We are extremely grateful to Petplan Charitable Trust for making two generous donations in support of our new Blue Cross rehoming and advice unit in Newport, South Wales.

In 2017, Blue Cross was proud to officially open, not only its first dog rehoming facility in Wales, but also the first of its ‘Rehoming Lite’ schemes. Operating from a rented former doctor’s surgery in Newport, this arrangement boasts much lower start-up and running costs than a traditional rehoming centre. The resident team also work in conjunction with local Home Direct schemes, a cat fostering facility at nearby Usk College, and other pet rescue organisations in Wales, such as Hope Rescue and Four Paws.

This new rehoming and advice unit, set up in an area chosen for its high population of strays, comprises a generous reception space and four sizeable “home rooms”. These comfy rooms house the dogs during the day and provide a safe space for potential new owners to meet them. Staff also offer advice on pet care as required and free microchipping is provided. The dogs are then transferred to a local rented kennelling facility at night.

The Petplan Charitable Trust’s vital backing has helped us to purchase and fit-out a new van to safely transfer homeless dogs between the rehoming unit and their overnight kennels. Last year, the Newport unit saw over 100 dogs rehomed - using a small, old, borrowed van to transfer just a couple of the dogs each time. It is expected that this new, larger, modified van, will significantly increase efficiencies so that many more needy dogs can now be helped.

In addition, Petplan Charitable Trust has gifted Blue Cross an extremely generous contribution towards the cost of renting out a kennel block at the nearby private kennel facility.

We are extremely grateful to Petplan Charitable Trust for their backing of this rehoming scheme which will be life-changing, if not life-saving, for many abandoned dogs in Wales.