Petplan Charitable Trust has awarded several grants to Blue Cross in recent years. One was to help purchase and refit a brand new van for the charity’s Newport Rehoming and Advice Unit.
The van is used for safely transferring dogs from the Newport rehoming unit to overnight kennels.
“Last year, the Newport unit saw over 100 dogs rehomed – using a small, old, borrowed van to transfer just a couple of the dogs each time,” explains Victoria Kingsman at Blue Cross. “It is expected that this new, larger, modified van will significantly increase efficiencies so that many more needy dogs can now be helped.”
Newport is an area noted for relatively high numbers of stray animals. The centre helps more than 300 pets a year.
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Meet superstar senior Bilbo. This cheeky little chappie has defied life expectancy predictions for terriers and is looking forward to his 18th birthday in November.
The wonderful photo was posted on the Trust’s facebook page by proud owner Jilly Rivers, Fundraising Co-ordinator at Birmingham Dogs’ Home.
Vet and pet loss expert, Caroline Hewson, knew immediately that she had the cover star for her latest blog post which looks at pet life expectancy. He has clearly ignored all the research that puts the typical terrier lifespan at around 13 to 14 years.
“Bilbo is fit as a fiddle!” says Jilly. ” I rehomed him from Birmingham Dogs’ Home as a 9-week-old puppy as his owners were moving abroad. It was love at first sight and I knew I had to take him home!”
So, what breed is he? “I had a DNA test carried out and it came back as x Jack Russell terrier/Parsons Jack Russell terrier,” she says.
“We actually forget how old Bilbo is”
“Health-wise, he’s only had 2 dentals, with no other issues. He is actually a very fit dog for his age. He hasn’t slowed up, still plays with toys and the other two dogs. We actually forget how old he is sometimes. We love him to bits and he has been with me for the majority of the years that I have worked at BDH. He is a big part of my life and a perfect example of what a fantastic little rescue you can rehome from Birmingham Dogs’ Home.”
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Have you rescued an older pet? Or do you share your life with one? We are looking for more superstar senior pets to appear in the Pet Loss Blog. Post a pic on our facebook and instagram pages for a chance to feature.
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