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Sue Perkins, Karen Hauer and Nicole Appleton show their love for Battersea at a charity fundraiser

Well-known Battersea friends and supporters were treated to a show-stopping evening of entertainment as they joined adorable rescue dogs at a glittering fundraising event for the world-renowned animal welfare charity at Quaglinos, in central London.

Hosted by comedian Sue Perkins, and headlined by singer Mica Paris, ‘the British Queen of Soul’, Battersea Backstage took guests behind the scenes of the iconic animal rescue centre to hear more about its vital work caring for dogs and cats in need and helping rescue animals across the UK and beyond.

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Five popular pet superstitions debunked

Think your furry friend might have a sixth sense? We had Halloween at the weekend, and an expert from leading vet charity PDSA sets the record straight and breaks down some of the most popular superstitions we have about our pets.

See below for PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing’s take on five freaky myths:

1. Black cats are bad luck

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Tiny puppy abandoned in park looks for new start this Adoptober

German Shepherd puppy Flynn was just eight-weeks-old when he was dumped in a Birmingham park

A tiny puppy found unloved and unwanted in a park is looking for a new home where he’ll be loved for the first time.

German Shepherd Flynn was found by a dog warden in a Birmingham park on 7 October and taken in by the RSPCA.

He was taken in by The Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home - run by the RSPCA South Cotswolds branch.

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Battersea golden oldie dog has been searching for a home for 100 days

A ten-year-old Collie named Marley has been in the care of Battersea for 100 days, but so far no one has stepped forward to give him a home to call his own.

Marley’s owners brought him into Battersea when a change in circumstances meant that they were no longer able to look after him. Despite being at the rehoming charity for nearly three times the average stay (34 days), he has struggled to find a retirement home; something that staff suspect may be due to his age.

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RSPCA releases heartbreaking images of terrified dog ahead of fireworks night

RSPCA issues advice and warnings to animal owners ahead of November 5.

With many public firework displays, including London, being cancelled and more people than ever attending displays at home or with friends, the RSPCA is concerned for the wellbeing of the nation's animals.

New polling by the charity shows that in 2021 52%* of the UK public will be attending unofficial displays, this compares with 41% in 2020 and 23% in 2019.

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RSPCA Cymru launches Adoptober rehoming appeal for two dogs, 9 months after they were rescued with 43 others

A special appeal has been launched to find loving new homes for two dogs in Wales who have spent over 260 days in RSPCA care after being rescued from dilapidated farm premises in Ceredigion in January.

Female crossbreeds Lassie and Pippin, who are five and two-years-old respectively, have received months of care and rehabilitation at the charity’s Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre in Upper Colwyn Bay after having had little human interaction for most of their lives.

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Police dog who sniffed out drugs and firearms goes on to help adopter with mental health after retiring

A busy cocker spaniel who spent six years using her inquisitive nature and super nose to sniff out cash, drugs and firearms has gone on to continue helping people in her retirement; after helping her adopter’s mental health.

Cocker spaniel Milly was just 10-months-old when she joined Cheshire Police in April 2008 as a sniffer dog. The busy little dog was gifted to the police by her family who struggled to cope with her energy after having a baby.

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Police dog who helped get his handler back on her feet has to learn to walk again after being injured in crash

When police dog handler Louise McMullen was bed-ridden for six months and told she’d never work again she thought her career was over. But two years later she was back on the beat with her loyal dog Wolfie by her side.

And, just a few years later, she’d be by his side when he had to learn to walk again after being injured in a dramatic police chase crash.

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Loveable rescue puppy faces race against time to complete his bucket list due to rare heart defect

Opie who is just weeks old is facing a life cut short due to a heart defect but his foster carer is hoping he can first complete his ‘puppy bucket list’.
Heartbroken Opie may look like an ordinary labrador puppy but sadly he suffers from Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia - a rare heart defect which means his life is likely to be cut short.

14-week-old Opie was rescued by the RSPCA in July with 35 other dogs, including many other labrador puppies, from cramped and unsuitable conditions in East Sussex.

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RSPCA appeals to find home for nervous golden oldie who has been in the charity’s care for more than a year

Ten-year-old terrier Doris is looking for her forever home

The RSPCA is appealing to find a special forever home for senior dog Doris who came into the charity’s care over a year ago after her previous owner sadly died.

Ten-year-old Jack Russell cross Doris is being cared for at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Centre in Buckinghamshire.

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251 - grappling with dog issues and guess the dog news story

In this podcast, Julie and Jenny grapple with the dog issues of the day - they discuss some popular google searches anyway. Plus play guess how the dog story ends. So what happened to the dog with cancer in his leg, and the dog who failed as an explosives sniffer dog? Plus will I see my dog in heaven, where should my dog sleep, should my dog wear a coat, does my dog need a seat belt. Pick up some science on the way - what are R&K species?

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.