Inspired by Jilly Cooper's book, Animals in War, commissioned by The Imperial War Museum, a group of individuals came together in 1998 to set about erecting a monument dedicated to the millions of animals that served alongside the British and Commonwealth forces in conflicts of the 20th century.

Coming from such diverse worlds as the arts, animal welfare, television, the services and politics, this group obtained charitable status and formed a Board of Trustees to select a sculptor, to obtain a suitable site in Central London for the memorial and to raise the funds to make their dream become a reality.

The trustees of The Animals in War Memorial Fund have obtained planning consent from Westminster City Council to erect this memorial at Brook Gate, Park Lane in Central London.

To enable the realisation of the monument on this superb Central London site, an appeal has been launched to raise £1m.

It is intended that the monument will be unveiled in 2004, the 90th anniversary of the start of World War I. In order for this to happen a major part of the funds must be pledged by 2002.

To see how you can donate to the Fund, go to the "Make a donation" page of this site