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20 March 2017

Cats, dogs and working animals in WWII

A reader who has just discovered Uncle Fred's diaries has contributed this interesting information  about pets and working animals during the war. Thank you 'Greyfox'.
I've found this re cat registration. 

"...pet cats could be issued with a NARPAC collar and registration disc that ensured their return if they were found straying during, or after, a blitz or blackout. The disc read: "Finder Please Report This Number To Nearest National Animal Guard". The National Air Raid Precautions Animals Committee was established to ensure the well-being of domestic and working animal under war conditions, a national register was set up and registered animals were issued with a NARPAC numbered disc attached to a collar as identification. The NARPAC Animal Service were responsible for working animals (e.g. horses) while the NARPAC Animal Guard were predominantly women who were responsible for the welfare and registration of domestic pets covering a few streets in their local area."

From http://messybeast.com/retro-wartime.htm . There is also an image of the registration card.

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