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Battersea's first unwanted dog of 2015

The New Year was just hours old when six year old Wrinkles caught his first glimpse of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home - his new home at least for the next few weeks or months. Wrinkles was amongst 50 dogs and 48 cats that arrived at Battersea’s South London site between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier became the charity's very first unwanted dog of 2015, when he was brought to Battersea’s London rescue centre after his owner’s circumstances changed and they were no longer able to keep him.

Now Battersea’s first Staffie of the year is seeking new owners to give him the human companionship he craves. Wrinkles, like so many other Staffies, loves nothing more than being around people and cuddling up on the sofa and is finding life in kennels quite tough.

Wrinkles can live with less experienced owners in just about any location, as long as there is a park or field close by where he can burn off some energy. He also loves company, so Wrinkles will need owners who won’t leave him alone for more than a few hours a day.

Rob Young, Head of Dog Rehoming at Battersea, said: “Sadly Battersea sees a lot of dogs and cats coming to our three centres after the festive period. Some are unwanted Christmas presents and some, in Wrinkles’ case, had owners who realised they weren't able to take on all the responsibilities involved in owning a dog. But they did the right thing and brought Wrinkles to Battersea, so we can now help him find a new home."

Rob continues: “We expect to see thousands more dogs like Wrinkles come through our gates over the next 12 months and we'll do all we possibly can to make sure they find the right home and a fresh start in life that they so deserve.”

If you think Wrinkles is the one for you and you can offer him a new start in 2015, please contact Battersea on 0843 509 4444.
The charity’s three centres in central London, Old Windsor in Berkshire and Brands Hatch in Kent care for over 400 dogs and 250 cats at any one time, with an average stay of 29 days for dogs and 25 days for cats.

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