Taking care of the future

Photo of black and white cat Mollie sits on owner Ann's lap and enjoys a fuss
Ann made sure Mollie will always be taken care of.

For peace of mind, Ann registered her cat Mollie on our Pet Peace of Mind service.

Shortly after Ann Bickley’s husband passed away, her beloved cat Mitzy died, leaving her home quiet and empty.

Ann said: “I had to have little Mitzy put down very soon after my husband died, which was a double whammy because I loved them both dearly.”

While they didn’t tell her at the time, Ann’s vets were caring for a stray cat on the day Mitzy died and were struggling to find a home for her. A few days later they called Ann and asked if she would like to go and see the cat, who she named Mollie.

Ann went on to note: “And I said, ‘No, I wouldn’t like to go and see her. Bring her straight here!’

“I asked the veterinary nurse who brought her from the vets, ‘You know I’m 80, do you think it’s fair at my age to take on another little cat?’ and she said, ‘If you only live a year, six months, it’s worth it to her to have a good home’.”

Ann registered Mollie on our Pet Peace of Mind service, giving her the reassurance that her cat Mollie would be loved and cared for by Blue Cross should anything happen to Ann.

“Once you get to my age you think about these things,” said Ann. “And I’d be just devastated if anything happened to her. She is always on the bottom step when I go out to welcome me home.”

A family member contacted the Pet Peace of Mind team to inform us that sadly Ann had passed away. We’re so glad our Pet Peace of Mind service was able to give Ann the comfort that her cat Mollie would always be cared for, even after she had gone.

If you’d like to put your mind at ease, safe in the knowledge that Blue Cross will be there to take care of your pets should they outlive you, registering with our Pet Peace of Mind service might be for you. The service is free, though people sometimes generously leave us a legacy in their Will as a way of saying thank you – a gesture that certainly isn’t essential or expected but much appreciated to help vulnerable pets. 

Legacies make up more than half of our income, so they are invaluable in helping to make sure we can be there for future pets in years to come.