Pets into Care scheme
What will happen when I'm gone?
Many people worry about what will happen if their pets outlive them. If you feel there’s no-one you can ask to take on your companion, our Pets into Care scheme might be for you.
By registering your pets in our Pets into Care scheme you will have peace of mind they will be taken care of and placed into new homes by Blue Cross.
How do I register my pet?
To register your pet for our Pets into Care scheme:
Frequently asked questions
Many people interested in our Pets into Care scheme have the same questions, so we've put a list of the most frequently asked questions together for you to look through. If you can't find the question you're looking for, please get in touch through our standard contact us form.
- What pets qualify for the scheme?
- How many pets can I register on the scheme?
- How much will it cost?
- Do I have to live near a Blue Cross centre?
- How will my pet be transported to Blue Cross?
- Will my pet be adopted or kept by Blue Cross?
- What happens if my pet is unwell when they are due to come to Blue Cross?
- What should I do if I get a new pet?
- How do I ensure my wishes take effect?
Dogs, cats and small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters etc). Unfortunately we don’t have the facilities for exotic species or fish. We consider horses on a case-by-case basis.
To be registered on the scheme, all pets should be microchipped for identification purposes. Microchipping provides pets with a unique identification number which is especially useful to Blue Cross when we are called upon to collect and admit pets into the scheme.
Please consider microchipping your pets, and in the meantime provide Blue Cross with photographs of your pets along with your application forms to help us correctly identify them. Find out more about microchipping.
Up to four pets per owner can be registered at any one time. If you have more than four pets we'll consider this on your application but cannot guarantee that all will be accepted onto the scheme.
No, the service is available to anyone living in England, Scotland and Wales.
We will liaise with the executor of your Will to arrange safe transportation and admittance of your pets into our care. If we need to collect your pet, we will not charge for this.
We’ll do our best to find your pet a loving home. They’ll be subject to Blue Cross policies and procedures, including neutering, vaccination, microchipping, rehoming or fostering and, where it becomes necessary on health grounds, euthanasia. We will never put a healthy animal to sleep just because it has no home.
We’ll honour the agreement we’ve made with you but we may need permission to approach your vet for more information. We ask you to keep us advised of any significant changes to your pet’s health or behaviour.
A new application will need to be submitted for each additional pet.
We will confirm within 7 days of receiving your application whether or not your pets are registered onto the scheme. Once registered, we will provide you with a clause that can be inserted into your Will or codicil. Your executor will be the person responsible for carrying out your wishes and we recommend you inform them of the arrangements you have made with us and the contact details of our legacy team.