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Passion For Pets: Rankin’s Celebrity Portrait Series Inspires Giving Back To Pets In Need

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Passion For Pets: Rankin’s Celebrity Portrait Series Inspires Giving Back To Pets In Need | Hollywood.com
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Photography of a Game of Thrones actor, a feline film star, soap actresses, television royalty, an infamous comedian and even a glimpse of Rankin in front of the camera make up a very special portrait series celebrating the role pets play in our lives.

National pet charity, Blue Cross, has today unveiled a series of ten intimate portraits shot by internationally renowned photographer Rankin.

The series features celebrity supporters of the charity, some with a range of Blue Cross pets, including Jimmy Carr with his own Blue Cross adopted dog, Marnie, Emily Head (Emmerdale) with rescued kitten, Stevie, James Bowen and Bob The Street Cat and Rankin himself with one of the charity’s horses, Splodge.

Other famous faces in the line-up include Miranda Richardson (Blackadder, ITV Girlfriends), Anthony Head (Buffy, Little Britain, Girlfriends), Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It, C4) Michelle Collins (Eastenders) Issac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones) and Diana Vickers (X Factor).

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. I couldn’t resist getting up close and personal for my own photo with Splodge and I hope he has found the new home he deserves, where he will no doubt light up the lives of his new family”.

Sally de la Bedoyere, CEO at Blue Cross said: “We were incredibly excited when Rankin agreed to give up his time to take photos for this portrait series. The images couldn’t be a more fitting and perfect celebration of pets and a clear inspiration of why we need to give back to all those pets in need. The horses, kitten, baby bunny and several of the dogs featured in the portraits were all ones who arrived at Blue Cross in a time of need and we will always be there to give back to pets as they do so much to enrich our lives.”

“Through our 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.”

In speaking about his own Blue Cross adopted dog, who joined Jimmy Carr on the shoot, he said: “Marnie is a rescue dog but be warned, I had a fall in the garden and she just sat there and did f*** all – they call them rescue dogs but they are not exactly the fourth emergency service.”

Miranda Richardson said: “My pets are my constant companions. They are wonderful souls who fill rooms. They are people to love and give you a chance to nurture. I think they have given me skills and I hope I’ve given them some.”

Speaking about the cat who saved him from a life on the streets, James Bowen, said: “Bob truly is my soulmate and the connection we have is like no other. I couldn’t agree more with Blue Cross that pets really do change our lives as we also can change theirs. I can’t imagine my life without Bob by my side. This portrait is a celebration of our relationship and how we are all enriched by our pets in unique and differing ways.”

Blue Cross is a national charity that has been helping sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets for over 120 years. We help thousands of pets in need every month by providing veterinary care, expert behaviour help and find them loving homes. We also offer education for current and future pet owners plus pet bereavement support for those who have lost their pet companion. Pets help us in so many ways and they depend entirely on us, with your support we can give back to more pets in need. Pets change lives. We change theirs. For more information visit bluecross.org.uk.