Save Blue Cross Lewknor Rehoming Centre

Save Blue Cross Lewknor Rehoming Centre

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Georgina Heritage started this petition to Chris Burghes (CEO, Blue Cross)

Devastating news was recently announced that Blue Cross Lewknor Rehoming Centre has been proposed for closure, due to financial constraints of the national Blue Cross charity.

The belief of Blue Cross Head Office appears to be that the physical rehoming site requirements of Lewknor's region can be met by the Burford centre, in the Cotswolds.

I firmly believe the rehoming services and aftercare offered by the Lewknor centre have vital importance. They ensure the highest quality of care to homeless pets, and are highly valued by our local communities. The centre in Lewknor covers the needs of a wide area (South Oxon, Bucks, Berks and West London) that Burford would certainly struggle to fulfill. And for our local fosterers, Burford is too distant to offer the level of support that Lewknor provides, especially with complex foster cases.  Furthermore and very importantly, Lewknor is the closest rehoming centre to the Blue Cross hospitals in London. 

Blue Cross's apparent strategy to expand their remote services but reduce their physical rehoming facilties is, in my opinion, a move is fraught with problems. It will not offer the same level of support to the people who use its services or the animals in the charity's care. I also believe public donations and legacies to the charity as a whole will decrease, as most people have the rehoming centres in mind when they donate to Blue Cross.

I appreciate that charity funding has been hit by the effects of covid.  However it's my belief that Blue Cross hasn't considered the wider implications of closing this ideally located rehoming centre, or fully explored alternative cost saving strategies.

It's anticipated that a record number of pets will be given up for rehoming as people return to work this year. Now, more than ever, we need Lewknor Rehoming Centre to remain open and offer vital support to pets in need.

The staff at Lewknor - the dedicated, skilled team on the front line of Blue Cross work - are involved in various consultation processes. They are therefore unable to discuss or respond to this devastating news. As a volunteer I have taken it upon myself to speak on their behalf.

I've always been proud to be part of the work of Blue Cross and I implore Head Office to reconsider this closure proposal.

Please sign this petition to let Head Office know how much Lewknor's work means to us and how important its survival is.

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