Order of Merit

For outstanding devotion

PDSA Order of Merit

The PDSA Order of Merit is known as the animals’ OBE. It recognises animals that display outstanding devotion to their owner or wider society, above and beyond normal companionship – and represents an exceptional example of the special relationship between animals and humans.

The inaugural award, in 2014, recognised horses and dogs serving with the Metropolitan Police.

Recipients could include service animals, such as those in the police force, assistance dogs or medical detection dogs. By creating the PDSA Order of Merit, we can ensure that all extraordinary animal contributions to society can now be formally recognised and honoured, however and wherever they occur.

The very first Order of Merit was struck at court jewellers and medallists Cleave and Company in London on 30 May 2014. With its distinctive silver appearance and weighing around 35 grammes, it represents a very distinguished addition to our historic medal programme.

To date, we have awarded the PDSA Order of Merit to ten police horses and four dogs.
Order of Merit

Roll of Honour

Horses
Bow Street Stables

Police Horse no.100 Defender
Police Horse no.97 Judge
Police Horse no.106 Kensington (posthumous)
Police Horse no.81 Livingstone

Kings Cross Stables

Police Horse no.90 Boris
Police Horse no.109 Laurel
Police Horse no.62 General 
Police Horse no.16 Deats

Great Scotland Yard Stables

Police Horse no.46 Hector  (posthumous)
Police Horse no.96 Intrepid

Date of award: 17 June 2014

‘For their actions during the 2011 London riots.’

Read more about the individual horses here. 

Dogs

Molly

Springer Spaniel
Assistance Dog
Date of Award: 25 October 2016

“For being a loyal and constant companion and enriching the life of her owner.”

Read more about Molly

Whizz

Newfoundland
Royal Navy Rescue, Severn Area Rescue Association and Newfound Friends
Date of Award (Posthumous): 22 March 2016

“For lifesaving devotion and outstanding companionship”

Read more about Whizz

Jake

Springer Spaniel
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police 
Date of Award (Posthumous): 29 April 2015

"For outstanding devotion to duty on behalf of Warwickshire and West Mercia Police 2004-2014"

Read more about Jake

Linpol Luke (Obi)

German Shepherd
Metropolitan Police Service Dog Support Unit
Date of Award: 17 June 2014

Read more about Obi


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

Whitechapel Way
Priorslee
Telford
Shropshire
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