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Charities team up to help animals in need

The Blue Cross charity has teamed up with fellow animal welfare charity, Mayflower Sanctuary in Doncaster to help needy pets in the area. The announcement will be celebrated at Mayflower’s open day this Saturday (18 August) between 11.30am until 1.30pm.

Opened in June 2003, Mayflower Sanctuary takes care of unwanted dogs and cats from local authorities and the public until they can be found new homes. The sanctuary is the fourth organisation to join The Blue Cross’s welfare associates scheme, which was established to extend the charity’s reach to help pets in areas where there are no Blue Cross animal adoption centres or hospitals.

Mayflower will receive an annual grant of £20,000 from The Blue Cross towards new resources, facilities and training at the sanctuary. The Doncaster charity will also benefit from non-financial support, including the range of ‘All About Pets’ advice leaflets and practical support from The Blue Cross.

The Blue Cross has also announced a new association with Les Amis des Chats, a cat welfare organisation in southern France. The charity’s longstanding ties with France began during the First World War when The Blue Cross offered veterinary aid to French Army horses and dogs on the battlefields of France. Les Amis des Chats are the second French welfare association to receive support from The Blue Cross; a link with the Phoenix Association was announced in 2005.