PDSA behind unique ‘hero animals’ ebooks

PDSA behind unique ‘hero animals’ ebooks
Judy was the only dog ever listed as a PoW in Japan.

Vet charity PDSA commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on August 15 by issuing a series of free ebooks to commemorate the hero animals that helped save countless lives during World War II.

The books tell the stories of those animals that received the PDSA Dickin Medal, which is known as the animals’ Victoria Cross.

Among those who received the honour was English Pointer, Judy, who was the only dog ever to be listed as a PoW in Japan, where she helped to maintain morale among her fellow prisoners and saved many lives through her intelligence and watchfulness.

The Medal was instituted by the PDSA’s founder, Maria Dickin, with the approval of the War Office and Imperial War Museum, to raise the status of animals and acknowledge the remarkable roles they play in society. It was first awarded to a messenger pigeon named Winkie on December 3, 1943.

PDSA’s awards and heritage manager, Amy Dickin, said: “Throughout history, animals have made an extraordinary difference to the lives of so many, not only the men and women who serve, but also civilians who our military are protecting. Sharing the stories of these incredible animals this VJ Day is a great way to celebrate the incredible, life-saving role animals have played throughout history, and continue to play today.”

Download the free PDSA Dickin Medal e-books here.