The celebs backing the Blue Cross
Celebrities meet homeless pets at a behindthe-scenes visit to Blue Cross in Burford
TV stars Miranda Richardson and Joanna Scanlan met homeless cats, dogs, rabbits and horses during an exclusive behind the scenes visit to Blue Cross for a special set of portraits 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.
Eastenders star Michelle Collins and X Factor singer Diana Vickers also took part in the photoshoot at Blue Cross’s rehoming centre in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Burford in Oxfordshire.
The stars met a variety of animals waiting for new homes at the centre including dogs, cats and kittens, chinchillas, rats, mice and horses.
Among the animals the stars 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 and horses Splodge and Emerald, who came into the rehoming centre separately after they were found fly-grazing.
The group also met the Blue Cross team and volunteers who look after the animals during a tour of the centre and its facilities.
Rankin himself even got in front of the camera for a selfie with Splodge and later shared the shot on his personal Instagram account.
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”.
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.”
Comedian Jimmy Carr, who adopted Yorkshire Terrier Marnie from Blue Cross’s rehoming centre in Lewknor, Oxfordshire in 2016; actors Anthony and Emily Head, Issac Hempstead-wright and James Bowen and
Bob the Street Cat were also involved and were photographed for the project at Rankin’s studios in London. 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.”