Greater Manchester rehoming, advice and behaviour unit

Location Details

Welcome to Greater Manchester rehoming, advice and behaviour unit based in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester. We always have dogs and cats looking for loving new homes. Come and visit us, we'd love to see you.

We also run our Home Direct Scheme from our Greater Manchester site, which means we can help people in the local area find new homes for dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, chinchillas and degus that they need to rehome without them having to come into the unfamiliar surroundings of kennels. We work very closely with other local rescues and will continue to take in homeless pound dogs from them. Plus, we will work with local veterinary practices to find new homes for pets who need them.

We are looking for volunteer foster carers who can offer short-term care to needy dogs, cats or small pets in their own homes. We’d love to hear from you if you can help pets who need an extra bit of care in a home environment.

Our Greater Manchester unit offers advice about pet care and rehoming.

Home Direct

Our Home Direct scheme is for dogs, cats, rabbits and other small pets whose owners can sadly no longer keep them but don’t need to find them a new home straight away. Pets stay in their existing home until a new owner is found for them. All pets go through our careful assessment and matching process.

Amazon wish list

Buy our pets a treat or purchase something to help our centre be the best it can be.

Pet food bank

No one should have to choose between feeding themselves and feeding their pet. We collect donations of pet food and other items for our pet food bank here.

If you're struggling to afford food for your dog, cat, or small pet, we’re here for you and will be happy to welcome you to our Blue Cross pet food bank.

How to collect from our pet food bank

Hard times can happen to anyone, and with pets in the family there are more bowls to fill when money is tight. Anyone struggling to feed their pets can visit our pet food banks and collect the food they need. We won’t ask you for a voucher or proof of need and our team will welcome you without judgement.

Please call or email us to arrange a time to come and collect the pet food you need. Calling or emailing us in advance means we can get a package ready for when you arrive.

Our food bank supports dogs, cats, chinchillas, degus, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats, but we rely on donations so we can’t guarantee we’ll have stock for all pets at all times. Calling ahead means you can check our stock before coming down.

We can give you pet food and other items such as bedding and cat litter.

We may not have your pet’s usual food brand or type in stock when you need our help. We’ve put together some useful tips on feeding your pet in a crisis situation to help you manage this.

Please read our frequently asked questions for more information about using our pet food bank.

How to donate to our pet food bank

We accept donations for our pet food bank here at any time during our opening hours. Please visit reception when you arrive and your items will be gratefully received. Each and every donation will help keep pets with their loving families.

You can also support us by donating funds to our pet food bank appeal.

The pets helped by our pet food banks are:

  • cats
  • chinchillas
  • degus
  • dogs
  • ferrets
  • gerbils
  • guinea pigs
  • hamsters
  • mice
  • rabbits
  • rats

What we can accept:

  • Wet or dry pet food in unopened tins, pouches or packets, including special diets eg senior, puppy, kitten
  • Hay, straw and substrate for rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets
  • Litter
  • Bedding

Sorry, but we’re unable to accept donations of the following:

  • Dry pet food that’s over three months past its best before date
  • Wet pet food that’s over three years past its best before date
  • Open packets of food or litter where the contents have been exposed to the air. Open boxes containing individual pouches or tins are accepted as long as the pouches or tins are unopened.
  • Food with damaged packaging, including dented tins, holes in sacks, grease spots on bags
  • Raw food
  • Food for humans
  • Food or items for horses. We hope to be able to collect these soon.