Our Shelter Staff

Working on site at Little Valley Animal Shelter are around 20 dedicated staff who each play a vital part in ensuring the animals we look after receive the best possible care. 

Our animal care team are a group of passionate animal lovers who assess and care for every animal in our shelter from the minute they arrive until the happy day we are able to find their forever home. These staff are split roughly into three teams, one for our dogs, another for our cats and a third for the small and exotic animals. This allows them to truly grow to understand the needs of each individual animal, meaning we can find them the perfect home.

To help them, we employ a qualified animal behaviour who dedicates his time to animals who need a little more attention from us if they are ever to be rehomed, as well as a small group of administration and maintenance staff.

We’re immensely proud of the hard work the Little Valley staff put in day in, day out, making sure we’re here for Devon’s unwanted and neglected animals when they need us most.

Management Staff

Hugh Lowson - CEO

After working for 30 years in senior management for various healthcare charities, Hugh has recently returned to the West Country in search of a quieter life. He loves dogs and currently owns a Wheaten Terrier and a mixed breed mutt.

Hugh is using his experience to create a forward thinking strategy for Little Valley.

Jo Evans - Shelter Manager

Jo (pictured with previous residents – Millie & Fedelia) is the Shelter Manager here at Little Valley. She has worked at our lovely Shelter for too many years to mention (!) and accepted her current role in 2014. She says; “Every day is different. You never know what animal may need  to be cared for by the great team here. Between 2018 and 2020 I had the pleasure in overseeing our dog kennel rebuild which was my biggest challenge to date. Who knows what tomorrow may bring…”

Anna James - Deputy Shelter Manager

Leaving a career in IT, Anna started her time with Little Valley looking after the small animals as an Animal Care Assistant. She is knowledgable about ferrets and all manner of small furries and oversees many aspects of the day to day running of the Shelter

John Coles - Retail Operations Manager

Coming from a background working for both independent and multi-national retail groups, John joined the Little Valley team in August 2021. He’s passionate about animal welfare, having rehomed numerous rescue animals throughout his life – most recently his current pooch, Pepsi.

John’s people skills and wealth of retail knowledge look set to improve our charity shops no end, meaning we can offer a greater variety of stock and an even better customer experience.  

Miranda Wood - Finance Manager

Miranda has been helping out at Little Valley on and off for nearly 20 years. Over the years she’s been employed by the Branch, been a Trustee and spent a short spell as Branch Treasurer. She helped computerise the payroll and accounts “back in the day” and has since seen the shelter grow from strength to strength. In her current role, Miranda oversees everything ‘finance’ at Little Valley ensuring we are making the most of every penny  we receive.  

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