Month: July 2021

New ambulance cages improve safety for Blue Cross rescue animals

black and white dog sits in blue cross ambulance cage

Blue Cross ambulances have been fitted with brand new animal cages thanks to a grant from Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT).

blue cross logoThe charity had already replaced their ageing Blue Cross ambulances but were still using old cages that were well past their sell-by date. The new cages have improved safety not just for the animals but for the team that cares for them.

“Having access to the cages from both the back doors, and through the sides means our teams can manoeuvre large, recumbent patients easily into position for safe transport between our animal hospitals,” explains Pratice Manager,  Katie Shorer .

“We also have the added security of panels across the side doors and of full height at the back, meaning that even in the event of an escapee we can rest assured they will still be secure and will not bolt out when we open the door!”

This view is shared by Lee Nash, who has worked for the charity for 20 years driving Blue Cross ambulances and mobile hospitals in London.black and white resting in Blue Cross ambulance cage“I’ve never had more peace of mind for the animals I transport than I do now,” he says. “The extra doors on the inside prevent any animal that may escape in transit from being able to escape when outer doors are open. Also we can now, in an emergency, transport three dogs if needed as the two extra side inner doors make a third kennel.”

PPCT has been supporting Blue Cross for many years. The Trust donated £5,000 towards a new van for transporting homeless dogs between the charity’s rehoming unit in Newport and their overnight kennels.

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£1000 top-up from PPCT helps Mane Chance Hay Appeal smash target

Mane chance hay appeal chestnut horse eats hay

PPCT has boosted the Mane Chance Urgent Hay Appeal, taking it to £10,000.

Jenny SeagroveThis means that the equine charity has secured a year’s supply of hay for its many rescue horses and ponies. The Trust promised that if the Hay Appeal reached 9K, they would top it up by £1000.

“A huge thanks to The Petplan Charitable Trust for their donation towards our Hay appeal,” says Jenny Seagrove, Founding Trustee of Mane Chance. “With their help we will be able to buy all the hay that our wonderful herd of rescued horses needs for the year. We are truly grateful for their ongoing support.”

Based in Guildford, Surrey, Mane Chance was set up by Seagrove in 2011. The sanctuary consists of 60 acres of grazing and the horses are managed in relationship herds. Rather than grazing in the more traditional rectangular fields, the horses roam through a track system, encouraging them to forage, exercise and gently socialise in a more natural way.

The charity has also developed a special area specifically for Shetland ponies. These hardy little ponies are designed for harsher conditions than can be found in the lush pastures of rural Surrey. This means that they are susceptible to laminitis and becoming overweight. At Mane Chance, the Shetlands live in a dedicated area that has been sown with hardier grass species. They also have access to gorse and heather, providing an environment that is much closer to their native habitat.

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PPCT sponsors puppy to be trained as assistance dog

juno black labrador puppy lies on carpet

Petplan Charitable Trust is sponsoring a labrador puppy through her training to become an assistance dog.

We’ll be following adorable black labrador puppy, Juno, as charity Dogs for Good puts her through her paces. But right now, she’s still getting used to being a puppy! Check out the video below.

“Even at such a young age, Juno will start to show some of the characteristics needed in a fully trained dog: confidence, an interest in people and in playing,” explains Allison Allen, Trusts Manager at Dogs for Good.

A secure start in life filled with love

Juno will begin by spending a year living with puppy socialisers Mike and Penny. They are part of a team of dedicated volunteers who ensure the charity’s working dogs get a secure start in life filled with love. Their key role is to ensure each puppy has lots of experience of the world around them. Juno’s early training will be overseen by Mike and Penny’s dedicated Puppy Corodinator.

“All our puppy socialisers are very committed and give their puppies endless time, love and attention, ensuring they have the best possible start,” says Allen.

black labrador puppy cuddles older golden labLabrador puppy Juno has an exciting year ahead

When Juno leaves Mike and Penny, she will be a confident, happy and social dog, ready for the next stage of her development.

“Juno has an exciting year ahead, with lots to learn and plenty of love and cuddles with her new family,” adds Allen. “It is early days and we cannot predict how her personality and behaviour will develop, but with the love and support of Mike and Penny, their family and the team here at Dogs for Good, she has every chance of success.”

Juno isn’t the first Dogs For Good puppy to be sponsored by PPCT. Meet Sailor, here

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