The first ever commemorative plaque scheme to recognise incredible animals in the UK has been launched, and a very special cat from Manchester is one of the very first pets to be honoured.

Named ‘Jessi-cat’, the cat helped her then 8-year-old owner with selective mutism, to find his voice and therefore connect with friends, family and other people.

Similar to the English Heritage blue plaque scheme that has only honoured people for over 150 years, ‘Pet Plaques’ turns the attention on to our beloved pets.

The pointy-eared green plaque for Jessi-cat was unveiled at the family home, with the Mayor of Trafford Tom Ross and local MP Kate Green also in attendance either side of owner and Mother Jayne Dillon.

Some of the other animals to be recognised include Walnut the Whippet (if you remember his final beach walk?) and Flora, a dog that predicts its owners oncoming blackouts.

The new scheme has launched nationwide, which is dedicated to celebrating the nation’s most amazing animals.

‘Pet Plaques’ by TrustedHousesitters – the biggest house and pet sitting business in the world – will see green markers attached to houses up and down the country, which commemorate the achievements of our beloved companions. Each plaque gives a brief description of the animal’s achievement, and even features ears to set the new plaques apart from any others.

Over 20 plaques have so far been placed on homes all over the UK.

For stories and locations of the current markers, or to nominate your own pet to be one of the next in line to receive a plaque, please visit:


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