Our centenary: 100 years of PDSA

Last year we celebrated a very special milestone - 100 years of treating sick and injured pets. Since our first hospital opened in 1917, we've treated millions of pets right across the UK and provided a lifeline for families in need.

We've achieved a huge amount in the last 100 years but we've only just begun! As we celebrate our past we're also looking to the future and we're asking you to be a part of it - by donating, fundraising or joining us at one of our special events.

However you get involved, you'll be helping us build a brighter future for sick and vulnerable pets.

Watch the story of PDSA:

A century of saving pets and changing lives:

Our History

We've achieved a lot in the last 100 years, from saving pets during the Blitz to setting up the UK's first pet slimming club. Explore our history with our interactive timeline. 

See our history

PDSA Today

Saving, protecting and healing pets has been our mission for 100 years. Find out about our modern day Pet Hospitals and our team of lifesaving vets. 

What we do

Our Future

Our Manchester Pet Hospital is one of the UK’s busiest pet A&E services, but it's now at breaking point. With your help, we can build a brighter future for Manchester's pets

See our plans

A special Centenary PDSA Dickin Medal for Mali

We’re thrilled to announce that Mali, a British Military Working Dog (MWD) who helped save the lives of troops in Afghanistan has received the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal – the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

During an operation to secure an enemy stronghold in Afghanistan, Mali was sent through direct fire on to conduct searches for explosives and insurgents. The warnings he gave the assault force saved them from harm and gave them the gift of vital milliseconds to prepare to engage the enemy.

Mali was seriously injured by three grenade blasts, damaging his chest, legs, and causing the loss of his front tooth and damage to his right ear.

Mali’s gallantry and devotion to duty makes him a worthy recipient of the PDSA Dickin Medal. Mali’s Medal is particularly unique because it bears a commemorative ‘Centenary’ bar, to mark its presentation on the charity’s 100th birthday.

Watch Mali's story:

Join our Centenary Celebrations


Donate to PDSA

Will you help save pets for another 100 years? Your donation will help us carry out life-saving operations and stop pets suffering.

Donate now

Volunteer with us

Join our team and help us help animals while having fun, making friends and gaining valuable experience.


Fundraise for us

As we turn 100, we're looking towards the future. Become a PDSA fundraiser and be a huge part of our very special year. 

Find out more