be making round trips of up to 600 miles and paying for doggy day care for their own pets to help a dog rescue and re-homing charity get every dog out of their Shropshire kennels – even if it is just for one day.

Finding Furever Homes, who sponsor the kennels near Condover, Shropshire, are holding their first ever ‘Give A Dog A Day Out’ (GADADO) event this on Sunday...

Man drowns trying to rescue dog from sea

Authored by News Desk

A man has died after trying to rescue his dog from the sea on New Year's Day.

The emergency sevices were alerted to people in difficulty in the water off Portmellon near Mevagissey at around 11am.

Two people were subsequently recovered from the sea.

One was recovered by a member of the public and brought to shore, the second person was recovered from the sea by the...

Living Coasts wades in to help lost bird

Authored by Paigntonzoo

An injured wading bird has been rescued and given safe haven at Living Coasts in Devon.

Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium can provide the ideal estuary habitat for the whimbrel, now thought to be the only one in a public zoological collection in the UK.

The adult female bird was found on a roadside in Cornwall by a passing member of the public. She was taken to Rosevean...


Welcome to Devon 247, the county’s newest news, features, blog and sport platform.

This site has merged with The Plymouth Daily to offer even more of the content readers have told us they enjoy so much.

And, as with Plymouth, you can post your own content for free on D247 by clicking here.

Our focus is on positive, community news which, sadly, seems to be in short supply these days.

Thank you for visiting!

The Plymouth Daily - logo