Two wreaths were laid today at London’s Animals in War Memorial in memory of the animals who have served and died in conflicts around the world.
Director of Dogs Trust, Karen Reed, laid the wreaths on behalf of animal welfare charities and Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT).
Karen was accompanied by a Dogs Trust rescue dog called Seal (pictured left).
“This monument is a powerful reminder of all the animals that have served, suffered and died in wars and conflicts around the world,” she said.
“Being here with Dogs Trust rescue dog Seal today, representing not just Dogs Trust but all of the other animal welfare organisations and Petplan Charitable Trust, is a huge honour.
“It’s been a very moving morning, thinking about the enormous contribution made by our four and two-legged animal friends over the years.”
The event has taken place annually since 2004, when the memorial – designed by English sculptor David Backhouse – was unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal. Each year, on the Friday nearest to Remembrance Sunday, PPCT organises a special service to commemorate the horses, mules, donkeys, dogs, pigeons and other animals who have served the country in wartime, and animal charities come to pay their respects.
Images courtesy Dogs Trust
See below for images from our 2019 service. All 2019 images courtesy Wayne Jones Photography.