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RSPCA reveals beautiful brindles spend 50 per cent longer looking for a home

Our loving brindle dogs spend an average of 65 days looking for a furever family.

Over the last three years it has taken the RSPCA on average 41 days to find loving new homes for the dogs in our care - for brindle dogs this figure is 65 days.

Black and white dogs are the most frequently seen dogs in the RSPCA’s care and take on average 37 days to rehome, black and tan dogs come in second and take an average of 40 days to rehome and brindle dogs are third but take 65 days to find their new homes.


Battersea dogs celebrate kennel anniversary – with a plea for a new home

Two dogs at the Brands Hatch site of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are celebrating their anniversary of being in kennels – with an appeal for the right person to come forward and give them each a new home.

Four-and-a-half year old Jack Russell Jake was brought to Battersea in October, five months ago, by his owner who couldn’t look after him anymore. Jake is a lively and spirited little dog who will need an owner with a calm household and willingness to work on Jake’s behaviour.


Battersea's urgent call for doggy foster parents – could you help a homeless hound?

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is in urgent need of temporary foster carers for its abandoned dogs.

Every year, some 6,000 dogs come through Battersea’s doors, and many of them find kennel life to be a bewildering and stressful experience. For those who struggle the most, like Sandy, a foster family gives them to chance to settle in a peaceful, loving home while permanent owners can be found for them.


The Year of 52 Rescues

I've just discovered a wonderful idea that artist Elizabeth Ellis has
come up with. She's called it The Year of 52 Rescues, and throughout
2015 she'll be painting a picture of one adoptable animal who is
currently in a shelter. The hope is that this will help the animal find
a home, and will also shine a light on the plight of animals waiting
for their forever home.


Calling all talented canines for Battersea’s Got Talent

Dogs with the bow wow factor can show off their home-grown talent at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Annual Reunion next month.

The world-renowned rescue centre is inviting dog lovers to bring their clever canines to Battersea Park on Sunday 8 September to showcase their four-legged skills and practiced tricks in a new Battersea’s Got Talent competition. After three heats, the talent contest’s winner will be crowned in front of the thousands of spectators in the main ring at the annual family fun day sponsored by Petplan.


Sittingbourne family come to rescue of Battersea’s 1000th dog

A family from Sittingbourne, Kent have given a loving new home to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s 1000th dog of 2013.

The nine week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup named Emerald arrived at the world famous animal charity along with his six littermates because their owner could no longer care for them.

But it wasn’t long before precious little Emerald caught the eye of a new family, and was at Battersea for just eight days before finding a new home in Kent.


Skateboarding to a new home in Guildford – Maisy the Battersea dog that spent 431 days waiting for a new owner

A stray dog has been rehomed by Sally and Malcolm Crockford in Guildford, Surrey, after spending almost half her life in kennels. Maisy the Mongrel had been at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor in Berkshire for 431 days, making her the charity’s longest stay resident.

Maisy first arrived at the world famous charity on New Year’s Day, 2011. Like 55 per cent of dogs that come in to Battersea, two year old Maisy was brought in as a stray after she was found wandering the streets. She was at the charity 12 times longer than the average stay for a dog before finding her dream home.


‘Leftover Christmas present puppies’ dumped at Battersea on New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve five puppies were heartlessly dumped outside Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s centre at Old Windsor, Berkshire, and staff fear they may have been bred as Christmas presents but failed to sell. With no food or water and filthy coats, the 12 week old English Bull Terrier cross puppies were trapped inside a small box and were very scared and cold.


Paul O’Grady’s four-legged guide to Christmas and the New Year

As the nation prepares to tuck into turkey and Brussels sprouts, dog-lover Paul O’Grady has teamed up with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to give his top tips to ensure the country’s dogs and cats enjoy the fun-filled festivities.

Paul certainly knows how to plan a four-legged Christmas as he shares his home with six pigs, nine sheep, four owls, two goats, four dogs and an army of chickens. He will also be appearing in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas at 6pm on Christmas Day on ITV1, which is filmed at Battersea.


You’d better watch out…Paul O’Grady is coming to Battersea this Christmas!

Paul O’Grady and Battersea dogs will be bringing Christmas cheer to millions of households across the UK in an ITV1 special of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.

The one hour Christmas special once more welcomes viewers into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as dog loving presenter Paul O’Grady revisits the much loved animal charity and introduces a whole host of canine characters and new arrivals searching for a happy home.

Earlier this year viewers fell in love with Battersea when



275 - Controversial advice from Chloe Cavoodle: stop interactions with unknown dogs

Chloe Cavoodle is an assistance dog who posts all about her life in Sydney - her human, Liana, suggests we stop interactions with all strange dogs. Hear why! Plus hear the first chapter of Julie's book Crufts or Bust about Julie and Buddy's attempts to qualify for Crufts.

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.