Bob Harvey’s Legacy Lives On: Award Created to Protect Elderly Owners and Their Pets

Bob Harvey’s Legacy Lives On: Award Created to Protect Elderly Owners and Their Pets

Bob Harvey, an elderly pensioner, faced a heart-wrenching decision after the death of his wife, Margaret.


They had moved into a “pet friendly” care home in Borders with their beloved dog, Darcie, as Margaret battled dementia.

However, after Margaret’s passing, a new management team at the home insisted that Darcie could no longer stay, leaving Bob with the choice of living alone or finding a new place to live with his cherished companion.

A Heartbreaking Choice

Bob and Margaret’s decision to move into a care home with Darcie brought them comfort during difficult times.

Margaret’s dementia made it essential to have their loyal pet by their side, providing much-needed emotional support.


The bond between Bob, Margaret, and Darcie became a beacon of hope for many facing similar challenges.

A Fight for Their Bond

The news of Bob and Darcie being forced to separate sparked outrage across the nation.

Over 300,000 people signed a petition to allow them to stay together at the care home.

However, the home’s new management team remained firm in their decision, forcing the 87-year-old Bob to leave with Darcie and seek alternative accommodation.

A Tribute to Bob Harvey

In memory of Bob Harvey and the emotional turmoil he endured, the East Lothian charity Fostering Compassion and the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) have collaborated to introduce the Bob Harvey Award.


This award aims to recognize care facilities that go above and beyond in supporting the profound connection between people and their pet companions.

Honoring the Human-Animal Bond

Lesley Winton, the founder of Fostering Compassion, was instrumental in raising awareness about Bob’s plight and helping him secure a private rental home with Darcie.

She emphasizes the importance of acknowledging the strength of the human-animal bond, especially for older individuals who may find solace in their animal companions during challenging times.

Encouraging Compassion

The Bob Harvey Award seeks to encourage, support, and recognize care homes, facilities, hospitals, or hospices that prioritize preserving the human-animal bond during significant life changes and transitions.

The award not only honors Bob’s memory but also serves as a reminder of the vital role that pets play in the lives of their owners, particularly in the later stages of life.



Bob Harvey’s story touched the hearts of many, shedding light on the significance of the human-animal bond, especially for the elderly.

The Bob Harvey Award stands as a symbol of compassion and empathy, inspiring care facilities to adopt pet-friendly policies and create an environment where both residents and their beloved animal companions can thrive together.

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