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raised of £25,000 target by 136 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,819 to fund a memorial to the 2 million household pets in the UK who were put down during the course of WW2

    London, UK
    Funded on Thursday, 13th December 2018

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    Help us to fund a memorial to the 2 million household pets in the UK who were put down during the course of WW2

    When Artist and Mudlark Nicola White, found the name tag from the corroded collar of a pet dog called ‘Bonzo’ in the Thames mud in July 2018, she set about trying to find the owner. She had no idea how long it had been there, but. armed with a name and address, she discovered that the mystery ‘Bonzo' (a hugely popular name for dogs at the time) had belonged to a family in south east London during WW2.

    Looking for clues, along the way she had come across a book written by Clare Campbell in 2014 called ‘Bonzo''s War’, which, along with much else, documented the fate of at least 2 million household pets euthanised during the conflict - most of them by panicking owners following misguided official advice.

    Nicola contacted Clare and together they have decided to raise £25,000 for a bronze memorial by sculptor Gill Parker which will be placed in a public place in London, dedicated to the cats, dogs and other household pets who so tragically and needlessly perished. They will not be forgotten.

    The Pets Magazine The Pets Magazine are also keen for us to reach our goal and below you can read the article written for the Independent by Marie Carter-Robb (Editor of the Pets magazine) on the tragedy of the pets in World War 2. Remembering the British 'pet holocaust': WW2's slaughtered cats and dogs

    You can see more about Bonzo's tag and the story of the euthanisation of the pets during WW2 here:-



    • Nicola White2 years ago
      Nicola White

      Nicola White

      2 years ago

      Thank you to everyone who donated to our page to raise money for a memorial dedicated to the pets who were put down during World War 2. I'm delighted to say that we raised just over £2600 and this money will pay for a ceramic plaque to be mounted in the Blue Cross Pet Cemetery in London. I will of course give you more details in due course in order that you can come to the unveiling of it in the Summer - and to let you know exactly what it looks like and where it is. Thank you again to you everyone for your generosity and vision. Nicola

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    • Nicola White3 years ago
      Nicola White

      Nicola White

      3 years ago

      Thank you to everyone who has donated towards this memorial. We are now searching for the appropriate place where the memorial will be situated and as soon as I know where that will be, I will be letting everyone know. I am hugely grateful to everyone who has contributed and will be back in touch soon. best wishes, Nicola

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    • Sally-Ann Williams

      Sally-Ann Williams

      Dec 12, 2018

      The memorial to all the pets needlessly put to sleep is a wonderful and heart warming idea Nicola.


    • Victoria Allen

      Victoria Allen

      Dec 1, 2018

      Love your explorations- after my own heart! I care for my animal friends deeply as if they were my children.


    • Ken Szymkowiak

      Ken Szymkowiak

      Nov 30, 2018

      Hope I'm not too late to donate on behalf of my well-loved, deeply missed dog Buddy Ranger.


    • Anonymous


      Nov 22, 2018

      I really hope you raise your target xxx


    • Anonymous


      Nov 11, 2018

      This is for my Mother and her beloved dog Ponto and cat Pud.It haunted my mother until the day she died that her pets had been put down whilst she was at school.


    • Anonymous


      Oct 16, 2018

      Lovely idea, hope you reach your target.

    • Frederick Sherwood

      Frederick Sherwood

      Sep 28, 2018

      I am mad about Dogs and other Animals, the idea of a memorial is fantastic.


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