Blue Cross Home Direct

Giving up a pet is a tough decision for any owner, but peoples’ circumstances can change so quickly and for a variety of reasons.

Blue Cross knows that leaving a family home and coming to a rehoming centre can be a difficult time for owners and their pets, but there’s another way that the charity can help people to find loving new homes for their pet, and that’s with their Home Direct service.

Home Direct gives owners who need to find a new home for their pet the opportunity to keep them until Blue Cross can find a new owner, instead of bringing them into one of the charity’s rehoming centres.

This saves the pet the stress of staying in kennels as they’ll go straight from one loving home to another. It also frees up more space at Blue Cross’s rehoming centres and with the charity’s pet fosterers, allowing them to take in more pets that have no other home to go to, for example stray, abandoned or neglected pets.

The team at Blue Cross carries out a full assessment of the pet, as they do with all pets they rehome, before creating a rehoming profile for the pet. The pet and their profile is then promoted alongside all our other pets on the rehoming section of the Blue Cross website.

When a potential new owner applies for the pet, and the team at Blue Cross thinks will be a good match, they arrange for them to visit the pet at their home or for the pet to come to one of the charity’s rehoming centres for an introduction. The team will ensure everything goes smoothly and if the match goes well, the pet will be rehomed to their new home.

Blue Cross, which has rehoming centres and animal hospitals across the country, rehomes dogs, cats, small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs and horses through its Home Direct scheme.

Clare Williamson, centre manager at Blue Cross Suffolk in Wherstead, said: “Blue Cross is about helping pets and their owners throughout their life in whatever ways we can. We know how much pets can change a person’s life – we get lovely updates every day from people who have taken on pets from us – and it’s great for us to think we have helped to change theirs and the pet’s life.

“Sadly we know that life changes can mean a person can sadly no longer look after their pet. We’re here to help and support people who have had to make the difficult decision to rehome their pet and have done the best thing for them by coming to us for help to find a loving new home. We help people to rehome their pets for all sorts of different reasons. For example people’s financial situation may have changed and they can no longer afford to keep their pet or they are moving into accommodation where they can’t take their pet with them such as a care home.”

For more details on the Blue Cross Home Direct scheme or to find out more about the charity or the pets currently looking for homes visit: www.bluecross.org.uk.

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