PEOPLE gathered at Baggeridge Country Park to remember their four-legged friends during the first Dignipets Memorial Walk.

Animal lovers from across the region met on Saturday, September 7 to walk in memory of their past pets and to highlight pet bereavement.

Dignipets is a mobile veterinary service specialising in palliative and end-of-life care. We provide home visits across the area for pets with a chronic or life-limiting illness that benefit from veterinary support in their own home.

Dignipets organised the walk for pet owners that have needed Dignipets previously or for anyone who just wanted to take time to pay tribute to their lost pets.

Merel Taal, one of Dignipets’ veterinary surgeons, said: “There were a few tears and many stories about pets that are missed and also those that are still with us.

“The walk was lovely and gave bereaved pet owners a chance to connect and to know that they are not alone.

“It is heartwarming to see so many of us coming together to pay tribute to lost pets. We share big parts of our lives with our pets and losing them can be very difficult. With this event we are trying to create awareness and acknowledgement for pet loss in general.”

The event also saw the Dignipets veterinary team on hand to give information on elderly, palliative and end of life pet care.

If you would like to know when our next memorial walk will be, please contact us on [email protected]

Maja Redfern

Maja is clinical director at Dignipets. A mobile veterinary practice that offers palliative and end of life care for every pet in need in the West Midlands. Having completed a certification programme in hospice and palliative care in 2017 Maja advises colleagues and referring practices on pain management for their most difficult geriatric cases. She is a dedicated pet owner (two dogs and three cats) and has developed a reputation amongst wanderers and strays for being the go-to person when lost.