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75 Years of Peace since VE day: In recognition of all the amazing achievements of military personnel and their families, 2 legged and 4! Celebrations at home this year, we look forward to your next visit to our shores! Call for brochure on 01308421521 or visit our website Bring all your pets FREE!

A brief history of the PDSA ‘DICKIN MEDAL’

The close relationship between humans and animals is rarely more profound than in times of conflict.

Throughout history, animals have stood alongside humans in action and shown incredible bravery and devotion to duty when confronted with the horrors of war.

The PDSA founder, Maria Dickin CBE introduced the PDSA Dickin Medal on 2 December 1943, at the height of World War II.

A tireless campaigner for animal welfare, Maria Dickin was determined to raise the status of animals in society

and improve their care. The Medal was instituted to recognise outstanding acts of gallantry and devotion to

duty displayed by animals serving with the Armed Forces or Civil Defence units in any theatre of war, throughout

the world. Regarded worldwide as the animals’ Victoria Cross, the PDSA Dickin Medal is as inspirational and relevant today as it was 75 years ago. It is a fitting tribute to the gallant animals ‘who also served’ and whose remarkable contributions helped save countless lives.

The highest honour any animal can receive, the Medal stands as testament to the Diligent, Resolute, Fearless,

and Relentless qualities shown by animals in action. If you would like to read more about these heroic dogs, please visit the PDSA website.



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