Dogs Trust

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Canine Care Card

Our free Canine Care Card means if you pass away or become seriously ill and you’re no longer able to look after your dog, you’ll never have to worry about what’s next for them – because they’ll be safe with Dogs Trust. We will provide the best possible care for your beloved four-legged companion while doing our utmost to find them a loving new home

How our Canine Care Card service works

If you pass away, become seriously ill or move into a care home, you or your Dog Guardian will be able to contact Dogs Trust and arrange for your dog to come into one of our local rehoming centres. Our team of experts will use all the information you give us to get to know your dog, and make sure they stay happy and healthy.

We’ll do all we can to find a responsible, caring new owner for your dog, who can give them all the love and care that you currently do. In the unlikely event that we cannot find your dog a home, we’ll look after them for the rest of their life because we never put down a healthy dog.

We treat every one of our canine residents like a beloved family pet and ensure they get all the loving care they need in our state-of-the-art facilities.

How to apply for a Canine Care Card

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

  1. Choose someone to be your Dog Guardian, so that if you pass away or become seriously ill, they can sign over ownership of your dog to Dogs Trust on your behalf. It should be someone you trust, like a friend, family member, solicitor, neighbour or vet. Please don't forget to ask them first, as you will need to provide us with their contact details.
  2. Complete the online application form. We will review your application and, once approved, we’ll send your free Canine Care Card to you.
  3. Fill in the Canine Care Card when it arrives. It fits in with the rest of your cards in your wallet or purse, so that it can always be found.
  4. We recommend that, if possible, you leave instructions in your Will confirming that you would like Dogs Trust to look after your dog. This will help to ensure that your last wishes are fulfilled. The suggested wording is, “It is also my wish that Dogs Trust cares for and/or rehomes my dog at the time of my death”.

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Find out more

We've answered the most common questions about our Canine Care Card scheme on our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have any other questions regarding our Canine Care Card service, please email us or call our Supporter Relations Team on 0207 837 0006.

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You've made sure your dog will be loved forever, will you help thousands more?

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.

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