Do you know a pet hero?

Help us find the next recipient 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, we want to hear from you.

Nominations could include:

  • serving or working animals
  • bravery stories
  • life changing partnerships / assistance animals

How to enter

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

Deadline for entries is 31 October 2016 and the winner will receive a specially commissioned Blue Cross Medal based on those given in the past.

*The 2016 Blue Cross Medal is now closed

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

​Judging criteria

Brindle Staffie-whippet cross Bonnie proudly wears her Blue Cross medal

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.

— Page last updated 2/11/2016