Animal rehoming charity Blue Cross has announced with ‘regret’ that it has entered into consultation with 110 employees whose jobs have been placed at risk of redundancy.

Blue Cross has rehoming centres across Oxfordshire, including in Lewknor and Burford, with charity shops all over the county.

The charity has explained it is not ‘immune’ to the effects of the pandemic and is struggling financially.

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Spokesperson for Blue Cross, Chris Burghes, said: “The reality is we need to make £1 million worth of savings in 2021. We also need the right structure in place to ensure we are best placed to fulfil our three-year strategy to help more pets and people who need our help across the UK.

"We know this will be a difficult and unsettling time for those affected. Their wellbeing is of the highest priority to us.”

Blue Cross has also highlighted that it is thankful for its dedicated staff that have enabled the charity to rehome 4,831 animals and treated more than 32,000 pets over the past 12 months.

The animal charity has assured staff they will be ‘fully supported’ and reassured supporters and colleagues while the consultation process is taking place, the charity will still be carrying out all of its vital services and support for pet owners.