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TV stars were invited to spend some time behind the scenes of Blue Cross’s rehoming centre in Burford, Oxfordshire, meeting homeless cats, dogs, rabbits and horses.

The event was part of a special photoshoot shot by internationally renowned photographer Rankin. Rankin teamed up with the national charity to shoot a range of portraits aimed at celebrating the important role pets play in people’s lives and to encourage people to think about rehoming an animal from Blue Cross.

Celebrities on the tour included TV stars Michelle Collins, Miranda Richardson and Joanne Scanlan and X Factor singer Diana Vickers.

Miranda Richardson and a Blue Cross dog. Credit: Rankin
Michelle Collins and Stitch for Blue Cross pet charity. Credit: Rankin

One of the homeless hounds they met was two-year-old Chihuahua cross Stitch who had been brought into Burford Blue cross by the dog warden after he was found wandering the streets as a skinny and nervous stray.

The group also met the Blue Cross team and volunteers during their tour and Rankin even got in front of the camera for a selfie with Splodge, a rescued horse.

Rankin with Blue Cross horse Splodge

Rankin said, “Pets change our lives. I know mine certainly have and that is why I wanted to join forces with Blue Cross and their famous friends and through this series of unique portraits, inspire people to give back to pets in need for the amazing, enriching and wonderful roles pets play in our lives.

“I couldn’t resist getting up close and personal for my own photo with Splodge and I hope he has found the new home he deserves, where he will no doubt light up the lives of his new family.”

Anthony Head and Emily Head with Blue Cross rabbit. Credit: Rankin

Speaking of her own special bond with her pets after meeting the animals at Burford, Miranda Richardson said, “My pets are my constant companions. They are wonderful souls who fill rooms. They are people to love and give you a chance to nurture. I think they have given me skills and I hope I’ve given them some.”

Jimmy Carr and Blue Cross dog Marnie. Credit: Rankin
Issac Hempstead Wright with his family dogs for Blue Cross pet charity by Rankin

Sally de la Bedoyere, CEO at Blue Cross said, “We were incredibly excited when Rankin agreed to give up his time to take photos for this portrait series. The images couldn’t be a more fitting and perfect celebration of pets and a clear inspiration of why we need to give back to all those pets in need.

“The horses, kitten, baby bunny and several of the dogs featured in the portraits were all ones who arrived at Blue Cross in a time of need and we will always be there to give back to pets as they do so much to enrich our lives.

“Through our rehoming, low-cost veterinary, behavioural and pet bereavement services we know acutely how rich the roles are pets play in our individual and family lives and that is why we need to be there for them when they desperately need our help.”

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