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  • Photo of a horse in a muddy fieldHorses: Winter survival guide
    Posted on 20 Nov 2014
    With 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 2014
    Blue 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 ... 
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... 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 ...