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, and we are proud to have him on the team.
Nearer home you have been keen to show your support too… four-year old Amber is pictured with her much loved donkey Missy, and Sam and Natalie took one of our knitted poppies to place on the stone monument of Dick Whittington’s cat at the foot of Highgate Hill, in London. Also pictured are Tess, Monarch and Annie, our first Horse Ambassador, who lives with Kirk, Hannah and the girls in Torquay.
As you know we have designated August 23 National Animal Day, to remember the service and sacrifice of animals in war and to support today’s animals in need. We are delighted that many animal rescue centres, sanctuaries, welfare trusts and charities want to join with us, using the purple poppy emblem as a way of raising awareness and much needed funds. We believe that next year – when we are able to get the message out to a much wider audience – UK animal lovers everywhere will want to wear their purple poppy badges with pride.
Please keep sending in your photos – we love to share them with our wonderful supporters and volunteers. And, it’s not too late to get your badges, or one of our knitted poppies for your beloved animals to wear on their collars too. We have extended our campaign until, early Autumn and, thanks to kind-hearted knitters from across the UK and the Commonwealth, we are also able to offer three sizes of knitted poppies suitable for equines, dogs and cats. Visit our SHOP to find out more.