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 […]

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 […]

Wearing their poppies with pride

With only a few days to go until the first National Animal Day – and despite COVID-19 restrictions – sales of our purple poppy pin badges and knitted poppies are flying off our virtual shelves… and there’s still time to get yours as we have extended our campaign until early Autumn. While we remember horses, […]

Lord Provost to launch National Animal Day in Scotland

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh will this Friday ( August 21) visit the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, Scotland’s most famous and faithful dog to tie a knitted purple poppy on his metal collar ahead of the UK’s first National Animal Day, on Sunday August 23, 2020. Councillor Frank Ross says he is delighted to be […]

Landmark partnership to support equine welfare in UK

We are proud and delighted to announce a working partnership with The Horse Trust, the world’s oldest horse charity, to further the cause of equine welfare. The announcement comes ahead of the first National Animal Day on August 23, which will honour the service of animals in war and provide a lasting legacy for animals […]

Announcing National Animal Day 2020

While we remember horses, mules and donkeys with our purple poppies you have been reminding us that over two world wars tens of thousands of dogs and cats also perished. Their contribution and sacrifice was immeasurable, and yet little is said or done to commemorate the role they played – at home and on the […]

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