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