Good News Roundup - Friday 17th April

17 APRIL 2020

It’s that time of the week again! With lots of cancelled plans and uncertain times for everyone at the moment, we’re sharing some of the good things happening at Battersea with all our dogs and cats and in the hope it adds a bit of cheer to your day.

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Here’s our rundown of positive and fun things from the last seven days across Battersea and beyond.

Giant Rescue Dog Billy Takes over Battersea

With our gates currently closed to the public for the first time in our 160-year history, Battersea has a core team of brilliant staff working hard at all three of our sites to ensure our dogs and cats are receiving the care they need. One unusual resident has also been lending a helping paw, busy ensuring that everything is still running smoothly: Billy the Bully Kutta.

Two-year-old Billy came to Battersea from a partner charity who had taken him in as a stray. It was clear that Billy had been through a lot in his short life, arriving at our gates with cropped ears- a procedure that is illegal in the UK.

When he first arrived at Battersea, Billy was nervous around new people and new situations. But, thanks to our staff, his confidence is growing and he has now taken it upon himself to check in on the day-to-day running of our London centre.

From manning the security gates, to answering calls on reception and even checking in on the food stock, Billy has proven that he is worth his 52kg weight in gold.

Nathalie Ingham, Canine Behaviour and Training Manager at Battersea, said:

“With many of our staff unable to come in due to the current lockdown guidelines, Billy has really stepped up to the mark to help us keep Battersea running as smoothly as possible during these uncertain times.

“Although he may look a little intimidating due to his giant size, he’s really showing himself to be a very friendly, personable dog adapting to a variety of situations.

“Battersea has currently paused rehoming applications due to the current lockdown, so Billy will be helping us out here for a little bit longer before he can find a home.”

Read the article about Billy on The Metro.

Watch the video of Billy

Knitting for charity!

You can help Battersea by donating knitted items.

Any and all support is greatly appreciated in these uncertain times, and for lots of people, activities like knitting or crochet can be a calming way to pass the time. Just ask our regular group of Knitting Kittens volunteers! Prima magazine is kindly encouraging readers to use their newfound additional spare time to knit or crochet for 8 different charities, including our animals here at Battersea:

View the knitting patterns on Prima.
Find out how to send in your knitted items.

Battersea welcomes the introduction of Lucy's Law

Battersea welcomes the introduction of Lucy's Law

After years of campaigning by Battersea and other animal charities, new legislation was finally introduced that will hopefully improve the lives of dogs and cats across the country. Most commonly known as ‘Lucy’s Law’, this legislation will potentially save thousands of animals from suffering at the hands of puppy farmers by making it illegal for anyone to get a young pet from anywhere other than a reputable breeder or rescue centre. Excellent news!

We've gone to the dogs

Like the rest of the world, a lot of Battersea staff are still working from home, and sure enough our animal coworkers are still keeping us in check. Foster dog Ollie is keeping Campaigns Officer Jo updated with regular requests for snuggles, while Bella is making sure Email Marketing Officer Caitlin has got the memo about lunchtime being moved to right now. Meanwhile, Performance Marketing Officer James is apparently running roughly 30 seconds late for designated frisbee time with Grace.

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