PDSA Gold Medal

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Bravery award to animals

The PDSA Gold Medal is an animal bravery award that acknowledges the bravery and devotion to duty of animals. It was created by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in 2001, and is now recognised as the animal equivalent of the George Cross.[1][2][3] The Gold Medal is considered as the civilian equivalent to PDSA’s Dickin Medal for military animals. An animal can be awarded the PDSA Gold Medal if it assists in saving human or non-human life when its own life is in danger or through exceptional devotion to duty. The medal can also be awarded to animals in public service, such as police or rescue dogs, if the animal dies or suffers serious injury while carrying out its official duties in the face of armed and violent opposition.[4]

The first ceremony, in November 2002, saw the Gold medal awarded to three dogs, including Endal, an assistance dog whose actions helped to save the life of his disabled owner.[5] As of April 2019[update], the PDSA Gold Medal has been awarded in total 28 times. All recipients were dogs until 2020, when a mine-sniffing rat received the prize. The majority of recipients have been British. Non-British recipients include Bamse, who was Norwegian,[6] George and Gage, both from New Zealand,[7][8], Ajax, who was Spanish,[9] and Magawa, who is Tanzanian.[10]

Recipients[edit]

Endal received the Gold Medal in 2002.
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