Puppy paradise as Blue Cross Rehoming Centre in Wherstead opens its doors to the public

Hanna Fox with Rolo at the Blue Cross open day. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Hanna Fox with Rolo at the Blue Cross open day. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Staff and volunteers at an animal rehoming centre in Suffolk were reunited with some old, fluffy friends during its first summer open day.

Imogen Wilkinson makes a slippery friend. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Imogen Wilkinson makes a slippery friend. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

The Blue Cross facility at Bourne Hill in Wherstead welcomed around 1,000 visitors to today’s event, which featured a raffle, children’s activities, charity stalls and a dog show and agility course.

Centre manager Andrew Gillon said: “It went very well and it was phenomenally well supported by the public.

“We have seen a lot of dogs that we have rehomed from the centre and we have been able to meet some of their pups. Lots of people have spoken to us about the cats we have rehomed as well, so it’s been amazing.

“What’s been inspiring is the amount of volunteers who have helped us – we have had around 40 volunteers contributing to making this day an amazing success.”

Chester enjoying a treat. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Chester enjoying a treat. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

The charity opened its Wherstead centre in January last year, relocating from its previous site in Felixstowe where it operated for 40 years.

Owen and Luke Free with Jack. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Owen and Luke Free with Jack. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Rachel Holmes and Leo Shorter with volunteer, Lucy Webb, in the operating theatre. Picture: NIGEL BR

Rachel Holmes and Leo Shorter with volunteer, Lucy Webb, in the operating theatre. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Emily Stockings with Charlie. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Emily Stockings with Charlie. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Alexia Dempsey-Gray with Pucci. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Alexia Dempsey-Gray with Pucci. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

Jasmin Naunton with Willow. Picture: NIGEL BROWN

Jasmin Naunton with Willow. Picture: NIGEL BROWN - Credit: Archant

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