The Battersea dog and cat home
Everyone loves getting about London on two legs: it’s what makes Foxtrail, the urban treasure-map experience so much fun. Our route does not take us near Battersea, where those with four legs haven’t been so lucky in life.
The Battersea dog and cat home is famous for taking in abandoned animals who, through no fault of their own, are unable to enjoy life in London as they deserved.
Every year, the charity, made even more popular by the television series Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, helps 7,000 animals get the care and treatment they need.
Some of them arrive in a terrible condition after either being mistreated or simply abandoned and left to fend for themselves.
Others are gifted to the charity because their loving owners are unable to care for them anymore, for a number of reasons, including illness.
There is also a centre in Old Windsor, Berkshire, and Brands Hatch in Kent
Visiting Battersea London
The iconic animal home has been at Battersea since 1871. It’s open every day to visitors who are considering adopting a dog or a cat, to come and meet them. There are guidelines to follow before this process can happen, so visit the website for more information.
As there is no Government funding for its work, Battersea reluctantly charges an entry fee for visitors, although this is £2 for adults and £1 for children up to 15 and for concessions. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The home is open to visitors from 10.30 to 4 pm every day, although you should check the website for details of Christmas closures.
Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs
The ITV show has been a runaway success, thrilling the audience and often moving them to tears in the process.
Dog-lover Paul, an official Battersea Ambassador, visits the homes in Battersea, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch to follow the fortunes of various dogs looking for loving new homes.
The BAFTA-nominated programme also sees Paul exploring the work of Battersea’s vet Shaun and canine behaviour trainer Ali.
One of the stories in the latest series follows the fortune of a Dachshund mum and her puppies. It’s believed she escaped from a puppy farm. Paul also makes friends with a Saluki called Chester, found seriously injured after being abandoned by the side of a road,
Meanwhile, viewers would be touched by the story of Pug-terrier cross Florence, who was subjected to a hit and run and faced amputation. Paul’s friend and fellow Battersea supporter Jennifer Saunders fell in love immediately.
Support the Battersea dog and cats home
The charity relies on your support, and there are a number of ways you can help.
You can make monthly donations or a one-off payment, or you can sponsor one of the kennels or Kitty Kabins. £5 a month will provide each new dog arriving in your kennel with the blankets, toys and treats they need to keep warm and happy during their stay!