A lifetime of care with a Canine Care Card

We know that the bond between you and your four-legged best friend is entirely unique. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could love and care for your dog as much as you do. But we promise we will.

If you become seriously ill or pass away, Dogs Trust will look after your canine companion, help them get back on their paws, and find them a home. 

Ensure your pet is cared for in the future

Follow these simple steps to become a Canine Care Card holder:

Paw Print Choose your Dog Guardian - they can sign your dog over to us if you’re not able to. Make sure it’s someone you trust, like a friend, family member or solicitor. Ask them before you apply, as we'll need their contact details.

Paw Print Complete the online application form - have the contact details of your chosen dog guardian and your dog’s microchip number handy before you begin.

Paw Print Receive you Canine Care Card - when it arrives fill in the details and pop it in your wallet or purse with your other cards, so that it can always be found.

Paw Print Leave instructions in your Will - confirm your wishes in your Will to help ensure they’re fulfilled. We suggest the wording: “It is also my wish that Dogs Trust cares for and/or rehomes my dog at the time of my death”.

We love all dogs. And though we want to be able to care for any dog whose owner has passed away or become seriously ill, there are some cases where this might not be possible. Please take a minute to make sure your canine friend is eligible for the service.

Register for your Canine Care Card

Not ready to apply?

If you don't have all the information needed to hand why not request a reminder email? We'll help to ensure you have everything you need to get started and protect your dog's future.

Request a reminder email

How our Canine Care Card service works

We’ve helped hundreds of dogs through our Canine Care Card service - supporting owners and dog guardians as they help to ensure their dog will be loved and cared for even when they’re not around.

Want to know more about how our Canine Care Card service works, what will happen when your best pal comes into our care, or the restrictions we face? We understand. Take a look at some of the questions we're often asked.

How our Canine Card Service works.

Changing the tale for Max and Wills

Changing the Tale for Max and Wills
First adopted from Dogs Trust in 2014, Max and Wills, both Yorkshire Terriers, lived with their adoring owners until they sadly passed away. Max and Wills’ owners had signed up for a Canine Care Card, and with the help of their family we were able to take the couple’s beloved dogs back into our care. After a short stay at Snetterton rehoming centre, Max and Wills were rehomed together.

Their new owners absolutely adore the pair of them, saying:

“Max and Wills are a blessing and we are very happy that they chose us. They have settled in extremely well and are a joy. They make us smile every day.”  

Start your application for a lifetime of care with our Canine Care Card today.

Request a reminder email

For more information about our Canine Care Card service, and for answers to our most commonly asked questions, please visit our FAQs or call us on 0300 304 6000 (lines are open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) and our dedicated team will be more than happy to talk with you. 

Secure a future for thousands of dogs

Many people who join the Canine Care Card service also decide to leave a gift to Dogs Trust in their Will, as a way of saying thank you for securing the future of their canine companion. Gifts in Wills are crucial to Dogs Trust as they account for over a third of our income and help save the lives of countless dogs.

Leave a gift in your will