Petplan Charitable Trust has helped animal charity Blue Cross to purchase and fit out a new van. The vehicle is used to safely transfer homeless dogs from the rehoming unit to the overnight kennels.

blue cross logoHeadquartered in Burford in Oxfordshire, Blue Cross has been helping and rehoming sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets since 1897. Their motto is: “Pets change lives. We change theirs.”

It’s not just dogs and cats that Blue Cross cares for. From rats, rabbits and mice to horses and ponies, the charity provides veterinary care, specialist behavioural help and rehoming for all manner of different species.

Blue Cross cares for around 40,000 pets a year

Blue Cross aims to help abandoned or unwanted pets to find loving new homes. They also support current and future pet owners with accessible, non-judgemental advice and training, and offer pet bereavement support. The charity cares for around 40,000 pets each year.

Olive labrador blue cross

An example of a pet helped by the charity is Olive, a stray dog admitted to the Newport Rehoming and Advice Unit. Vets confirmed that she had been used for excessive breeding, and due to her overwhelming fear of everything, it’s more than likely that she had been locked away alone, cruelly kept as a commodity. The team at Newport worked with Olive extensively and she has now found a caring new home.

How we’re helping Blue Cross

Petplan Charitable Trust has awarded several grants to Blue Cross, including grants of £5,000 and £15,000 towards the purchase of a van at the Newport Rehoming and Advice Unit (RAU) and the overnight kennels at the centre. This was the first of the charity’s sites in a new ‘Rehoming Lite’ scheme designed to reach wider audiences at less cost, for which a van and overnight kennels were essential.

Since its opening – in an area noted for a high population of stray animals – the Newport site has helped more than 300 pets a year. Neutering, veterinary care, vaccinations and microchipping are all facilitated through the centre, where around half of admissions are dogs. The majority of these use the overnight kennels, while being brought to and from the centre each day for socialisation and visits from potential new owners.

blue cross van funded by PPCT“The Petplan Charitable Trust’s vital backing has helped us to purchase and fit-out a new van to safely transfer homeless dogs between the rehoming unit and their overnight kennels,” explains Victoria Kingsman of Blue Cross. “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. It is expected that this new, larger, modified van will significantly increase efficiencies so that many more needy dogs can now be helped.”

“In addition, Petplan Charitable Trust has gifted Blue Cross an extremely generous contribution towards the cost of renting out a kennel block at the nearby private kennel facility,” Victoria adds. “We are extremely grateful to Petplan Charitable Trust for their backing of this rehoming scheme, which will be life-changing, if not life-saving, for many abandoned dogs in Wales.”

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