Sally de la Bedoyere, Blue Cross Chief Executive and one of the judges for last year’s medal, said: “The Blue Cross medal is our way of honouring the amazing connection we have with our pets – the winner’s story could be as simple as a pet that has changed someone’s life with the bond they share, or as dramatic as a daring rescue. Our pets can be heroes for all sorts of reasons and we want to hear your stories about the ways that they have made a difference.”
Previous winners include inspirational rescue dog turned Pets as Therapy dog, Bonnie, who spent years helping vulnerable people in her community and amazing Medical Detection dog, Daisy, who detected cancer in her owner, as well as hundreds of others.
The Blue Cross Medal was reinstated in 2014 to mark the centenary of the First World War when it first awarded a number of medals to honour horses which had served in the war.
Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897 and the charity played an important role providing front line veterinary care to horses during World War One.
The Blue Cross Medal is open to pets that have done something brave, life-changing partnerships, assistance animals and serving or working animals. Deadline for entries is 31 October 2016. To nominate a pet and find out more, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/medal.