Focus on: Blue Cross

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Blue Cross is a charity based in the UK that has been helping sick, injured, abandoned and homeless animals since 1897.

At Blue Cross they believe in helping pets because they help us.

Pets are at the heart of everything they do. Each year thousands of Cats, Dogs, small pets and horses turn to their animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.


In 1897 A group of animal lovers founded ‘our dumb friends, league,’ the original name of the Blue Cross. This was so they could care for horses on the streets of London.

In 1900 They bought the first Horse Ambulance to be used on London’s streets for £500, so they could transport injured animals to one of their hospitals.

1906. They opened the first animal hospital in Victoria, London.  It was thought to be the only one of its kind in the world. Since then it has NEVER closed its doors, to needy animals.

1912. Blue Cross fund was launched to help animals during the Balkan War and subsequently through WW1 (1914-1918) and WW11 (1939-1945).

By 1945 they were helping servicemen to bring dogs back from overseas.  The Blue Cross, boarding Kennels in Blackheath were used for quarantine purposes.

1958 is when their name changed from ‘our dumb friends, league’ to what we now know as ‘The Blue Cross.’

In 1992 They were the first charity to employ an Animal Behaviourist to help owners with problem pets.

2012 Saw a brand refresh to embrace the changing times and to try and attract more supporters.

2018 The charity had opened 3 new pet care clinics in Luton, Torbay and York.

(Source: Blue Cross)


The vision for the Blue Cross is that every pet will enjoy a healthy life in a happy home.


  • REHOMING:  Finding new homes for abandoned and unwanted pets.
  • VETERINARY: Providing care for poorly pets, when their owners can’t afford Private Treatment.
  • BEHAVIOUR: Help with issues so pets have happy, healthy futures.
  • EDUCATION: The charity give talks and offer advice to future pet owners
  • PET BEREAVEMENT: Support for people struggling to cope, after the loss of a much loved pet.

Every item you purchase from one of our shops goes towards the funding of these services up and down the country.


If you’re looking for a pet, please rescue don’t buy.

This is my daughters rescue Cat called Russell. He is so funny and loveable.

I don’t understand how anyone could abandon him.  He has such a fun character, and so different to my own first two cats that I owned and loved to the age of 23.  I’m sorry to say they came from a pet shop.  Having said that though, times were very different back then.  I will now always rescue a pet, as they deserve it, and can be a lot more loving than others.

For more information on The Blue Cross Click Here

To find your nearest services Click Here

You can find more information on other charities in this series click on the one you are interested in:

Coeliac UK


British Heart Foundation 

Thames Hospice.

Let me know in the Comments if there are other charities you would like me to cover.

Coming up:

Helen and Douglas House

Cancer Research UK

Asthma UK


Forces Support.

These are the charities that are local and important to me. Of course, there are many other charities, so if you would like me to spread the word please note them down in the comments.


11 thoughts on “Focus on: Blue Cross”

    1. No problem, that was the intention of this series, to inform my readers. Glad you enjoyed it. Kaye x

  1. Thanks for great info. I must say they are doing an excellent job and the most amazing thing is that they are doing it since 1897. I strongly recommend people to always prefer these charity homes for their new pet. They deserve your attention the most

    1. I know and Russell proves that every day. Glad you enjoyed the post. I try to Focus On a charity every Friday if I can. Thank You for Reading. Kaye x

    1. Thank You so much for your very kind comments. It’s good to know that people find my musings and information interesting to read. Thank you for the link to all your Social networks, that means a lot. Kaye x

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