Pet charity calling Cambridgeshire’s animal heroes

Pet charity Blue Cross Cambridge is on the lookout for the nation's most paw-roic pets and is calling on the people of Cambridgeshire to nominate their four-legged friends. ANL-140703-111538001
Pet charity Blue Cross Cambridge is on the lookout for the nation's most paw-roic pets and is calling on the people of Cambridgeshire to nominate their four-legged friends. ANL-140703-111538001
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Pet charity Blue Cross Cambridge is on the lookout for the nation’s most paw-roic pets and is calling on the people of Cambridgeshire to nominate their four-legged friends.

The leading pet charity, which was founded in 1897 and cares for over 8,000 homeless animals every year, has reinstated a special edition of its historic Blue Cross medal to mark the 1914 centenary. It is now searching for modern-day pets in shining armour that have done something amazing.

Alan Maskell, manager at Blue Cross rehoming centre on Newmarket Road, said: “Animals have made such a positive difference to the lives of people throughout history, and continue to do so to this day. We’re looking for pets with an extraordinary tale to tell, be it whiskered warriors, courageous canines or even heroic horses!”

Blue Cross, which was originally founded to help working horses in London, played an important role providing front line veterinary care to horses during World War One and in 1918 awarded a number of medals to honour horses which had served in the war.

Alan adds: “Not only will our special edition Blue Cross Medal commemorate our history on the battlefield, but it will also recognise the important role animals play in our lives today. We’d love to hear from anyone in the area who thinks their companion could be crowned the nation’s most heroic pet.”

The Blue Cross Medal is open to pets that have done something brave, life changing partnerships, assistance animals or serving or working animals. Deadline for entries is 01 September 2014. To find out more visit www.bluecross.org.uk/medal.