Time to step out to create a happier future for needy pets

Step out for pets SUS-150918-101819001

Step out for pets SUS-150918-101819001

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A Sussex charity that provides loving homes for needy and abandoned pets has launched a county-wide appeal to pet lovers to step-out and help raise funds.

A Sussex charity that provides loving homes for needy and abandoned pets has launched a county-wide appeal to pet lovers to step-out and help raise funds.

The Blue Cross charity, which has a rescue centre in the village of Northiam, local pet lovers to lace up their boots, put on their dancing shoes, trainers or wellies to join in their exciting new Steps for Pets fundraising event this October.

The charity is asking local supporters to walk, run, dance, hop, skip or even climb to help reach their target of 10 million steps and raise money for the thousands of sick and homeless pets it cares for in its rehoming centres and animal hospitals.

The appeal is being supported by pet loving Downton Abbey actor, Peter Egan, who said: “Every year, thousands of sick, injured and homeless pets turn to Blue Cross animal hospitals and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.

“ From hamsters to horses, degus to dogs, Blue Cross is there to help pets in need. Steps for Pets is a wonderful way to support this important work.”

To join in with Steps for Pets, all you need to do is commit to taking a certain number of steps, which you can count with your free ‘petometer’ and pledge to raise money for pets.

Steps for Pets will take place from 1-31 October 2015. To sign up and receive your free fundraising pack, including your ‘petometer’ and some fundraising ideas, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/stepsforpets or call 0300 777 1757.

Other celebrity supporters including Ed Sheeran have donated signed shoes for Steps for Pets which will be auctioned to raise funds for Blue Cross in October. Keep an eye on www.bluecross.org.uk for your chance to bid.

Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.

The Blue Cross has set itself a goal to re-home one pet an hour by the end of 2015.

Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.

Last year the leading pet charity helped over 35,000 pets across the country through its network of animal hospitals and rehoming centres. Over 200 pets were by helped/rehoming by the rehoming centre in St Francis Fields, but more pets than ever before are facing an uncertain future and depend on the help of Blue Cross.

Maria Steel, said: “More and more pets are arriving at Blue Cross because they have been abandoned or their owners can no longer look after them. Last year we helped over 8,000 pets through our rehoming centres and this September we are focussing our efforts on spreading the message for pets in need.”

To find out more about the Blue Cross charity and its work visit: www.bluecross.org.uk.

Pictured is TV presenter Stacey Solomon who is supporting the appeal.