Battersea and the snow dogs

Our canine residents have been making the most of Britain's blizzard by leaving lots of pawprints in the snow which is currently covering our three sites.

21 January 2013
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Many of the 450 dogs at Battersea have had their first taste of snow today, such as six month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Hudson (pictured), who arrived at the Home as his owners could no longer care for him. Like Hudson, many of our dogs being walked will be wrapped up in handmade knitted pullovers sent in by the charity’s supporters to help keep them warm.

We have been caring for dogs and cats for over 151 years and take in around 9,000 animals a year. We're working hard to keep all of our dogs and cats warm in the big freeze by ensuring that there are lots of warm blankets in kennels. The smallest dogs are given the warmest kennels and dogs who are recovering in the clinic have special heaters to keep them warm. Battersea cats have heated beds to curl up on in the cattery and our volunteers are spending time with the animals keeping them active or cuddling them.

We're reminding people to take extra care of their pets during the cold weather and offering the following advice:

  • If your dog has a fine coat, for example a Greyhound or Staffordshire Bull Terrier, put a dog coat on them when you take them out to help keep them warm.
  • Salt and grit from roads and pavements can get in-between your dog’s paws so at the end of a walk, make sure you clean their paws.
  • Even though you might love the snow, it can be a new and strange thing for your dog so make sure you take it slowly with them if they are not used to it.
  • If your dog gets wet and muddy out on a walk, make sure you dry it off when you get home.
  • If you can’t take your dog out for a walk or it doesn’t want to go out in the snow, make sure you provide it with plenty of stimulating games to play indoors.
  • In snowy conditions visibility can be reduced, so make sure your dog has good recall as it won’t be as easy to see where it is.
  • If your dog has long hair, check their paws regularly when out on walks to make sure there's no snow compacted between their toes and dry them properly when you get home.

Carlton Spears, Battersea Operations Manager says: “Some dogs love playing in the snow but not all of our four-legged friends enjoy it. Here at Battersea we take extra care when taking our dogs out and about and it’s important to be extra vigilant with your pets this time of year as like us, they can feel the chill."

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