Pet Guardian Care Scheme

Many people worry about what will happen if their pets outlive them, or if they are no longer able to look after their pets due to long-term incapacity or moving into a care home. If you feel that there is no-one you can ask to take on your pet in these circumstances, our Pet Guardian Care Scheme might be for you.

By registering your pet, or pets, into our Care Scheme you will have peace of mind that they will be taken care of and placed into new a home(s) by the ManxSPCA.

As part of the Pet Guardian Care Scheme we will do everything we can to ensure that your pet is settled into a happy home, with loving, suitable owners, when you are no longer able to care for him/her yourself.

What pets qualify for the scheme?

Dogs, cats, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and gerbils, fish and small exotics. Other pets may be considered on a case by case basis.

How many pets can I register on the Care Scheme?

Up to four pets can be registered at any one time.

How much will it cost?

The service is free of charge, but please remember that the Society is reliant upon donations to provide its services and that it does not receive Government funding. We would be grateful if you could consider remembering the ManxSPCA in your Will, but THIS IS NOT a requirement for registering on the Care Scheme.

How do I ensure my wishes are followed?

Once you have completed the registration process, detailed below, you should advise your relatives and friends of your wishes; and if you have carers and/or executors you should also advise them.

What will happen when my pet is placed onto the Care Scheme?

The Society will do its best to find your pet a loving home, in as short a time as possible. Your pet may come into the Society’s rehoming centre, Ard Jerkyll, or be placed in a home on a temporary basis with a Pet Guardian. The Society will then do its bets to find a permanent adoptive home, and provide appropriate advice and support to the new owners.

How do I register my pet?

  1. You will need to complete an application form for each pet. These forms are available from the ManxSPCA, Ard Jerkyll, East Foxdale, Isle of Man, IM4 3HL; or you can request one by calling 851672 or e-mailing
  2. Once the ManxSPCA has received your application form(s) you will be sent a Care Scheme Card that you should keep safe. The card will carry your name and your pet’s name, and instructions about how to inform the ManxSPCA in the event of an emergency.
  3. Your details will be held securely by the ManxSPCA, and not shared with any third party.