In Memory of Joanne Pullan – Our Dear Friend

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Joanne Pullan passed away suddenly on 20 April 2011. She had worked for PETA for almost five years as a Manager of Major Gifts. In her passing we have lost a true and loyal friend; a hard-working, committed, funny and outgoing colleague and office-mate; a compassionate champion for all living beings and a tireless fighter against cruelty to animals.

Jo always opened up her home to animals in need. For many years she shared her home and life with Claude, a lively little dog who sometimes joined her in the PETA office in London. Like Jo, Claude wasn’t shy and often made a noisy and enjoyable entrance. After Claude’s own passing several months ago, Jo adopted two rescued cats, Kitsy and Marley. That commitment was a hallmark of Jo’s deep and genuine compassion.

Her love for animals extended well beyond those she lived with. Jo had a large anti-vivisection bumper sticker on her laptop, and when she would ride the train in and out of London every day, she would work on the computer and use the sticker to attract attention and start conversations with other passengers about vivisection. She never missed an opportunity to educate people about cruelty to animals, and she always did so in a way that was never overbearing or aggressive but always good-humoured and amiable – yet another marvellous example of Jo’s caring and humane spirit.

Jo was a deeply empathetic person who felt the suffering and misery of any creature, including people. One winter evening, she passed a homeless man on the street. Most people would just walk by without looking; some might have given the man some coins. Jo went home, collected some old clothes and went all the way back to give him the clothes, a blanket, some food and some money.

She was one of the best colleagues one could ever hope for. She was a ray of sunshine in the office. She loved to go out, listen to music and dance. She also loved being at home and watching videos with her animals curled up around her. She was great at restoring antique furniture, and she relished gardening. She was deeply committed to her job at PETA, dedicating herself to it seven days a week, 24 hours a day. She often spent her evenings and weekends visiting and speaking with PETA members and supporters. All of us admired her ethics, values and hard work. But she also brought smiles and a contagious sense of fun to everyone whose life she touched.

Jo was proud to work in behalf of animals, and we at PETA are grateful for the years that we shared with Jo. She cannot be replaced, but her spirit lives on in the work that we do and inspires us to keep fighting for animals in need around the world.

We miss you.

Please note: In honour of Jo’s compassion for animals, donations made to PETA in her memory will be used to support the work of PETA’s  Animal Emergency Fund (AEF). AEF provides the means to help animals who are threatened by disasters – from fires to floods to hurricanes. It also advocates for the timely evacuation of companion animals from disaster zones and provides crucial information on how to safeguard animals before tragedy strikes. In Japan, AEF resources recently helped fund in-country disaster-response work by PETA Asia and local rescue workers.


  • Andy commented on May 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    God Bless you Jo. A lovely lively smile who made every visit of mine to your office a happy one.
    With all my Love.

  • Brien Comerford commented on May 10, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Why do so many great and humane people perish at a young age ! Joanne Pollan was as compassionate to animals as the late, great Linda McCartney. Their good deeds for creatures in need will earn them a Heavenly reward.

    • Brien Comerford commented on May 10, 2011 at 12:57 am

      Viva and Plaudits for Joanne Pullan ! I apologize for spelling her last name incorrectly in my last comment !

  • Lisa Drummy commented on May 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    You will be sorely missed, Hun. I shall think about you every time I wear my Jo pink socks!
    Lots of love, Lisa and all at Beanie’s xx

  • Kate commented on May 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    A lovely person, will be much missed. x

  • Jules Howliston commented on May 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks to everyone a PETA for writing this memorial page. The middle photo was taken at Terre a Terre Brighton, June 2010. She was digging into her 40th birthday cake. She will be missed terribly but never forgotten.

  • Mark Keeling commented on May 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    You will be sadly missed by all who knew you……….
    Love always Uncle Bill, Auntie Sylvia Mark and Family.x.x.x.x.

  • Kathryn commented on May 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this incredibly sad news about Joanne. During my time interning at PETA, Joanne was always so lovely and welcoming; she put so much energy into her work for animals.
    My thoughts go out to all that knew her – she was a lovely person and I know she will be missed terribly.

  • Neil Croft (Crofty) commented on May 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you so much to everyone at PETA UK for coming along to Jojo’s funeral and wake. Also thank you for the lovely memorial page, and for taking care of Kitsy and Marley.

    She loved worked with you all, and meeting all the wonderful compassionate donors. Remember her beautiful smile, and upbeat sense of humour and fun. Lots of love Crofty xxx

  • Elizabete commented on May 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    She was beautiful, inside and outside. These souls continue on working and helping the planet on the other side of life, they are beautiful shinning spirits.
    There is a lot to learn with Joanne. Love.

  • Gitte Biermann commented on May 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Joanne, I shall miss you terribly!! Love, your friend Gitte

  • Margarita commented on May 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Unbelievable and very very sad… My deepest sympathy to Jo’s family and friends.. An amazing, lovely and bright person with a big heart.. God bless her…

  • Karen Chisholm commented on May 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Feel so unbelievably sad to have just read that beautiful Joanne has passed away…. my deepest sympathies to all family and friends she will be very very sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to meet her

  • Gemma & Dave commented on May 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    We only knew Jo for a short while, however she had become more than just our landlady she had become our friend and we will miss her terribly xxx

  • Sarah commented on May 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    What a lovely lady. I didn’t know her, but i am sitting here in tears.
    We need more people like Jo in this world. My thoughts go out to her family and friends.

  • Tony Smith commented on May 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    So young, so beautiful, so deserving of a long and healthy life and so badly needed. Life’s not fair.

  • Marcia commented on May 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I am so sorry for her loss. We desperately need people with her values and commitment. If only they could be with us much longer . . .

  • Joy commented on May 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I didn’t know Jo but cried as I read your message. I truly wish I had met her. What a loss to her family and PETA.

    God bless Jo for all her empathy to both people and animals.

  • harry Haller commented on May 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    My most heartfelt condolences to his family, the animals he has helped and I hope that wherever you are will continue with its task, because love is not diluted or a thousand lives and love for the helpless less. Always will we have to take care of the piece of assistance provided, the struggle continues, and will always, many people depend on us.

  • Gill commented on May 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I didn’t know Jo, but like others have written I felt very moved reading what a beautiful, caring person she was. My thoughts go to her family and friends and what a terrible loss to the animals and people she cared so passionately about.

  • Sue Griffiths commented on May 27, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Brien [email protected] do so many great and humane people perish at a young age?
    Perhaps they are needed in heaven to care for all the animals that suffered here on earth.
    My condolences to Jo’s family and friends,

  • Josephine Orr (Jo) commented on May 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I agree with Elizabeth (above) Jo will continue her work from the other side…..just look for the signs!

    PETA Member

  • Ronny Mitchell commented on May 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I was deeply saddened by the tragic news of Joanne. She came to our home last November for a light (vegan) lunch and to talk about PETA. Animals and those who care about them have lost a dedicated and compassionate friend.

  • Inogen commented on June 1, 2011 at 5:12 am

    What a shock – I only met Joanne once but I could tell that she was a good person because she radiated friendliness and good will. It is up to all of us to make sure that this spirit of caring and compassion not only goes on but grows and grows.

  • chander kumar soni commented on June 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    i also missed them.

  • Abi commented on September 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I did know Jo, but I didn’t know that she had died, it was a real honour to have been part of her life, which wasn’t always easy, but she continued to blossom every step of the way. x

  • Eli Murillo commented on February 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

    A round of applause for your article. Much obliged.

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