REMEMBRANCE season is almost here and red poppies will soon be a familiar sight.
But people are also urged to show their respect for the animals who have served the country during times of war past and present.
Special purple poppies are being sold by the charity Animal Aid to wear alongside the traditional red poppies.
Hartlepool animal lover Kath Threlfall, who is also a member of the charity, said: “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.
“I wear mine all year round.”
Animal Aid says animals have been used as messengers, for scouting and rescue, as well as trench companions.
A spokesman said: “Please wear a purple poppy and help us to raise awareness of these forgotten victims.”
The purple poppies come in paper or metal.
Order yours on 01732 364546 or visit www.animalaid.org.uk.