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Animal Friends Insurance

Animal Friends

Launched in 1998, Animal Friends are one of the top ten pet insurance providers offering cover for dogs, cats and horses in the UK. By insuring your pet with Animal Friends you’re not only protecting them against the worst but you’re also helping save animals all over the world.

Animal Friends has regularly donated much needed support and funds to Born Free which have been vital in the on-going rescue and rehabilitation of many animals, in particular the Moon Bears in Asia.

Animal Friends are also supporting the development of our Ethiopian Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre, Ensessakotteh, which provides rehabilitation facilities and lifetime care for injured and orphaned animals as well as for wild animals confiscated from illegal trade and ownership. Aside from the sanctuary much of the funding will also be going towards developing the local community and offering much needed help towards education and sustainability in the area.

‘The generosity and loyalty of Animal Friends Insurance knows no bounds. We have been so fortunate to have met Elaine and Chris back in the early days and have been enormously fortunate to have been one of the animal charities they chose to support. Their latest donation will go towards our sanctuary in Ethiopia.  But it is not only with money that they show they care.  They attend events; they are personally involved; they are true friends in every way.’ Virginia McKenna OBE, Founder and Trustee of the Born Free Foundation.

Join Animal Friends

Join Animal Friends today and make use of these great benefits:

  • Over 10 years experience in the pet insurance sector - so they know their stuff!
  • A UK company staffed by a dedicated and knowledgeable team of pet lovers.
  • Everything is done in house, including claims.
  • Offer different levels of pet insurance cover to choose from so there’ll always be a policy to suit customers’ needs.
  • Insurance for pets of any age, from new cats to old dogs. Be warned, many pet insurers won’t insure pets when they reach 5 years old.
  • Offer a choice of payment options. Interest-free monthly direct debit payments, or pay by cheque, credit card or debit card.
  • Pay insurance claims directly into your bank account. They'll even pay your vet directly.
  • Animal Friends is the only pet insurance provider that donates large amounts of profits to animal welfare.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Animal Friends Pet Insurance please visit their website or call 08442 732008.

December 2014 Donation

December 2014 got off to a great start when Animal Friends Insurance Founders Elaine and Chris Fairfax dropped by to make a special festive delivery. Disguised as Father Christmas, Elaine and her two elves – aka Animal Friends staff members Tara Hughes and Steph Carter – surprised the Born Free team with a generous donation of £20,000, bringing the total donated to Born Free over the past four years to £141,941.00.

Following the visit, Animal Friends Insurance Founder and Managing Director Elaine Fairfax said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we have been able to help Born Free with a donation of £20,000 in our Great Christmas Charity Giveaway.  Animal Friends Insurance have now donated £120,000 this Christmas to help animal welfare charities. I’m very proud to continue our commitment to Born Free to help them protect, conserve and care for animals in need.  I’m also extremely honoured to be able to support them with their projects and campaigns, helping hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide.”

December 2013 Donation

December was a generous month for Animal Friends Insurance, not only did they donate £5,000 to Born Free from their November Facebook competition but an extra £2,500 was also donated as a good will gesture from Animal Friends’ Managing Director, Elaine Fairfax.

The money from the Facebook competition, which asked supporters to vote for one of two Born Free projects, our wildlife rescue centre in Ethiopia and our boma work in Kenya, has been split between the two projects, based on the proportion of votes received. In the end it was pretty much neck and neck with our Ethiopia centre receiving £2,650 and our boma work receiving £2,350.

Thank you very much Animal Friends!

Animal Friends Donates £50,000 to Born Free

Animal Friends recently donated £50,000 to Born Free to support their work at Ensessakotteh the wildlife rescue, conservation and education centre in Ethiopia

Congratulations Animal Friends

Congratulations to Animal Friends Insurance who have now donated over £1 million to animal welfare charities worldwide! Their aim has been to donate to charities who work towards better welfare for all the animals that have suffered from cruelty, neglect and suffering. Animal Friends Insurance have supported projects ranging from small local cat and dog homes to large internationally-established organisations that help critically endangered animals.

With many pet owners struggling to make ends meet, some charities have seen over a 50% increase in abandoned animals over the last five years while daily care costs for rescued and abandoned animals are also consistently rising.

Elaine Fairfax, Founder and MD of Animal Friends said “I am absolutely thrilled to have reached our £1 million target. We have been able to help so many really worthy causes, it’s been hugely rewarding for all of us. We could not have been able to reach the one million pound target helping animals along the way if it was not for our policy holders. I know it’s changed the lives of many individual animals that have been saved from a life of despair. We won’t stop there though; we will continue to strive to support as many animal welfare charities as possible. ”

The money donated is generated by the people that take out policies with Animal Friends Insurance. It means every time someone takes out a policy they are donating to charity and helping other animals in need. A huge thank you to everyone that has taken part and supported the challenge.

To find out more please visit

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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