Julie’s lockdown poppies

Julie Hillier got in touch to say our National Animal Day, to remember the service and sacrifice of animals in war and support animals in need, had inspired her to paint these beautiful purple poppies for us. She explains: “I’m not very exciting! I am a total novice and amateur! I live in Hampshire. I’ve […]

Medal for hero dog Kuno

Today we honour a military dog who charged through enemy gunfire to save the lives of British soldiers fighting al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and is to be awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. During a raid, the Belgian Malinois named Kuno tackled a gunman and was hit by bullets in both back legs. After […]

Patrick Celebrity Pony

We are very excited to announce that our celebrity pony Patrick is starring in his very own children’s book…The Adventures of Patrick The Pony: The Ten Ducklings, is about his adventures in the village of Cockington. The ten ducklings go missing, Patrick reasures mother duck he will help find them for her. As the book […]

Greetings from Tuscany

Susan Leyland, our acclaimed sculptor who created our wonderful War Horse, Poppy lives in Italy and, because of COVID-19 restrictions, was unable to join us for National Animal Day. However she was determined to take part and remembered the role horses particular have played in war, by pinning purple poppies on the bridles of these […]

Lest we forget

All over the UK and abroad people (and their pets and animals) have been wearing their purple poppies with pride in support of National Animal Day. Over the coming days we will share the pictures that you have sent us. And we start with three iconic images – the first of Poppy, our wonderful War […]

Hero Horse No 19 – Oscar

The dedicated team at The Horse Trust have nominated gentle giant Oscar, who sadly died earlier this month, to our hall of fame. Oscar arrived at The Horse Trust in December 2019 after an impressive 13 years’ service as an officer’s charger for the Household Division. Oscar, a striking 17.2hh Irish Sport Horse, was described […]

Australia celebrates with us

Our Australian Ambassador Nigel Allsopp has placed a purple poppy wreath at the Army Veterinary Corps War Animal Memorial in Queensland to commemorate our first National Animal Day. Nigel, who was ANZAC of the year 2017-18 and Australia Day Citizen of the Year 2019 is also President of AWAMO, the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation, […]

Canterbury Horse

We feel so honoured and blessed that The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis conducted a service of commemoration in the shadows of our giant Canterbury Horse to remember animals in war and animals in need. It was ahead of today’s first National Animal Day and was organised by our wonderful […]

Boris to launch National Animal Day

We are delighted to report that Boris the Brave has agreed to become poster boy for the first National Animal Day this Sunday (August 23, 2020)… With his mane of blond hair, his intent gaze, inquiring mind, Romanesque nose and his ability to stay calm in the face of persistent danger, we decided him the […]

Partnership to support Donkey welfare in UK announced

The Donkey Breed Society and the founders of War Horse Memorial are announcing a working partnership to further the cause of donkey welfare through a programme of education and support. The announcement comes ahead of the first National Animal Day on Sunday (August 23, 2020), which will honour the service of animals in war and […]

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