The Ontario SPCA has unveiled its commemorative Animals in War Pin for 2021, featuring a cat as the symbol to honour the wartime contributions of animals.
Cats served as companions during wartime and kept ships free of vermin.
Created by the Ontario SPCA in 2017, the Animals in War pins are designed to be worn alongside a poppy to remember veterans and the animals who bravely served by their side. The collection includes a horse, a dog, a pigeon, and now a cat, as well as a limited-edition pin in honour of the women who have served in Canada’s military.
Throughout history, animals have been used to support war efforts. Mules carried artillery, horses transported troops and hauled field guns, pigeons delivered crucial messages, and dogs have served as messengers, medical assistants, bomb detectors, and search and rescue workers.
This year’s cat pin is available for purchase for $12 at humane societies across Ontario leading up to Remembrance Day (November 11). Funds from the sale of the pin will help provide care for animals in need and, from each pin sold, $1 will be donated to Royal Canadian Legion branches across Ontario to support veterans.
In Peterborough, you can purchase a pin by visiting the Peterborough Humane Society’s shelter at 385 Lansdowne Street East.
“This Remembrance Day, we invite you to proudly wear an Animals in War pin worn alongside your poppy as a reminder of the courage and sacrifice of our veterans and the animals who gave so much for us,” says Shawn Morey, executive director of the Peterborough Humane Society.
You can also order this year’s pin (and previous years’ pins) online at the Ontario SPCA website.