Fuller’s aim is for the 36-minute Animal Requiem to be made available for anyone who wants to commemorate their pet in a slightly more formal way.
The project has become more poignant for Fuller and The Who guitarist Townshend after their sad losses.
“We got them quite close together so unfortunately that meant they all started to pass one after the other,” she says.
The Big Issue has inspired the launch of 120 street papers globally, including sister titles in Australia, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
Fuller added: “Animals are a huge comfort and extraordinary company. They’re non-judgmental, they love you unconditionally. I’ve come across many Big Issue sellers with dogs and they always look happy and healthy and loved. They would feed their dogs before they fed themselves. It’s company, affection, warmth, kindness.
“Being able to say a proper goodbye gives you some form of closure. I thought we should have that for our animals.”
Animal Requiem will be released digitally on January 31 with a concert at St James’s Church in Piccadilly, London the same day. The physical album is out on March 8.