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Help dumped dogs find their perfect match this Valentine’s Day09 Feb 2011
The Blue Cross animal adoption centre in Thirsk is calling out to find loving homes for some extra special dogs this Valentine’s Day. Two Staffordshire bull terriers who’ve had a terrible start in life have so far been overlooked by visitors to the centre. Visitors have instead favoured other breeds and the charity is urging potential dog owners to overcome any prejudice of Staffies to consider adopting one of these loving dogs.
Affectionate young Bobby is a pure-breed Staffy who is less than a year old. He was found abandoned in a Grimsby alleyway last November, covered in blood with severe damage to his left ear. He was rushed to The Blue Cross animal hospital in the town where emergency treatment was given. Sadly, his owners never came forward and so when fully recovered he was transferred to the charity’s Thirsk centre to find a new home. Despite being treated so badly in his young life, Bobby thrives on human company and just wants someone to love.
Belle is about two-years-old and has been at the centre for three months after being found roaming the streets in nearby Richmond. Although she was found alone, it was clear she had recently been caring for a litter of puppies. Belle was brought to The Blue Cross by the local dog warden when no-one came to claim her. It seems she had been used for breeding then heartlessly dumped on the street. Beautiful Belle came to the centre to begin a new life but has so far been overlooked even though she is a sweet-natured dog who loves to play.
Lyn Raine, Blue Cross animal behaviour assistant at Thirsk said: “It is so sad that a minority of bad owners seem to have given all Staffies a bad name. In our experience they are friendly, fun dogs who are so affectionate and loving – even when they have been as badly treated as Bobby and Belle. Many visitors to the centre don’t give them a second look which is so sad when you know they both have the potential to be fantastic family pets. They have so much love to give, we just hope they find their perfect match this Valentine’s Day.”
All Blue Cross pets are given a health check-up, microchipped, vaccinated and neutered before they go to new homes. The charity’s animal behaviourists also fully assess each animal to see what training they might need and carefully match each pet with a potential new owner. The animal behaviourists also provide ongoing advice and support to owners of Blue Cross pets.
The Blue Cross is one of Britain’s leading animal charities. It receives no government funding and relies on the generous support of animal lovers to continue its work. To find out more about the animals currently staying at the Thirsk centre, or make a donation, visit www.bluecross.org.uk. Visit us on Facebook at: www.bluecross.org.uk/thirskfacebook
Notes to Editors
• Pictures of Belle and Bobby are available, please contact The Blue Cross media office.
• Thirsk animal adoption centre was opened in 1987, and was partly converted from old boarding kennels. One building on the site was used by the RAF during the Second World War. The centre serves North Yorkshire, Teesside and parts of West Yorkshire. Much of the centre was rebuilt in 2009 to create state-of-the-art dog kennels and other new facilities. The centre can accommodate up to 25 dogs and 40 cats. Hundreds of animals are successfully rehomed every year.
• To contact the centre please call 01845 577759. The centre is open daily between 10.00am and 5.00pm, closed on Mondays and Bank Holidays.
• The Blue Cross animal charity provides practical support, information and advice for pet and horse owners. Through its network of small animal and equine adoption centres it rehomes thousands of animals each year. Its hospitals provide veterinary care for the pets of people who cannot afford private vets' fees. The Blue Cross also actively campaigns to improve all aspects of pet and equine welfare. The charity works with the government, schools and other organisations to create a greater understanding of responsible animal ownership and improve the lives of animals and their owners.
Louise Lee, Blue Cross media officer on 020 7932 4066 or firstname.lastname@example.org