PPCT and Dogs Trust lay wreath at Animals in War Memorial

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tilly retriever dog animals in war monument

The Trust’s annual Animals in War remembrance service was pared down to a much quieter wreath-laying this year.

adam clowes dogs trust animals in warThe pandemic made it impossible for the many charities and military personnel that are usually present to gather together at London’s Animals in War Memorial. But, it was no less moving for that.  Representing Dogs Trust and Petplan Charitable Trust, Adam Clowes (Dogs Trust Operations Director) laid a wreath on behalf of all animal welfare organisations. He was joined by his dog, Tilly.

The message accompanying the wreath read:

Presented by Dogs Trust and Petplan Charitable Trust on 5 November 2020 on behalf of all animal welfare organisations.
We will never forget the bravery of the animals that served alongside our soldiers in battle.

The Animals in War Memorial in London’s Park Lane was officially opened in 2004 by HRH the Princess Royal. The monument was designed by English sculptor David Backhouse to pay tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.

Each year, on the Friday nearest to Remembrance Sunday, Petplan Charitable Trust organises a special service. Representatives from animal charities all over the UK come to pay their respects.

See images from last year’s ceremony attended by Jilly Cooper CBE and Sir Derek Jacobi.

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