PDSA Commendation

For devotion or bravery

PDSA Commendation

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and the PDSA Commendation aims to celebrate the unparalleled devotion and enrichment that animals bring to our lives.

Roll of Honour

Dogs

Dogs

Wispa - Dog
Date of Award: 9 November 2016
For jumping into the river and saving her owner’s life by keeping him afloat until help arrived.

Molly - Dog
Date of Award: 9 November 2016
For enriching the lives of others and providing comfort and support through her role as a PAT dog.

Cannonball - Dog
Date of Award: 9 November 2016
For enriching the life of his owner by being a loyal and constant companion. 

Katie - Dog
Date of Award: 9 November 2016
For raising the alarm when a fire swept through their home.

Alice - Dog
Date of Award: 9 November 2016
For raising the alarm when her owner was in difficulty.

Joshua and Kingston - Dogs
Date of Award: 19 October 2016
For being constant, loyal companions and alerting their owner to an imminent seizure.

PD Max - Police Dog
Date of Award: 30 September 2016
For exceptional work on 8 March 2015, using his tracking skills, he located a vulnerable missing woman who required hospital treament and went on to make a full recovery.  That same evening he dealt with a number of incidents which resulted in one male being detained and two arrests.

Mae Elizabeth - Dog
Date of Award: 29 September 2016
For being a constant and loyal companion to her owner.

Poppyscot - Dog
Date of Award: 29 September 2016
For enriching the life of her owner and providing comfort and support to others.

PD JJ - Police Dog 
Date of Award: 2 September 2016
For tracking and locating a robber who had stolen a mobile phone, at knife point, from a 15 year-old girl. He also found other stolen items which the robber had secreted in some dense bushes. PD JJ’s tracking skills resulted in a prolific and violent offender being taken into custody for the protection of the public.

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Jack Lovett - Dog
Date of Award: 18 July 2016
For overcoming serious injuries to provide loving companionship to his owner.

Diesel - Dog
Date of Award: 18 July 2016
'For being a devoted companion to his owner after she fell and needed hospital treatment.'

Jack - Dog
Date of Award: 18 July 2016
'For overcoming serious injuries to provide loving companionship to his owner.'

Rauour - Dog
Date of Award: 18 May 2016
'For successfully finding a critically injured missing woman in blizzard conditions.'

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Charlie - Dog
Date of Award: 10 May 2016
'For forewarning his owners seizures and being a great comfort.'

Baxter - Labrador
Date of Award: 8 April 2016
'For raising the alarm when his young owner became ill and required hospital treatment.'

Myrtle - Dog
Date of Award: 8 April 2016
'For raising the alarm when a neighbour had fallen and was in need of assistance.'

Boston (Cream Pie) - Dog
Date of Award: 29 February 2016
'For being a constant and loyal companion to his owner.'

Delilah and Lucy - Dogs
Date of Award: 1 February 2016
'For alerting their owner to a fire in the kitchen.'

Chunk - Dog
Date of Award: 1 February 2016
'For raising the alarm when his owner fell and needed to be taken to hospital.'

Inca - Dog
Date of Award: 1 February 2016 
'For enriching the life of her owner and for alerting her to a serious illness.'

Storm 'Bumble Bee' - Dog
Date of Award: 1 February 2016
'For enriching the life of her owner and getting help during asthma attacks.'

Tilly - Dog
Date of Award: 5 January 2016
'For her role as a detection dog and enriching the life of her owner.'

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Ty - Police Dog
Date of Award: 4 January 2016
'For locating an elderly lady who had gone missing from her nursing home.'

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Ruby - Dog
Date of Award: 12 November 2015
'For enriching the life of her owner and providing comfort to others through her role as a PAT dog.'

Poppy - Dog
Date of Award: 26 October 2015
'For alerting her owner to an imminent seizure to ensure she can get to a place of safety.'

Stella - Dog
Date of Award: 26 October 2015
'For being a constant and loyal companion to her owner.'

Mika - Dog
Date of Award: 23 October 2015
'For being a constant and loyal companion to her owner and alerting the family to intruders on three occasions.' 

Soochow - Dog (posthumous)
Date of Award: 23 October 2015
'For outstanding courage and endurance while a prisoner of war and helping to maintain morale among his fellow prisoners.'

Boo - Dog
Date of Award: 30 September 2015
'for being a constant companion and enriching the life of her owner.'

Morgan - Dog
Date of Award: 24 August 2015
'For raising the alarm when his owner fell from a ladder and needed to be taken to hospital.' 

Looby Loo – German Shepherd
Date of Award: 17 June 2015
‘For raising the alarm when her owner required medical assistance.’

Forager – Dog
Date of Award: 15 June 2015
‘For his duties with K9 Search Dogs in successfully finding dogs that are missing so they can be reunited with their owners.'

Tauri – Dog
Date of Award: 15 June 2015
‘For enriching the life of her owner and providing comfort to others.’ 

George – Dog
Date of Award:  15 June 2015 
‘For alerting a passer-by to the plight of his owner who had been pushed from her wheelchair by two youths.’ 

Maxi – Dog
Date of Award: 23 February 2015
‘For staying with his owner Julie Dolke following a serious car accident, even though he needed stitches to an injury to his head, and barking to attract the attention of milkman Dennis Blake.’

Adi – Dog
Date of Award: 23 February 2015
‘For helping children overcome their fear of dogs through the Dr Dog programme in China.’

Lily-Rose – Dog
Date of Award: 23 February 2015
‘For enriching the lives of her owners Jenny and Christina Deakin.’

Ruby Roo – Dog
Date of Award: 23 February 2015
‘For being a constant companion and enriching the life of her owner.’

Fitz – Dog 
Date of Award: 17 February 2015
‘For being a constant companion and enriching the life of his owner.’

Flora – Dog
Date of Award: 14 October 2014
‘For accompanying her owner Robert Stuhldreer and taking part in charitable and educational work with young people.’

Billy – Dog 
Date of Award: 13 October 2014
‘For raising the alarm when intruders entered the house.’

Milton – Dog
Date of Award: 31 March 2014
‘For raising the alarm when his neighbour, Tony Dixon-Smith, suffered a bad fall in the garden and required hospitalisation for his injuries.’

Willow – Dog
Date of Award: 31 March 2014
‘For being a constant and loyal companion to her owner.’

Jasper – Dog
Date of Award: January 2014
‘For raising the alarm when his owner required medical assistance.’

Geo – Dog
Date of Award: January 2014
‘For preventing his young owner, Charlie Riley, from being run over by an oncoming vehicle.’

No. 752 Ordinary dog Shrapnel – Dog (and No. 571 Leading cat Leslie)
Date of Award: 6 January 2014
‘For being loyal companions to the crew of HMS Manchester and for giving their lives in the service of their country.’

Monty – Dog
Date of Award: 6 January 2014
‘For being a loyal companion and raising the alarm when his owner fell down a ravine while out walking.’

Scooby – Dog
Date of Award: December 2013
‘For raising the alarm and waking his owner when a fire swept through the loft conversion at his home.’

Driesh – Search and Rescue Dog Association of Scotland
Date of Award: 5 September 2013
‘For locating ten missing persons while working with Search and Rescue Dog Association Scotland.’

Dox and Lyon – Police Dogs from Brazil
Date of Award: 5 April 2013
‘For paying the ultimate sacrifice in the line of police duty when faced with armed and violent assailants.’

Winnie – Search & Rescue Dog
Date of Award: 18 February 2013
‘For locating a missing person while working with Surrey Search and Rescue (Dog Section).’

Zak – Search & Rescue Dog
Date of Award: 18 February 2015
‘For locating a missing person while working with Hampshire Search and Rescue Dogs.’

Millie – Dog
Date of Award: 17 December 2012
‘By being a constant companion and enriching the life of her owner.’

Henry – Dog
Date of Award: 17 December 2012
‘For raising the alarm when his owner requires medical assistance.’

Guy – Canine Partner
Date of Award: 17 December 2012
‘For preventing his owner from being run over by an oncoming vehicle.’

Louie – Yorkshire Terrier
Date of Award: 13 July 2012
‘For raising the alarm when his owner required medical assistance.’

Edward (Teddy) – Canine Partner
Date of Award: 16 January 2012
‘For enriching the life of his owner and raising the alarm when she requires medical assistance.’

Peggy – Dog
Date of Award: 8 December 2011
‘For raising the alarm and waking her owner when a fire swept through the living room at her home.’

Milly & Molly – Dogs (Kerry Blues)
Date of Award: 1 September 2011
‘For actions that resulted in finding and saving the life of an abandoned baby.’

Tangye – Dog
Date of Award: July 2011
‘For being a loyal companion to the British troops in Afghanistan.’

Sam – Lowland Search dog, Southern
Date of Award: August 2011
‘For locating two missing persons while working with Lowland Search Dogs Southern.’

Target – Dog (posthumous)
Date of Award: July 2011
‘For repelling a suicide bomber seeking to enter a US military base in Afghanistan.’

Brin – Dog
Date of Award: July 2011
‘For uncovering hidden improvised explosive devices while accompanying British troops.’

Max – Dog
Date of Award: July 2011
‘For being a comforting presence.’

Jake – Dog
Date of Award: 8 April 2011
‘For intervening during an attack on a young woman and chasing away the assailant.’

Max & Adora – Akitas
Date of Award: March 2011
‘For enriching the life of their owner and providing comfort to others.’

Pip – Dog
Date of Award: March 2011
‘For raising the alarm when her owner requires medical assistance.’

Mitizi – Dog
Date of Award: March 2011
‘For providing comfort to her owner’s housebound mother.’

Bumble – Guide Dog
Date of Award: February 2011
‘For coming to the assistance of her owner when she was attacked in the street.’

Cassie – Dog
Date of Award: February 2011
‘For being a calm and comforting companion.’

Sam – Dog
Date of Award: February 2011
‘For raising the alarm when his owner fell while they were out walking.’

Henry – Police Dog
Date of Award: February 2011
‘For being an emergency blood donor to a dog injured in a road traffic accident.’

Max - Police Dog
Date of Award: 3 March 2009
‘For locating a missing patient from Llwynpia Hospital in atrocious weather conditions on 7 February 2005.’

Buster & Ben – Dogs
Date of Award: 9 April 2008
‘For their actions while out walking on 5 April 2006.’

Roz – Guide Dog
Date of Award: 9 April 2008
‘For safely guiding her owner, Gary Wickett, home despite sustaining extensive wounds following an attack by another dog.’

Cally – Dog
Date of Award: 29 May 2007
‘For saving the life of accident victim, Peter Gurney, in March 2006.’

Jesse – Dog
Date of Award: Not presented (lost contact with owner)

Sophie & Winston – Dogs
Date of Award: 14 May 2007
‘For waking their owner with persistent barking to warn of a fire.’

Tess – Dog
Date of Award: 27 July 2005
‘For coming to the aid of a fellow canine in distress in February 2005.’

Rommel – German Shepherd
Date of Award: 22 June 2005
‘For his remarkable actions in coming to his owner’s aid when she suffered from hypoglycaemic shock in 2002.’

Alfie – Jack Russell Terrier
Date of Award: 22 June 2005
‘For his remarkable actions in alerting his owners to burglars in their house in 2004.’

Oen – Dog
Date of Award: 22 June 2005
‘For his amazing sensitivity and courage when coming to the aid of his distressed owner in 1996.’

Small – Dog
Date of Award: 29 November 2002
‘For summoning help to a child rendered unconscious in an electrical accident.’

Russell – Dog
Date of Award: 18 November 2002 
‘For attacking and killing a 6-foot snake which had entered the home of his owner on 5 April 1999.’

Cats

Cats

Bugsey & Sylvester - Cats
Date of Award: 9 November 2016
For being loyal companions and providing support to their owner.

Smarty – Cat
Date of Award: 15 June 2015
‘For raising the alarm when her owner required medical assistance.’

Kenny – Cat
Date of Award: 15 June 2015
‘For being quick to raise the alarm when a plastic tray caught fire and thus preventing a serious incident.’

Butters – Cat
Date of Award: 16 October 2014
‘For raising the alarm and waking his owner when a curtain caught fire and filled the house with smoke.’

No. 571 Leading cat Leslie and No. 752 Ordinary dog Shrapnel – Dog
Date of Award: 6 January 2014
‘For being loyal companions to the crew of HMS Manchester and for giving their lives in the service of their country.’

Pyro – Cat (posthumous)
Date of Award: 1 September 2011
‘For providing comfort and moral support to his master and RAF crews flying secret operations during WWII.’

Basil – Cat
Date of Award: 7 July 2006
‘For his service as friend and companion to the staff and patients of Taplow Health Centre.’

Felix – Cat
Date of Award: 22 June 2005
‘For his remarkable actions in alerting his owners to burglars in their house in January 2005.’

Rabbits

Rabbits

Roary

Date of Award:
25 February 2016

‘For being a constant companion and enriching the life of his owner’

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Horses

Horses

Scooby – Horse
Date of Award: March 2011
‘For remaining loyal to his owner in her hour of need.’

Dartagnan – Police Horse
Date of Award: 22 June 2005
‘For his remarkable courage and steadfastness during a violent dispute in July 1981.’

Wilson – Police Horse
Date of Award: 22 June 2005
‘For his remarkable actions during a violent demonstration in Bradford in July 2001.’

HOW ARE THE AWARDS ASSESSED

Awards are approved by PDSA’s Council following receipt of an official citation, supported by a corroborative witness statement or a character statement.

To request more information about PDSA Order of Merit Medal please use this Animal Award contact form.

HOW CAN I NOMINATE AN ANIMAL FOR A PDSA ORDER OF MERIT?

If you know of an animal that has displayed outstanding acts of devotion to their owner or wider society, or that is an outstanding example of the special relationship between animals and humans, you can make a nomination by using our General Enquiries online form or in writing by post to:

Gill Hubbard
Awards and Heritage Manager
PDSA

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