Celebrities, including TV stars were invited to Blue Cross for a behind the scenes visit and to meet homeless pets who are looking for new homes.
National animal charity, Blue Cross teamed up with photographer, Rankin for a photoshoot to celebrate the important role pet’s play in our lives. TV stars were invited to spend time behind the scenes at Blue Cross and meet homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and horses for a special set of portraits shot by internationally renowned photographer Rankin.
Celebrities invited to take part in the photoshoot and tour of the charity’s rehoming Centre in Oxfordshire, included Eastenders actress, Michelle Collins and X Factor singer Diana Vickers.
Among the homeless pets that the stars met was two-year old Chihuahua cross Stitch who had been brought into the Centre by the dog warden after he was found wandering the streets.
They also were introduced to horses, Splodge and Emerald, as well as the Blue Cross team and volunteers who look after the animals.
Photographer, 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.”
Comedian Jimmy Carr, actors Anthony and Emily Head, Issac Hempstead-Wright and James Bowen and Bob the Street Cat were also involved in the project.
Sally de la Bedoyere, CEO at Blue Cross said: “The horses, kitten, baby bunny and several of the dogs featured in the portraits were all the ones who arrived at Blue Cross in a time of need.
“Through 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.”