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Our celebrity supporters
has a very special place in the hearts of the nation. We
are proud to have wonderful celebrity supporters and Ambassadors and they all
share one very important passion – the dogs and cats in our care.
Our celebrity supporters help us in so many ways from rehoming one of our animals to give them a new loving home, attending one of our events such as the prestigious Collars & Coats Gala Ball, to supporting our important awareness campaigns. We are truly grateful to all the famous faces who give us so much of their time and energy. Their support makes an incredible difference to the work we do.
Our selection of stories and photos below feature just some of the high profile supporters who have given us their time and shown their support for the Home.
Our Ambassador Dame Jacqueline Wilson
We’re delighted that the world famous children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson has offered her full support to Battersea by becoming our latest Ambassador.
Jacqueline is one of the nation’s favourite authors, and her books are loved and cherished by young readers not only in the UK but all over the world. She has sold over 35 million books in the UK. It was during Dame Jacqueline’s first trip to Battersea, over three years ago, she fell in love with and rehomed a cat called Jacob who was found wandering the streets as a stray. Jacqueline is extremely passionate about the work we do and regularly attends our events including our Annual Reunion and Collars & Coats Gala Ball.
Our Ambassador Paul O'Grady
Paul inspired an entire nation to fall in love with Battersea’s homeless dogs so we were absolutely delighted when he joined us a formal Ambassador and broke his very own ‘canine contract’ by becoming the proud owner of a Battersea pup he’s named Eddie.
The immensely popular presenter has taken millions of television viewers on a journey behind the scenes at Battersea in the ITV1 series ‘Paul O Grady: For The Love Of Dogs’ and with his warmth, humour and dedication, he is already proving to be a wonderful Ambassador for the charity’s thousands of abandoned and unwanted animals.
Our Ambassador David Gandy
In March 2012, we proudly announced our first ever celebrity Ambassador - internationally renowned male supermodel David Gandy. David is a keen animal lover and despite his extensive modelling commitments worldwide, he is a frequent visitor to Battersea’s iconic London site and a passionate supporter of the Home’s vital animal welfare work.
David has offered his full support to champion the work of Battersea and we’re truly grateful for all the time and commitment he gives us.
Nothing makes us happier than seeing our dogs and cats leave us when they find their loving new home and we’re delighted that over the years, we’ve become well known for our celebrity and VIP rehoming.
In March 2013, stand-up comic and actor Alistair McGowan and his fiancée Charlotte Page rehomed six month old kitten Timmy. Tiny Timmy was found at only seven weeks old next to a supermarket recycling centre and brought into the London rescue with his four brothers and sisters in December. Alistair said "We were so excited about collecting Timmy, it felt like Christmas morning!"
In January 2013 radio DJ Lauren Laverne visited the Home and rehomed two kittens, after they were born under a building and abandoned by their mother when they were just one day old. Lauren said: “All of us are real animal lovers and the kittens will be our first family pets. We can’t wait to get them settled in.”
No 10 Downing Street
In January 2011, we rehomed Larry the cat to No 10 Downing Street, instantly making Larry one of the most famous cats in the country. Since taking up his role as chief mouser at No.10 Larry has been busy greeting VIPs, including American President Barack Obama and even released a book called ‘The Larry Diaries: Downing Street - the First 100 Days’. He has also become something of a media star making regular appearances in the world’s press.
In March 2012, Magic FM DJ, Neil Fox and his family rehomed Bonzo a Shih Tzu/Jack Russell cross puppy. Neil said “as soon as we saw his photo we knew he was the perfect dog for us and he’s just adorable.”
Amanda rehomed staffie Nancy in March 2012 and has well and has truly settled into family life. Amanda has always had wonderful memories of the Home, since a childhood experience: “As a child finding my lost dog, safe in Battersea dogs home, I knew of the joy they could bring and of the work that went on. There are so many adorable abandoned cats and dogs needing homes it's impossible to ignore. We didn't choose Nancy. She chose us. And that's the way it should be."
In February 2012, Channel 4’s Made in Chelsea star Cheska Hull rehomed a little Pomeranian cross called Evie who has since become a true star of the hit series!
The prolific Tweeter posted a photo of his new pooch on Twitter a couple of days later to over a million and a half followers saying: “Welcome Charlie Pug :))) we love him. He is a dude."
Earlier this year, actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales welcomed a cat named Hannah into their home. The acting duo visited the London site of the world-famous animal charity to find a new companion and instantly fell in love with one and a half year old Hannah who arrived at the Home after her owner fell ill and was no longer able to care for her.
Other very special friends of the Home who have given one of our animals
a loving new home include Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Sir Elton John, Joss
Stone, Kevin Spacey, Angela Hartnett and Lily Allen.
Special friends of the Home
Over the years we’ve seen hundreds of famous faces come through our gates. Sometimes to rehome one of our animals, sometimes to walk around the Home to get a better insight into the work we do here.
Ashleigh & Pudsey
Ashleigh and Pudsey took the nation by storm when they won the UK’s biggest talent show in 2012, Britain’s Got Talent. Ashleigh and Pudsey are both wonderful supporters of the Home and in September 2012, they attended the annual BGC Charity Day to help raise much needed funds for the Home.
In July 2012 we made history when footballer Michael Owen carried the Olympic flame through the Home.
On day 66 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Michael, who is a huge staffie fan, paid a special visit and was greeted by Battersea’s famous doggy Guard of Honour of over 50 Battersea dogs. And in a “first” during the two months the torch has been making its way around the UK, Michael as torch bearer was joined by a dog – Rory, a four year old Battersea Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Homeless dogs and cats were trying their best to hassle The Hoff for a new home after the Knight Rider and Baywatch star made a surprise visit to Battersea in February 2012.