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Storm Damage has closed PDSA’s Pet Cemetery: Please help to reopen it

A fierce storm has ripped through PDSA’s Pet Cemetery in Ilford, London, taking with it one of the cemetery’s oldest and tallest trees. The 60ft tree smashed to the ground across historic pet graves.
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Due to the sheer size and scale of the fallen tree,  we have been forced to close the cemetery until removal and repairs can be carried out, which will cost in excess of £3,000. We are asking for your help to contribute towards removing the tree, every penny will make a difference in order to reopen this tranquil and dignified grave yard - a final resting place for over 3,000 pets who passed away between the 1920’s and 1960’s. 

Some of the nation’s animal war heroes are also laid to rest at the cemetery, including 12 recipients of the PDSA Dickin Medal, recognised worldwide as the animals’ Victoria Cross, the highest award any animal can receive whilst serving in military conflict.

Rip was the first recipient of the Dickin Medal to be buried at the cemetery in 1945. As a stray he took to working as a search and rescue dog in World War II in London’s bombed streets. Rip was honoured with the Dickin Medal after finding over 100 victims buried beneath rubble and debris in just one year.

Sadly, as well as closing the pet cemetery, the PDSA Paws Forever Garden, a memorial garden located within the cemetery, has also closed due to the fallen tree. This special place enables owners to commemorate the exceptional bond they shared with a pet who has sadly passed away.

With your help we can reopen the PDSA Pet Cemetery. 

If we reach our target, we will spend any additional donations where the need is greatest on our pet health and wellbeing work.

The adjacent PDSA pet hospital which is funded by voluntary donations is unaffected by the storm damage. 

Thank you for your help, which is very much appreciated.

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We believe that all pets should have access to veterinary care – regardless of their owners’ financial situation. Over 100 years, we’ve helped more than 20 million sick and injured pets – providing life-saving vet care to more vulnerable pets than any other animal charity in the UK today.

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