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Blue Cross Burford overrun with rodents

Two rats at our Buford rehoming centre

Our Burford rehoming centre is overrun with rodents. It’s not a pest problem though – these cute domesticated pets need loving homes!

Around 100 small pets are currently looking for love – the biggest number of homeless small pets our centre has had at any one time in its history.

Jenna Martyn, Centre Manager at Blue Cross in Burford, explains: “There are so many we’ve had to house rabbits and rats in our offices to accommodate them all. We’re absolutely desperate for loving new homes for them.”

More than 50 rats, 20 degus, 20 rabbits and 10 guinea pigs are waiting for new owners to step forward.

One-year-old rats Washington and Kansas arrived at Blue Cross after their owner was unable to care for them anymore, and seven-month-old rabbits Bowie and Ziggy were discovered dumped in a skip in London where they received care from the Blue Cross animal hospital in Merton before being transferred to the charity’s rehoming centre in Oxfordshire.

Jenna adds: “Lots of people clearly need help rehoming their small pets and there are very few places that can help with this type of animal. Rehoming also slows down during the winter months so we’ve become inundated. Small animals like rats and rabbits can make fantastic pets.

“Some people are put off by rats but domestic ones are really clean, friendly and interactive. They are also very intelligent – you can even train them to fetch, just like a dog!”

Please get in touch with our Burford rehoming centre if you can offer a loving home to any of these wonderful pets.