Words by Smiley Team
A pet charity has teamed up with three animal-loving celebrities to recreate some timeless images from its heritage in celebration of its 125-year anniversary.
To commemorate 125 years of helping pets and people, Blue Cross has recreated four of its most loved photos dating back to WWII and WWI.
Celebrities Bill Bailey, David Harewood MBE, and Paralympian Lauren Steadman MBE (with her rescue dog Kira) all chipped in to take part.
“We are delighted to share these recreated historic images with our supporters, beneficiaries, and the British public," said Iain Heaton, Deputy CEO and CFO at Blue Cross.
“Since Blue Cross’ formation in 1897, we have been present for both people and pets during key moments in history, and we continue to support them through our veterinary, rehoming and behavioural services to this very day.”
Speaking about taking part, Lauren said: “It was wonderful to have my beautiful dog Kira on set with me to create this image of a WWI nurse treating a wounded dog. Kira is a rescue dog, so I have a huge appreciation for the work that Blue Cross and pet charities do."
Actor Bill Bailey recreated an image of a Pearly King posing with a rescued horse saved from slaughter in the early 1900s.
“It was great fun being a Pearly King for a day, and a fitting way to acknowledge the heritage of the Blue Cross, and to highlight their wonderful support for horses and other animals that has continued to this day," he said.
"Congratulations Blue Cross on reaching your 125 milestone, and a heartfelt thank you for all that you do for both pets and people."
Blue Cross offers many services across the UK, from adoption services and pet education, to supporting families with pet bereavement and leading animal rights campaigns.
“Our job is not done, and we are needed today more than ever," added Iain. "So, as well as celebrating our illustrious heritage, we hope that this campaign helps to drive further awareness and understanding of our cause."
Originally known as ‘Our Dumb Friends League’, Blue Cross was formed in 1897 to help the working horses of London, who were often underfed, struggled to carry heavy loads and became injured on slippery asphalt roads created for new motor vehicles.
Since its launch, the charity estimates it has positively impacted 38 million lives and it plans to help more than 120,000 pets over the next three years through its services.
SUPPORT: Blue Cross relies on the support and donations of pet lovers to continue our vital work, find out more and make a donation.