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  • Photo of guinea pig Belle and her pup ChipFirst Mother’s Day for new mum guinea pig Belle
    Posted on 13 Mar 2015
    Guinea pig Belle will be celebrating her first Mother's Day with her new pups in Blue Cross foster care... New mum Belle will have her claws full this Mothering Sunday caring for her week-old pups Chip and Cogsworth. When the young guin... 
  • Photo of Murphy the dogIs your dog getting too much ‘me time’?
    Posted on 06 Mar 2015
    Take your dog to work if you can. It’s good for you - and for them, says Claire Stallard, an Animal Behaviourist at Blue Cross… Those of us who have dogs and are able to take them to work are very privileged and the benefits o... 
Photo of guinea pig Belle and her pup ChipFirst Mother’s Day for new mum guinea pig BellePosted on 13 Mar 2015Guinea pig Belle will be celebrating her first Mother's Day with her new pups in Blue Cross foster care... New mum Belle will have her claws full this Mothering Sunday caring for her week-old pups Chip and Cogsworth. When the young guin... Photo of Murphy the dogIs your dog getting too much ‘me time’?Posted on 06 Mar 2015Take your dog to work if you can. It’s good for you - and for them, says Claire Stallard, an Animal Behaviourist at Blue Cross… Those of us who have dogs and are able to take them to work are very privileged and the benefits o... Dog at the vet Dog owners: are you lungworm aware? Posted on 05 Mar 2015It’s Lungworm Awareness Month so you may have seen, heard or read more than usual about this nasty disease, which can be fatal to dogs. Mark Bossley, Chief Vet at the Blue Cross Victoria animal hospital, is here to tell you more about... Photo of Honeydew the horseHoneydew’s tale: a story of the horse welfare crisisPosted on 04 Mar 2015Last spring, 51 abandoned and neglected cobs needed help from Blue Cross. Education Officer Kerry Taylor catches up with horse Honeydew to see how she’s doing almost one year on… Honeydew is just one of the horses we have help... Photo of Olaf and ElfHappy ever after for cruelty case poniesPosted on 27 Feb 2015Ponies Olaf and Elf had a terrible start to life, but look at them now… Six-month-old Elf and Olaf must have been terrified little ponies when they arrived at Blue Cross. They had suffered a very sad start to life and arrived at ou... Jordan DDADon’t judge a dog by their breedPosted on 10 Feb 2015By empowering young people to care for their dogs whatever their breed, Blue Cross is helping to keep communities safe… Have you ever walked into a room and felt judged on the way you look? Dogs all over the country face this every ... Photo of dog Jack playing with a toyWill you be my Valentine? Homeless pets looking for lovePosted on 13 Feb 2015Lots of lovely Blue Cross pets are looking for their forever homes this Valentine’s Day. Do you have room in your home for one of these lonely hearts? Click on a pet’s name below to find out more about them and how to take them... Photo of Minnie, a Blue Cross deguFun and games: How to keep your small pet happyPosted on 02 Feb 2015Just like you, animals get bored if they have nothing to do. Discover how you can keep your rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, rat, mouse, degu or chinchilla happy and healthy with our tips below… Rabbits Keep your bunny happy ... PilburyEight incredible rescue pet transformationsPosted on 23 Jan 2015We would like you to meet eight of the most incredible rescue pets to have passed through Blue Cross doors. They’re inspirational little fighters - every single one of them. 1. Flush Four-week-old Flush was miraculously unharmed a... Photo of Nigel, a black Labrador puppyPlans made for wonky pup Nigel pay offPosted on 06 Jan 2015Despite an unusual start to life, Nigel the puppy enjoyed his first Christmas in a new home thanks to Blue Cross care… Gorgeous wonky puppy Nigel found a happy home in time for Christmas. The young Labrador cross was brought to our... Photo of Blue Cross tortoiseshell cat MollyCold weather tips for pets with arthritisPosted on 05 Jan 2015A sudden cold snap can be tough for people and pets alike, and can affect health, writes Caroline Reay, Blue Cross Chief Vet… Arthritis is more painful in cold weather, particularly in the chilly damp conditions so typical to the UK... Photo of Button the baby chinchilla eating foodDon’t stew over what to feed your petPosted on 24 Dec 2014Feeding your pet food that is delicious and nutritious will keep them happy and healthy, writes Blue Cross Chief Vet Caroline Reay… Every food fad for people is mirrored in the wealth of advice that’s available on pet feeding,... Photo of Caesar, a grey and white cat who needs a homeAll these cats want for Christmas is youPosted on 23 Dec 2014Could you give one of our long-stay feline residents a loving home? Spike, Coco, Caesar, Dusty and Pixie have been waiting patiently for their new homes and would love to start the new year with a new family. Our experienced rehoming cent... Photo of Blue Cross dogs Penelope and Parker being walked by the Holiday Cottages teamHolidaycottages.co.uk spends a day volunteering at Blue CrossPosted on 22 Dec 2014The team at self-catering cottage company, holidaycottages.co.uk recently spent a day volunteering at our Tiverton rehoming centre in Devon. Here they tell us all about their day… Not only did we meet some beautiful animals as we ex... Photo of Noel, a black kitten with a white flash at Blue CrossGive your pet a stress-free Christmas Posted on 22 Dec 2014While it is the season to be jolly, Christmas can be a stressful time for pets, writes Blue Cross Chief Vet Caroline Reay... The Bethlehem stable symbolises tranquility and peace for mankind. But what of the animals? Were the ox and ass sp... Photo of Diddy the dogHow to keep your child and dog safe when you’re not therePosted on 17 Dec 2014Keeping children and dogs safe around each other is top priority for parents, but what happens when you’re not there to step in? Making sure family and friends know the rules will keep your child and pet safe and is especially importa... Photo of horse Elf looking festive with tinselCould you give a young Blue Cross horse a home this Christmas?Posted on 16 Dec 2014Lots of our young horses are now ready and waiting to go to happy new homes. This season our rehoming centres are expecting more foals to be born, so if you could offer one of these lovely foals or yearlings below a loving home, please cli... Photo of a kitten getting too close to the Christmas treeHow to give your cat a chaos-free ChristmasPosted on 15 Dec 2014Christmas is a joyful time, but it can cause chaos for cats. Help keep your moggy safe this festive season with our handy list of dangers your cat should avoid… Plants. While lilies and yew are popular Christmas plants, they are a... Photo of a headshot of Blue Cross horse Kazan in the snowHorses: Think before you rug!Posted on 12 Dec 2014Many horses and ponies are fairly hardy and can live without a rug all year round. Read advice from Blue Cross Horse Welfare Manager Ruth Court to find out why rugs can sometimes be more hindrance than help… As horses are mammals th... Iggy needs a homeTwelve pets want just one thing this ChristmasPosted on 10 Dec 2014What gift could you give to homeless and unwanted pets this Christmas? Could you make a Blue Cross pet’s Christmas wish come true and give them a home forever? Twelve of our residents are struggling to find the one thing they want t... Photo of a kitten in a Christmas present boxHas Santa been asked for a kitten this Christmas?Posted on 05 Dec 2014Has your son or daughter asked Santa to bring them a kitten this Christmas? Work out whether or not you need to have a quiet word with Mr Claus with advice from Blue Cross Head of Rehoming Mandy Jones… There are lots of benefits for... Photo of dog in santa hatChristmas: 10 hazards dog owners should watch out forPosted on 04 Dec 2014Christmas can be a fun time for the whole family but remember to watch out for these dangers to your dog this festive season… Bones. No matter how tempted you may be, don’t give you dog any turkey or chicken bones as they de... Photo of Puppy. A black Blue Cross cat who needs a homeBlack Cat Friday: Could you give these moggies a great deal of love?Posted on 28 Nov 2014As Britain whips itself into a frenzy over Christmas bargains, we’re hoping you’ll think giving one of these cats a home is a very good deal this Black (Cat) Friday… Black cats are notoriously difficult to rehome thanks ... Photo of a horse in a muddy fieldHorses: Winter survival guidePosted on 20 Nov 2014With winter coming read our handy tips to keep you and your horse happy and safe.... Horses can cope very well in cold temperatures; some hardier breeds of horse will not even need a rug to keep them warm or will be fine with just a rain s... Photo of a Blue Cross vet nurse hand-feeding a rejected kittenWho cares about unwanted kittens?Posted on 17 Nov 2014Blue Cross cares. When five three-week-old kittens were rejected by their mum, we stepped in immediately to give them the round-the-clock attention they needed… Five kittens were small, hungry and cold when they arrived at the Blue ...