Animals in War - We will remember them


Remembering Animals in War, Past and Present
We vow to make life better for them.

Three charities helping animals affected by war today

War Paws
War Paws aims to alleviate pain and suffering of animals in hostile environments and civil conflict in Iraq.  Buy something from their shop – there are sponsorship gifts for instance or you can donate to their general fund and give towards food, vaccinations and veterinary care.  It is raising money to fund the building, manning, operating and protection of a mobile veterinary hospital in Iraq.  Find out more

Nowzad now has the first animal rescue centre in Afghanistan and a horse/donkey sanctuary too.  There’s a veterinary clinic and a training program for vet students and they are neuter and vaccinate, too. They promote healthy donkey ownership as well. They are probably best known for their efforts to help soldiers who’ve rescued cats and dogs and want to bring their furry friends home with them do exactly that (1,200 so far).  They also have an online shop, and you can send used stamps and old coins in. Find out more



Send your used stamps
to Nowzad
and help animals in

Buy Christmas Cards and help War Paws
Buy Christmas Cards
for £4
and help War Paws
help animals in Iraq


On Armistice Day (11 November) when the two minutes silence takes place at 11am, please spare a thought for all those animals who have died in war and who have been and are today affected by it.   Let us remember them.

Animals in war in the past

Armistice Day - also known as Remembrance Day - gives us an opportunity to remember all those who gave their lives in war, and who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and to thank those who continue to serve and to remember their families as well. 

Animal charities with information about animals serving in war include The Blue CrossThe BrookeSPANA and the National Army Museum.  They all have information about the role animals and horses particularly played. The PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest award any animal can receive whilst serving in military conflict. 

The Animals in War Memorial - We will remember them.

The British, Commonwealth and Allied forces enlisted millions of animals. Horses, mules, donkeys, dogs, pigeons, elephants, camels, oxen, bullocks, cats, rats, canaries and even glow worms.  Many were killed, often suffering from wounds, starvation, thirst, exhaustion, disease and exposure.  ... Wildlife was affected as fighting takes place on their habitats. 

In London's Hyde Park, there's a memorial called Animals in War, pictured right.  It is dedicated to all the animals who served and died alongside the British and Allied forces. One inscriptions reads: "They had no choice."