With only two weeks left before nominations close, animal lovers are being encouraged to name inspirational pets for this year’s Blue Cross Medal.
In previous years the award has been aimed at working pets such as guide and police dogs, therapy pets and pets who have saved lives. But this year the animal charity is opening the medal up to more nominees and hopes to hear about everyday pet heroes who are changing lives. This includes guinea pigs who give children confidence, dogs helping you get fit and cats who’re there to listen.
The decision to widen the search this year shows that pets are more than just pets. They can be best friends, family, motivators and help people through difficult times such as loneliness.
Last year the medal went to five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, Romeo, who was nominated by his owner for his time spent visiting stroke patients and residents in care homes. Romeo also regular donates blood to the Royal Veterinary College and turns the stereotype of his breed on its head.
Sally de la Bedoyere, Blue Cross Chief Executive, said, “With the Blue Cross Medal we want to honour the amazing things pets do for us and how they change our lives. If you know a pet that has made an incredible rescue and saved a life, or if someone’s cat, horse or rabbit is their hero just by being a friend, helping them through life’s challenges, then we want to hear from you. Please send in nominations about how your pets have made a difference to yours or someone else’s life; as after all not every hero wears a cape.”
Nominations close on 4 February. To nominate and find out more, visit the Blue Cross website.