Two puppies are hoping the next stop for them will be happy new homes, after being abandoned at a bus stop at just four weeks old.
The Staffordshire bull terrier cross puppies, now in the care of Blue Cross pet charity, were discovered when a passer-by spotted a cardboard box at a bus stop in Cranbrook that appeared to be moving. When he went for a closer look, he discovered a litter of four tiny puppies inside.
Although their finder managed to rehome two of the puppies with friends and family, he wasn’t able to find takers for the remaining two and asked to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Northiam for help. The motherless pups, now named Snuggle and Puggle, are being cared for by a Blue Cross volunteer foster carer until they are old enough to find permanent new homes.
Maria Steel, centre manager at Northiam Blue Cross, said: “Snuggle and Puggle and their two siblings were far too young to be separated from their mother. It’s really lucky they were found when they were, or they probably wouldn’t have survived.
“Sadly, unwanted puppies and kittens are becoming more and more common. If only more people would get their pets neutered, we wouldn’t be faced with the problem of so many pets being given up. But if you do have pets that you can’t care for, please come to an organisation like Blue Cross for help, rather than abandoning them to fend for themselves.”
Last year, Blue Cross rehoming centres took in over 8,000 pets across the UK, more that 2,000 of which were stray or abandoned. To find out more about the pets currently looking for homes or to make a donation, visit www.bluecross.org.uk
Notes to Editors
• Photos of Snuggle and Puggle available on request, please contact the press office.
• The Blue Cross pet rehoming centre in Northiam has been helping homeless and abandoned pets across Sussex and Kent since the late 1960s. The centre finds loving new homes for hundreds of cats and dogs every year. To contact the centre call 0300 777 1510 or drop in at St Francis Fields, Northiam, Sussex, TN31 6LP (check the website or call ahead for opening times).
• Blue Cross has been dedicated to helping poorly, injured and abandoned pets for over 100 years. We opened the world’s first animal hospital in 1906 and since then our doors have never closed to sick and homeless animals.
• Today we run four animal hospitals and 12 rehoming centres across the UK, which provide treatment and seek happy homes for thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses every year.
• Blue Cross actively campaigns to improve all aspects of animal welfare, working with the government, schools and others to improve the lives of pets and their owners. For more information, please visit www.bluecross.org.uk.
Sophia Khan, Blue Cross press office: 020 7932 4070 / [email protected]