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  • A Blue Cross dogPet allergies: not something to be sneezed at
    Posted on 21 Oct 2014
    Many 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 Bella the catGolden oldie cats still looking for love
    Posted on 16 Oct 2014
    We’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... 
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 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... Photo of Tracey the catDouble trouble for Tracey the tabbyPosted on 14 Oct 2014A road traffic accident and a serious infection have left young cat Tracey feeling very poorly, but thanks to Blue Cross she will soon be looking for a forever home… Blue Cross cat Tracey is recovering in the pet charity’s car... Babybell kittenHappy ending for kitten caught in mousetrapPosted on 09 Oct 2014Kitten Babybell touched the nation’s hearts when her leg was caught in a trap earlier this year, and we're delighted to tell you that she’s found a very happy new home… When a tiny black and white kitten was discovered i... Blue Cross cat HamishRoad to recovery: Blue Cross bed rest works wonders on HamishPosted on 06 Oct 2014When his owners could no longer look after for him, Hamish the kitten needed Blue Cross foster care to help him recover from a broken leg… When Hamish’s owners found him very quiet one day they suspected something was wrong. ... Photo of Squirrel at seven weeks old with food around her chopsHow tender loving care saved a kitten in a bucketPosted on 03 Oct 2014It was touch and go for tiny stray kitten Squirrel, but thanks to expert care from Blue Cross, her future’s looking bright… In late August, our Blue Cross rehoming centre in Torbay received a phone call from a member of the pu...  Photo of Blue Cross dog Daisy – who was named BeckyAn unwanted staffie’s tale: from stray to domestic goddessPosted on 30 Sep 2014Stray staffie Becky didn’t know what manners were, but we were determined to make sure she could enjoy a happy future in a happy home… Becky arrived at the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Lewknor having been a stray. She was a s... A Blue Cross horseFly-grazing: fanning the flames of the horse welfare crisisPosted on 24 Sep 2014The number of horses being cared for by charities is rising, and sadly, we’re finding that many of the horses now coming through our doors have been allowed to suffer, writes Blue Cross Education Officer Kerry Taylor… Horses t... CatNine lives: dangers every cat owner should watch out forPosted on 11 Sep 2014Curiosity, sadly, has put many a cat’s life in danger, but there are lots of things you can do to keep these inquisitive creatures safe. Here’s our risk assessment of the top hazards that threaten a cat’s nine lives&hellip... Coping with cancer - dogsPuppies and kittens aren’t pet shop stock Posted on 04 Sep 2014A ban on selling puppies and kittens in UK pet shops could soon become a reality. Ahead of an MPs debate this week, Blue Cross Editor Rachael Millar makes the case for an end to this cruel trade… Have you ever seen a puppy or kitten... Husky pupsWhat breed of dog is best for me?Posted on 03 Sep 2014Adding a dog to your family is exciting, but it’s also one of the toughest decisions you’re likely to make. Failing to thoroughly research a dog’s needs can lead to heartbreak for owners and for pets… Siberian husk...  Photo of Sharon with horses Jack and Tilly ‘All for a good cause’Posted on 25 Aug 2014Blue Cross horse borrower Sharon Bradley held a Paws for Tea party to say thanks for bringing horses Tilly and Jack into her life. Here, Sharon explains why, despite devastating news, she persevered for pets… I have been a borrower ... Photo of Harry the horseResults of National Equine Health Survey revealedPosted on 22 Aug 2014Back in May, horse, pony, donkey and mules owners across the country surveyed their animals for the National Equine Health Survey (NEHS). The results are now in… As the only survey to look at the general health of the UK’s hor... Dog Diddy, with Kerry and toddler PoppyBringing up baby - and dogPosted on 20 Aug 2014Welcoming a baby doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to the family pet. Dogs and young children can get along just fine as long as sensible boundaries are put in place to keep everyone safe, writes Blue Cross Education Officer Kerry T... Photo of a Blue Cross dog chewing a chew toyHow to stop your dog chewingPosted on 19 Aug 2014What do you do when your dog chews everything? From slippers to furniture, a dog’s urge to chew can leave your home looking quite threadbare. But for most dogs chewing is just a phase and it needn’t last forever… Why do ...  Photo of Ellie and pony ChiquitaBest friends: Blue Cross pony is perfect match for ElliePosted on 15 Aug 2014One young horse lover’s quest for the perfect pony seemed like it would never end until she got in touch with Blue Cross, writes Education Officer Kerry Taylor… Ellie El Khamlichi, aged 14, was almost ready to give up her sear... CameronNeutering your cat can prevent heartachePosted on 06 Aug 2014Not neutering a cat can lead to all kinds of complications – not only for the mum, but for her kittens too, as Cameron’s story shows… When two tiny kittens suddenly became very poorly and weak overnight, their owner brou... FloydLife on three legsPosted on 05 Aug 2014Dog owners rightly worry when their pet faces amputation, but many dogs cope well with having a limb removed and adapt to ‘tripawd’ life quickly – just like Floyd… When Jack Russell terrier Floyd arrived at our Blu... A farrierHappy feet: common horse hoof problemsPosted on 30 Jul 2014Horses’ feet support their full weight over a very small area, so it’s really important to take good care of them.  There are a number of common ailments that can leave horse with not-so-happy feet, and in most cases of la... Duke the dogHeatstroke: keeping your pet safe in the heatPosted on 17 Jul 2014Don’t forget your pet during this summer’s heatwave. Read our top tips on how to avoid heatstroke in pets… Animals can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes so it’s important to keep a close eye on them during hot... HamsterHamsters as pets: what you need to knowPosted on 16 Jul 2014Hamsters are one of the nation’s favourite pets, but how much do you really know about them? Read our guide to find out more about this popular pet… Hamsters are one of the most popular animals to be kept as pets and live for ... Dog happyHow to stay safe around dogsPosted on 02 Jul 2014Dogs are part of the family, so it’s important that children and adults understand how the dogs who share our homes and communities behave. Here, Paul Hodson, Blue Cross Education Officer, reveals how knowing what signs to look out fo... LogoThe dangerous dog owner problem Posted on 30 Jun 2014New law changes mean dog owners are now legally responsible if their dog hurts someone on private property, but this alone won’t stop attacks says Blue Cross public affairs manager Rachel Cunningham… Earlier this year the coal... DukeSummer survival guide for dogsPosted on 24 Jun 2014Summer is here and it’s heating up out there. We've put together a few simple tips to help you make sure your dog stays safe, happy and healthy this summer...   Sunburn Pale-coloured pets are vulnerable to sunburn; particularl...