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Happy birthday to The Blue Cross

10 May 2011

The Blue Cross is celebrating its birthday today after 114 years of helping needy animals.

On 10 May 1897 we were officially founded in a small office in south west London and given the name Our Dumb Friends League.

We’ve been helping vulnerable pets ever since and our name was officially changed to The Blue Cross in the 1950s.Blue Cross history

Some of our achievements include buying the first horse ambulance to be used on London’s streets in 1900 and opening Victoria animal hospital in 1906, which was thought to be the first of its kind in the world.

We also launched The Blue Cross Fund to help animals during the war and we were the first animal welfare charity to employ an animal behaviourist to help owners with problem pets.

We now have four animal hospitals and a network of adoption centres, equine centres and pet fosterers across the country.

See the timeline of The Blue Cross from 1897 to today. We don’t receive any government funding so we rely on public donations to fund our work. If you’d like to help, please make a donation today.