Do you know a pet hero?

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 hero pets, 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/separation from 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

Complete the nomination form below and attach your citation and any supporting material online. A panel of judges including our Blue Cross Chief Executive will decide a winner.

Deadline for entries is Sunday 4 February 2018 and the winner will receive a specially commissioned Blue Cross Medal based on those given in the past.  Two runner-up prizes will be awarded.


Rules of entry

  • Pets nominated can be either companion, working, service or therapy animals and must be a species rehomed by Blue Cross
  • Pets nominated must be based in the UK
  • Handlers nominating serving dogs will need the written permission of their Commanding Officer
  • Nominations not made by the owner will need the written permission of the owner
  • Up to two supporting statements may be attached if desired
  • Entries can include supporting material including media cuttings
  • Entries can include supporting material including media cuttings and photos of your pet
  • By entering your nomination you agree for it to be used in Blue Cross marketing to promote the charity and its work
  • By entering your nomination you agree to media activity about you and your pet; this may include but not limited to; being asked for interviews with journalists for papers, appearing on TV or radio, you and your pet’s photos to appear in media, etc.

​Judging criteria

Some previous Blue Cross medal winners

1917

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

1942

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

2007

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.

2014

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.

2015

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.

2016

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.

— Page last updated 18/09/2017