New ITV1 series - Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs starts Monday

ITV1's new primetime seven-part series 'Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs' will show Paul getting to know the staff and dogs here at Battersea. He discovers the funny, emotional, and inspiring stories that unfold at the Home.

29 August 2012
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Each 30-minute episode of the series, which starts next Monday on ITV1 at 8pm, follows Paul as he finds out what it takes to look after 6,000 dogs a year. Paul is determined to get stuck in as he helps with everything from scrubbing kennels, hand rearing puppies to rehoming dogs. 

Paul spent just over two months at our London centre and got to know everyone here at Battersea. He says: “This has been one of the nicest jobs I've ever had. Everybody knows Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, it’s one of the jewels in London’s crown and it’s a joy to be there; I feel so at home. I’m hoping that people will watch this programme and see what a happy, professional environment it is. There is humour, sadness, pathos, genuine concern – it’s going to be different to everything else that’s on the telly.”

Viewers will be able to follow a number of dogs’ stories and see how staff and volunteers care for them as they search for a new home. 

Battersea’s Chief Executive Claire Horton says: “It was an honour to welcome Paul to Battersea and bring him into our team. He helped with every aspect of our work, from greeting timid dogs as they first arrived, to walking current residents and finding homes for some of our most needy dogs. Battersea is a fantastic charity to be part of and Paul really enjoyed his time with us. We are hoping the series will give the nation an insight into what goes on behind our famous gates.”

Although he immerses himself into the positive work the charity does, Paul is also forced to confront the heart-breaking reality of stray dogs cast out on the streets and those left starving and mistreated. “I think a lot of people are going to be amazed when they see the series,” Paul says. “All the family can watch it together, and you don’t even have to be a dog lover. It’s a very happy show, but there are some very sad bits too."

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