Blue Cross Horse & Pony Care Competition / Who Are The Blue Cross

Can you help us by rehoming a Blue Cross horse, pony or other animal?  Please make sure you have a look at our animals for adoption at

Blue Cross has been dedicated to helping poorly, injured and abandoned pets since 1897. We opened the world’s first animal hospital in 1906 and since then our doors have never closed to sick and homeless animals. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured – we do what’s needed to give every pet a healthy life in a happy home. We’re a charity, so the more help you give us, the more help we can give pets.

We find homes for unwanted cats, dogs, small pets and horses across the UK and our tailor makde service means we help each pet find the right person for them. Find out more about our rehoming process and why you should adopt a pet from the Blue Cross on our website.

Our four animal hospitals treat sick and injured pets when their owners can’t afford private fees. We’ve also got welfare clinics at some of our rehoming centres and a mobile clinic in London. We treat around 30,000 poorly pets every year.

We help pets that arrive at Blue Cross with behavioural issues and offer ongoing support to anyone who rehomes an animal from us. We’re a leading charity in the pet behaviour field and our team regularly give training courses and lectures.

Our vision is that every pet will enjoy a healthy life in a happy home. We promote animal welfare to the pet owners of the future by giving talks at schools and youth groups. We help current pet owners through a range of free pet advice leaflets, available on our website.

Pet Bereavement
The Pet Bereavement Support Service is available 365 days a year to help people who are struggling to cope with the loss of a pet. Trained volunteers are at the end of a phone line, ready to help. All calls are confidential and free from a landline.

Unwanted horses urgently need short term homes If you want to do something to help with the terrible welfare crisis facing so many horses at the moment, then please consider giving a Blue Cross horse a short term home. This frees up valuable space in our centres so that we can take in more horses who urgently need our help, and could be the perfect solution for you if you have the time and facilities for a horse but you’re not looking for a long term commitment.

We desperately need short term loan homes for:

Youngsters: somewhere they can grow, have handling and then be returned to us to be backed before going to a long term home.

Horses recuperating from illness or injury: these horses need that extra bit of care and attention to bring them back to full health.

Please visit our rehoming pages to have a look at the horses currently looking for short term homes and, if you see one that you’re interested in, fill in a homefinder form.

We also have lots of horses and ponies in need of longer term homes – and you can find out more about them on our rehoming pages too.

Interested in how Blue Cross helps horses? Then booking a free welfare talk could be for you.

Blue Cross has a network of volunteer educational speakers around the UK who are DBS-checked and trained to speak about horse welfare to Pony Club Members.

Talks include information and activities based around real life case studies of horses and ponies that have come into our care, keeping horses happy and healthy and current issues which affect horse’s welfare.

If you would like a speaker to visit your riding school contact or call 0300 777 1995 and we can check the availability of a speaker in your area.

Blue Cross is working hard to improve the welfare of horses and our rehoming centres in Oxfordshire and Staffordshire look after over 150 horses at any one time. With over 600 horses out in loan homes we are committed to giving horses a brighter future. To see out horses and ponies who are in need of a new home go to

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