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New ‘Pet Cards’: The wallet essential you shouldn’t be without!

New ‘Pet Cards’: The wallet essential you shouldn’t be without!

Co-op Funeralcare has launched new ‘Pet Cards’ as a means of raising awareness of pets that may be home alone in the case of something happening to the owner...

With the UK pet population reaching around 57 million*, the wallet sized card is used to inform of who should be contacted if the owner were to become ill or injured and ensures any four legged, furry or feathered friends are looked after.

The new concept was initially thought up by Co-op Funeral Arranger, Bridgette Perks, when she became mindful that a lot of her clients were worried about what would happen to their pets if ever they didn’t come home. Rather than direct them to rescue or re-homing centres, Bridgette took it upon herself to start creating ‘Pet Cards’ for the local residents of Armthorpe.

Bridgette’s idea proved to be a success, leading to Co-op Funeralcare rolling them out nationwide. The complimentary cards will be distributed in local communities as the nation is urged to take the simple precautionary measure to ensure their domestic companions are never left alone.

Bridgette Perks, Funeral Arranger for Co-op Funeralcare commented: “When speaking to members of the local community, I came to realise that I wasn’t the only one who’d ever considered who would look after my pet if anything ever happened to me.

“As such, I thought the ‘Pet Card’ was the perfect solution to put minds at rest and I’m thrilled that they’re being distributed nationwide.’’

Helen Chandler, Head of Funeral Operations for Co-op Funeralcare, commented: “At Co-op Funeralcare, we always support our colleagues in any way we can so when we heard about Bridgette’s great idea there was no doubt that we wanted to roll it out in our Funeral homes across the UK.

“We’re always keen to find new ways to support the local community and the introduction of ‘Pet Cards’ will hopefully offer piece of mind to those who need it.’’

David Hampson, Head of Pet Insurance at Co-op added: “Pets are often considered to be one of the family and the thought of them being left alone can be concerning to say the least. Carrying a ‘Pet Card’ is a simple solution to ensure any pet is made aware of if anything were to happen to the owner.

“We want to help customers to take responsibility for their pet’s well-being and this is a great way to ensure your pet will get the care it needs in the case of an emergency.’’

To find out more, visit the Co-op Funeralcare website.

*Latest available estimated figures from the Pet Food Manufacturers' Association (PFMA).