PEOPLE who will be remembering the heroes who lost their lives fighting for their country are being urged to spare a thought for animals who also died at war.
Animal lover Kath Threlfall, 72, says animals played a big part in helping humans in wars of the past and is urging people to also pay their respects to the “voiceless”.
Kath, who is a member of Animal Aid, is urging residents to buy a purple poppy in memory of the animals that lost their lives at war.
The retired secretary who lives in Tunstall Avenue, in Hartlepool, with her husband Ian, 68, a retired police officer, said: “It’s absolutely dreadful all the people who have died in wars and I want to stress that.
“It must be so difficult for loved ones, you can’t begin to imagine what they go through and it’s lovely that we remember these heroes.”
“But we also need to remember the voiceless who died in service to humans.
“Animals have played a big part helping the human race and some of them died horribly in wars.
“I think a bit of respect should be paid to them as well.”
Kath, a mum of Martyn, 38, wears her purple poppy with pride all year round.
And she is encouraging town residents to buy a poppy, and in the process help to support Animal Aid, a charity which campaigns against all forms of animal abuse.
“The work Animal Aid do is quite fantastic,” added Kath.
“Any money they get helps them with the work they are doing, which is helping animals that are living now.
“A lot of animal cruelty never ever reaches the ears of the public.
“Animal Aid is working to cut that cruelty out.”
To buy a purple poppy visit www.animalaid.org.uk.