PDSA Gold Medal

The PDSA Gold Medal, is the non-military counterpart to the PDSA Dickin Medal and is known as the animals’ George Cross. Instituted in 2001, it rewards civilian acts of animal bravery and exceptional devotion to duty.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Animals sometimes display heroic capabilities in extraordinary situations. The PDSA Gold Medal recognises this.

Quite simply, the PDSA Gold Medal is the highest honour for outstanding animal bravery and exceptional dedication in civilian life.

The Medal depicts a laurel wreath and the words: ‘For animal gallantry or devotion to duty'.

To date the PDSA Gold Medal has been awarded to 26 recipients.

Roll of Honour

Diesel

Staffordshire Bull terrier
Date of award: 14 June 2017

"For life-saving devotion to his family when alerting them to a serious house fire on 28 May 2016."

Read more about Diesel.

Police Dog Ozzy

Police Scotland
Date of Award – 24 February 2017

“For displaying outstanding gallantry in the line of police duty and in the face of violent opposition.”

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K9 Killer
Environmental Crimes Investigation, Kruger National Park
Date of award – 7 January 2016

“For lifesaving bravery and devotion to his handler and other rangers engaged in the fight against rhinoceros poaching.”

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Gage
German Shepherd
Date of award – 22 August 2013

“For displaying outstanding gallantry and paying the ultimate sacrifice in the line of police duty.”

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Ajax
German Shepherd
Date of award – 11 June 2013

“For his bravery in saving lives, his courage and devotion to duty in circumstances of extreme danger.”

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Ellie and Jones
German Shepherd crosses
Date of award – October 2012

“For saving the life of their owner through exceptional devotion to duty.”

Read more about Ellie and Jones

Dexter
Date of award – April 2011
Gloucester Police Force

“For displaying outstanding gallantry, despite serious injuries, while carrying out official duties in the face of violent opposition. “

Anya
German Shepherd
Wiltshire Police Force
Date of award – 06 July 2010

“For devotion to duty and lifesaving bravery in the face of danger, when faced with a knife-wielding assailant, on 3 January 2008.”

Read more about Police Dog Anya

Frodo
Beagle
Date of award – 06 July 2010

“For lifesaving bravery and determined devotion to his owner and family, when alerting them to a house fire on 13 June 2008.”

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Oi
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Date of posthumous award – 06 July 2010

“For lifesaving bravery and courageous devotion to her family in the face of armed assailants on the 18 June 2008.”

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Bosnich
Date of award – 28 July 2009

“For saving the life of 73-year-old Mark Corrie, by keeping him warm and alerting a search and rescue team to Mark's plight, who had gone missing for two days after taking Bos for a walk on Cumrew Fell on 12 August 2006.”

Read more about Bosnich

George
Date of posthumous award – 11 February 2009

“For bravery and devotion when protecting the lives of five children in his home town of Manaia, North Island, New Zealand, when they were threatened by two Pit Bull Terriers.”

Read more about George

Ghillie
Date of award – 19 December 2007

“For gallantry and lifesaving devotion on 19 December 2005 while out walking near him home in Kirkwall on Orkney.’

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Vinnie
British Transport Police
Date of award – 3 July 2007

“For gallantry in the service of humanity, immediately following the terrorist attacks on London on 7 July 2005.”

Read more about Vinnie

Billy
City of London Police
Date of award – 3 July 2007

“For gallantry in the service of humanity, immediately following the terrorist attacks on London on 7 July 2005.”

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Hubble Keck (Jake)
Metropolitan Police
Date of award – 3 July 2007

“For gallantry in the service of humanity, immediately following the terrorist attacks on London on 7 July 2005.”

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Bamse
WWII ship’s mascot
Date of posthumous award – 22 July 2006

“For saving the life of two members of the crew of Royal Norwegian Navy minesweeper, The Thorodd, and for his unstinting devotion to duty as ship’s mascot during WWII.”

Read more about Bamse

Dylan & Cracker
NI Search and Rescue Dog Association
Date of award – 27 June 2006

“For displaying outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty, while carrying out official duties with the Northern Ireland Search and Rescue Dog Association.”

Read more about Dylan & Cracker

Zoltan
Cleveland Police
Date of award – 5 April 2006

“For displaying outstanding gallantry, despite serious injuries, while carrying out official duties in the face of violent opposition.”

Read more about Zoltan

Blue
West Yorkshire Police
Date of award – 5 April 2006

“"For displaying outstanding gallantry, despite serious injuries, while carrying out official duties in the face of violent opposition."”

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Orca
Canine Partner
Date of award – 5 April 2006

“For saving the life of his owner, Cheryl Alexander, through exceptional devotion to duty.”

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Endal
Canine Partner
Date of award – 13 November 2002

“For saving the life of his owner, Allen Parton, through exceptional devotion to duty.”

Read more about Endal

Metpol Delta Monty
Metropolitan Police
Date of award – 12 November 2002

“For displaying outstanding gallantry, despite serious injuries, while carrying out official duties in the face of violent opposition.”

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Bulla
Leicestershire Police
Date of posthumous award – 12 November 2002

“For displaying outstanding gallantry in the line of police duty, and in the face of violent opposition.”

Read more about Bulla

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 the PDSA Gold Medal, please contact us using our General Enquiries form.

If you know of an animal that has either saved a life or been seriously injured or killed while carrying out official duties in the face of armed or violent opposition – you can contact PDSA with your nomination by using our General Enquiries online form or in writing by post to:

Amy Dickin
PDSA
Whitechapel Way
Priorslee
Telford
Shropshire
TF2 9PQ

If you are connected with the animal (handler or serving in the same Service) you will need the permission of the Commanding Officer and their confirmation of the nomination in writing plus two eye-witness accounts plus the inclusion of any supporting material (documents / media reports etc). You can nominate an animal without this BUT the submission will need this information to be taken forward as a formal request.