Pets into Care Scheme

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.

Read why Ann’s registered her beloved cat Mollie on 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?

Dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, rabbits, chinchillas, degus, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats. Applications to the scheme are considered on a case by case basis. In addition to considering your application form, we may need to discuss your application with your vet.   To be registered onto the scheme, dogs, cats, horses and donkeys must be microchipped and registered to you as their owner.  In addition, for horses we must receive a copy of the ownership page of their horse passport.  This helps us to bring the correct pets into our care. If microchipping is not appropriate on vet advice, please provide details of this advice, a date when microchipping will be possible and a photo of your pet. 

How many pets can I register on the scheme?

Up to four pets per household can be registered at any one time.

How much will it cost?

The service is free of charge but you may like to consider leaving us a legacy in your Will or making a donation.

Do I have to live near a Blue Cross centre?

No, the service is available to anyone living in England, Scotland and Wales.

How will my pet be transported to Blue Cross?

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.

Will my pet be adopted or kept by Blue Cross?

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.

What happens if my pet is unwell when they are due to come to Blue Cross

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.

What should I do if I get a new pet?

A new application will need to be submitted for each additional pet.

How do I ensure my wishes take effect?

We will confirm within ten working 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.

How do I register my pet?

To register your pet for our Pets into Care Scheme:

— Page last updated 26/08/2016