Canada’s War Animal Memorial

Canada’s war memorial commemorates the animals who have served in wartime.

Text by Canada’s History staff

Posted September 13, 2013

Dedicated in November 2012, the memorial at Ottawa’s Confederation Boulevard includes three sections honouring horses, mules, and dogs.

A variety of animals have been used by Canada in wartime: Mules and horses carried supplies; carrier pigeons delivered messages, and dogs worked in various capacities, such as search and rescue. Dogs are still employed by the Armed Forces today.

Canada joins Britain and Australia in dedicating memorials to animals that have served in war.

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And don’t miss “Animal Soldiers,” a story about the role of animals during the First World War that appeared in the October-November 2013 issue of Canada’s History magazine.

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