Vote for Battersea in the National Television Awards

Battersea’s amazing ITV1 show, presented by Paul O’Grady, could be on the verge of winning a National Television Award – and you can make it happen, by voting for our special Home.

08 January 2013
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Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs has been shortlisted in the Factual Entertainment section of the NTAs, so we’ll be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Downton Abbey and Coronation Street as the nation decides on its favourite shows.

It’s really easy to show your support of For the Love of Dogs. Simply click here to visit the website, go to the Factual Entertainment section and choose Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.

Then tune in to ITV1 this Wednesday when the awards ceremony is broadcast live from London’s O2 Arena – and find out whether Paul, Carmine, Bourbon, Benny, Sparkle and all your Battersea favourites win a top TV accolade.

The families of our canine stars are all backing us to win.

John Rooke, owner of Marcel the Staffie, said: "I think the series was so popular because we are a dog loving nation and of course Paul O'Grady is very good and presented the series so naturally. I was incredibly proud that Marcel was part of the series and it was great that it highlighted the work Battersea does, and how many dogs there are needing new homes."

Mark Oliver, owner of Sparkle the Staffie who is now called Amy said: "We loved the series, and everyone in our local pub where we take Amy was glued to it. She was one of the stars of the show and now wherever we take her she gets recognised, she's like a celebrity! Everyone I speak to watched the series and has said it was excellent. I think it really opened people's eyes up as you hear about dogs' homes like Battersea, but not everyone goes to visit one, so it gives people a real insight into what goes on. I am confident it will win the award."

Rachel Mailley, owner of Frank the Staffie, who competed in Crufts with Paul O'Grady, said: "It was a big honour for Frank to be asked to compete at Crufts with Paul, and the atmosphere on the day was fantastic, I was so proud to be part of it. The series really helped promote Staffies and I got a lot of really positive feedback about it, it has really helped change people's perceptions about the breed. It was such a fantastic series and everyone who watched it said it was great. I've had so many comments from people saying they wished each episode was longer, and hoping there will be another series, it undoubtedly deserves to win."

Oscar Zeida, owner of Comet the Staffie, who is now called Hugo, has voted for the show. He said: "I really hope it wins! It was great, and even if Hugo hadn't been in it we would have watched it. Paul O'Grady made everything so interesting and he is so watchable on screen. It was clear he wanted to be at Battersea and was fascinated by the work he saw. It really highlighted how great the Staffie breed is and so many people have commented on what lovely dogs were in the show. I think the show deserves to win because there is nothing else like it on TV, and the key for me was that you could go onto Battersea's website after each episode and find out more about how everything works, and the animals' stories."

Ian Tuckwell owner of Benny the Mongrel, who is now called Barney, said: "We all loved the show and everyone we know loved it. I think 99% of people have an affinity with dogs and in a show like this you always hope they will have a happy ending. I think the show was really well put together as it covered so many different dogs, with so many unique stories. I always thought most dogs at Battersea had been abandoned, but it highlighted all the other reasons animals come into the charity. I think everyone wants to see another series as it is so interesting. I voted for it to win ages ago, so really hope it does!"

Frazer Price and Alan Cronin who rehomed lovable duo Heidi and Oliver are also supporting our nomination. They said: Although we were very surprised to find we would be taking part in Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs, it proved to be an incredibly positive experience. Heidi and Oliver captured the hearts of the viewers and are regularly recognised. The series exudes warmth and heart and certainly deserves to win a National Television Award."

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