Celia Hammond

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Celia Hammond (born July 25, 1941) is an English former model who has since become known as a campaigner against fur and for neutering of cats to control the feral population.

Early life[edit]

Hammond was born to English parents and raised in Australia and Indonesia, where her father was a tea planter.

Modeling career[edit]

Hammond began her modeling career at the Lucie Clayton Charm Academy in 1960 and was a graduating classmate of Jean Shrimpton. She began working for Vogue,[1] forming a close working relationship with photographer Terence Donovan.[2] She was also the favourite model of photographer Norman Parkinson and credited the rise of her career to him. At first happy to model fur, she later became concerned about the cruelty of the fur trade and took a stand against fur. Singer/Songwriter Donovan wrote "Celia Of The Seals" as a tribute to her attitude. She had a long relationship with the guitarist Jeff Beck around 1968~1992.

Celia Hammond Animal Trust[edit]

In 1986 she founded the Celia Hammond Animal Trust with the aim of opening a low-cost neutering clinic to control the feral animal population. The first of these clinics opened in Lewisham in 1995, and a second opened in Canning Town in 1999. The Celia Hammond Animal Trust also runs a sanctuary in Brede, East Sussex, for animals which need new homes. In addition to neutering animals, the clinics (and sanctuary) also help to rescue and rehome animals, and now find homes for thousands of cats each year.[3][4]


  1. ^ GMTV - Hundreds of Yorkshire Terriers have been rescued find out how you can provide a home for them[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ BBC - Press Office - The Real Blow-Up
  3. ^ "About Celia". Celia Hammond Animal Trust website. Retrieved September 10, 2006.
  4. ^ "Transcript: Rescued dogs". BBC News. May 24, 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2006.

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