Could your four-legged friend be the next winner of the Blue Cross Medal?

All pet owners know what a huge difference animals make to our lives, and we are launching a nationwide search for ‘tails’ of extra-special pets to find the next winner of our Blue Cross Medal.

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, we want to hear from you.

Nominations could include:

  • someone’s lifeline after the death of, or separation from, their partner
  • child’s best friend
  • fitness motivator
  • soul mate
  • confidence givers
  • working animals
  • bravery stories
  • life changing partnerships / assistance animals

We want to prove that not all heroes wear capes.

How to enter

Nominations are now closed! Keep an eye on this page and our social media to find out the winner of the Blue Cross Medal 2019.

​Judging criteria

Some previous Blue Cross medal winners


Major Methuen of the King's Royal Rifles was awarded the medal for the rescue of horses under shellfire on the battlefield in France.


Jim, a 19 year old cat, saved the lives of his family by waking them up when their house caught fire.


Awarded to Jake, a Metropolitan Police explosives dog, who cleared the scene at the Tavistock Square bus bombing, and walked the tube tunnels at Kings Cross so paramedics had access to the injured.


Daisy, a labrador trained to detect cancer by Medical Detection Dogs, was awarded the centenary edition of the Blue Cross Medal after saving hundreds of lives, including that of her owner, by detecting cancer.


Former rescue dog Bonnie overcame a tough start in life and went on to become an outstanding Pets as Therapy Dog, bringing comfort to hundreds of vulnerable people in her community, from children with fear of dogs to people at the end of their lives.


Romeo was nominated by his loving owner as the five-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross spends a great deal of time visiting stroke patients and residents in care homes, and regularly donates blood to the Royal Veterinary College saving numerous doggie lives. Romeo completely transforms the stereotype for this lovely breed with all the incredible ways he helps out people and other dogs.


A young mastiff called Lemmy won the award after being nominated by his owner for saving the lives of her two sons. Rescue-dog Lemmy brought his young owner Max back from dark depression and suicidal thoughts and turned his life around. A true hero in every sense of the word.