Britain is a nation of animal lovers, almost half of all UK households share their homes with at least one pet. But what about the cats, dogs and other pets who don't have a sofa to snuggle up on and a human to cuddle up to? Step in Blue Cross. The animal welfare charity does amazing work caring for and rehoming animals in need - 35,000 each year. These are just some of the pets that Blue Cross helped find their furever home...
Dudley, a 5-year-old English bull terrier, was found wandering the streets all alone – he was scared and in terrible pain. He could barely see because of an untreated eye infection and he was suffering with sore skin and paws. He was picked up by a local authority as a stray and came to Blue Cross after no-one came to claim him.
Brendan and his partner Karen love English bull terriers and spotted Dudley on the Blue Cross website. They were such a great match they took him home! Dudley enjoys joining locksmith Brendan at work, going for walks with other rescue bull terriers and cuddling up with his owners on the sofa – as you can see!
2. Luke and Oscar
Life-long pals Oscar and Luke were facing the prospect of being separated when their elderly owner died and his family couldn’t keep them. The close pair were in a Blue Cross centre for over two months looking for a home. While 8-year-old Yorkie Luke had lots of interest the 7-year-old Maltese terrier Oscar’s ear problems had put potential owners off and the centre were forced to consider separating the best buds as a last resort in order to find them homes.
Happily, they were spotted by the Piercy family who gave a home to them both. Luke and Oscar are as close as ever now, and they enjoy a good fuss between walks and snuggles.
Boyd was one of a number of horses rescued after they were found living in squalor in a cement yard without proper food, shelter or vet care. All of them were severely underweight, but Boyd’s condition was shocking. His muscles were wasted and his coat was also heavily infested with lice. He had very little experience of people, so he was very nervous and frightened when he arrived at Blue Cross.
It took many months for Boyd to start the road to recovery before he could be rehomed. When Jane from an Oxfordshire farm approached Blue Cross about Boyd, his carers couldn’t believe their luck. She has a nine-acre paddock for 7-year-old Boyd and has another rescue horse called Boris who has become Boyd’s best buddy. Doesn’t Boyd look handsome these days!
Charcoal the cat arrived at Blue Cross needing a new home when her owner could no longer look after her. This old dame had reached the ripe old age of 18! But because of this, the charity thought she may struggle to attract new owners.
However, it wasn’t long before Elaine got in touch about rehoming her and Charcoal was off to a new start to spend her retirement years. Elaine got in touch a year later to report Charcoal was doing really well, in good health and enjoying being spoilt rotten – and rightly so!
Annie was orphaned and abandoned in a cardboard box at just 10 days old. The tiny Staffordshire bull terrier cross puppy was handed in along with her siblings by a member of the public who said their mum had died. They were all very poorly and too young to be without their mum and sadly all of Annie’s siblings died, leaving her alone.
The Huggins family saw Annie on the Blue Cross website and fell in love. She is now enjoying family life playing with her human sisters. What a happy girl!
Little Victoria was found abandoned on a train on London Underground’s District Line when she was a tiny kitten. Tube staff brought Victoria to the nearby Blue Cross animal hospital where vets checked her over. Because she was so young she was hand-fed and as soon as she was well enough she was transferred to the charity’s rehoming centre in Lewknor, Oxfordshire.
Laura fell in love with Victoria after seeing a video of her on YouTube, she called the centre to apply to rehome her. She was delighted when she was told she could and made the 200-mile round trip to collect her. We think they make a fab pair!
Tillie the young kitten was found at just a few days old abandoned on a farm with her two brothers and taken to Blue Cross for help. She was on the brink of death, sadly neither of her brothers survived. The Blue Cross team were determined to save Tillie and the team took it in turns to take her home to nurse her through the night.
Thanks to their amazing efforts, she made a full recovery and became a happy and confident cat who found her happy ending in a home with Lynda, her other cats and two dogs who she enjoys playing with. Back from the brink to live a full life – go Tillie!
On the Blue Cross website you can learn more about their good work, their current campaigns, read about sponsoring a pet still looking for a home, or give one of their rescue pets a home yourself.