Could Your Pet be the Next Winner of the Blue Cross Medal?

Nominate your pet for the 2022 Blue Cross Medal

Blue Cross pet charity is calling for stories about hero pets from across the nation as nominations open for the 2022 Blue Cross Medal. Animal lovers across the UK are being encouraged to nominate inspirational pets who could be the next winner of the prestigious medal.

The medal celebrates pets who are changing or saving lives across the UK – with one extra special pet being awarded the winning medal. Entry for nominations is running until Friday 26 August.

Chris Burghes, Blue Cross Chief Executive, says: “The Blue Cross Medal champions all heroic pets – from amazing assistance or therapy pets to every-day household pets who make exceptional companions. If you own or know of a pet that has done something out of the ordinary to change someone’s life, we want to hear from you.”

The idea of the Blue Cross Medal was first conceived in 1917 during World War One and was given to people who helped rescue animals. However, the first time it was presented to an animal specifically was in 1940, to a dog called ‘La Cloche’, for saving his owner from drowning – after a German torpedo hit their ship.

The last Blue Cross Medal winner was Carrots a blind therapy cat who was recognised for his work bringing happiness and comfort to sick patients and their families at a hospice

Other outstanding winners have included a 19-year-old cat called Jim who saved the lives of his family from a fire in 1942, a Labrador called Daisy who trained to detect cancer, a blood donating Staffordshire bull terrier called Romeo, and a young mastiff called Lemmy, who brought his young owner back from depression.

The Blue Cross Medal celebrates all pet heroes, so if you own or know of a pet who has done something amazing to change or even save a life in a big or small way, then get nominating.

To nominate a pet or find out more, visit . 2022 is the 125th anniversary of Blue Cross, originally ‘Our Dumb Friends League’. The charity formed to help vulnerable pets and their owners and we continue this work today across our rehoming, clinical, animal behaviour, pet bereavement support, and educational work. We are striving to be able to help even more pets in the future live healthy lives in happy homes. Blue Cross relies on the support and donations of pet lovers to continue our vital work, to find out more and make a donation visit

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