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New Blue Cross unit finds its first dog a loving home

A rescue lurcher now has a bright future to look forward to after becoming the first dog to be found a home through a new Blue Cross service in south Wales.

Hundreds of unwanted and abandoned pets are now set to follow Audrey into happy lives thanks to the Newport rehoming and advice unit, which opened its doors earlier this month.

The facility will find new homes for dogs, cats and small pets, as well as offering pet advice and free microchipping.

Audrey (on the right) went to her new home in Southampton this week.

Hannah Wiltshire, Blue Cross Rehoming Manager, said: “We are very excited to be here in Newport. We know there are lots of pets in the area in need of our help and couldn’t wait to get started matching them up with lovely new owners and settled into happy new homes.”

Dogs spend the day in the facility’s comfortable ‘home rooms’, where they get one-on-one attention and care from the team of employees and volunteers and meet potential new owners. They spend the night in local boarding kennels.

Having enjoyed the new facility for a little over two weeks, eight-year-old Audrey went to live with her new family in Southampton on November 23.

Her new owners had earlier seen a Blue Cross plea on the Newport unit’s Facebook page for sighthound coats to keep Audrey warm and sent in all the coats which had belonged to their lurcher who had recently passed away.

Audrey (right) had spent two weeks at our Newport rehoming centre before heading off to her new life.

They had already fallen in love with Audrey by that point, and offered her a new home as soon as she went up for rehoming.

She now lives with three whippets, two of whom came along for the ride home with her. 

As well as working closely with other local rescues to take in homeless pound dogs, the Newport unit also runs the Home Direct Scheme, which means it helps people in the local area find new homes for their pets without them having to come into the unfamiliar surroundings of kennels.

Alyson Jones, Head of Rehoming Development for Blue Cross, said: “Our rehoming and advice unit in Newport is part of our new approach to bringing Blue Cross rehoming and other services to communities we don’t currently reach.

“By using the new facility as a hub to concentrate on innovative, flexible ways of rehoming like our Home Direct scheme and overnight, weekend and short term fostering, our supporters’ generous donations go further meaning we can help more pets.”

See the other dogs up for rehoming at Newport here.