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  • Photo of Blue Cross dogs Penelope and Parker being walked by the Holiday Cottages teamHolidaycottages.co.uk spends a day volunteering at Blue Cross
    Posted on 22 Dec 2014
    The 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 2014
    While 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 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 ... Tommy the staffie has now been happily rehomed with a loving familyHappy ever afterPosted on 13 Nov 2014Last year Blue Cross rehomed 8,191 animals to happy homes. We’ve caught up with some of our now very much wanted pets to see how they’re doing now… Fleur Fleur first arrived at Blue Cross back in 2009 because her owner ... Photo of a black and white Blue Cross catStray cats: What to do if you find a stray catPosted on 12 Nov 2014Unlike with dogs, there are very few laws that give cats any legal protection. The number of stray cats is on the increase and one of our most frequently asked questions is what to do if you find a stray cat. Read our advice below… ... Soldiers on horseback during the First World WarRemembering the animals of war 100 years onPosted on 11 Nov 2014One hundred years after the outbreak of the Great War, staff and volunteers from Blue Cross joined 10,000 veterans and civilians in a march of remembrance past The Cenotaph in central London, writes Blue Cross Editor Rachael Millar… ... Photo of a tortoiseHappy hibernation: How to hibernate your tortoisePosted on 06 Nov 2014You can keep your tortoise happy and healthy this winter by making sure they hibernate safely. Elise Smith, Blue Cross Staff Veterinary Nurse, explains how… Tortoises are not native to the UK and they have very specific environmenta... Olly the catIs your pet ready for winter?Posted on 05 Nov 2014After the warmest Halloween on record there’s now a definite chill in the air. Find out how you can get your pet winter-ready with our advice… Dogs While dogs wear fur coats year-round, most pet dogs aren’t used to th... Photo of a Jack russell terrierFirework phobia: how to help dogs with a firework fearPosted on 23 Oct 2014Many dogs are afraid of fireworks but there are things you can do to keep them safe and calm during the bright and noisy evenings… Always keep your dog indoors when fireworks are being let off It’s a good idea to time walks... Photo of a Blue Cross guinea pigHow to help small pets cope with fireworksPosted on 23 Oct 2014Small pets who live outside can be frightened by bangs and flashes that fill the sky. Here are our top tips for keeping smallies safe throughout fireworks season… Rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, gerbils, ferrets, other smallie... Photo of a ginger kittenCats and fireworks: keeping cats safe during fireworks seasonPosted on 23 Oct 2014Guy Fawkes Night can be a frightening time for cats. Read our advice on how to keep your cat safe this fireworks season… Keep your cat at inside at night during firework season. If your cat is used to going outside, provide a litter... A Blue Cross dogPet allergies: not something to be sneezed atPosted on 21 Oct 2014Many pets are given up due to allergies. Read our advice on how to cope with allergies to pets this Indoor Allergy Week… Between January and August this year, 185 pets needed Blue Cross help to find a new home because someone in the... Photo of two Shetland poniesRemember, remember your horse this NovemberPosted on 23 Oct 2014With firework season fast approaching, now’s the time to think about how your horse will cope with the loud bangs and flashes… Make sure fireworks are never set off near your horse’s field or stable. Tell neighbours and... Stray dog blog postI’ve found a dog: What to do if you find a stray dogPosted on 22 Oct 2014Many people think they should contact the police if they find a stray dog. Since a change in the law a few years ago, this is no longer the case. Here’s our guide on what to do if you find a stray dog… If you come across a str... Photo of Bella the catGolden oldie cats still looking for lovePosted on 16 Oct 2014We’ve been searching for a new home for these lovely older cats for a combined total of 442 days. Could you offer any of them a happy home to spend their retirement?   Venetia Hello, my name is Venetia and I’m 13 years o... Blue Cross volunteer Lara Drury manning the Blue Cross stand at Pup AidBlue Cross fundraiser Lara takes on the ultimate challenge for petsPosted on 14 Oct 2014Animal lover Lara likes a challenge – which is a good thing as she will soon be battling her way through hell and high water to raise funds to help needy pets… This month, animal hero Lara Drury will take to the skies and take...