Good News Roundup - Friday 19th March

19 MARCH 2021

As we look to brighter times ahead, it’s the time of the week where we share our round-up of positive things happening at Battersea, as well as heartwarming dog and cat stories from the UK and beyond. We know that animals can be a great source of comfort so we hope it adds a bit of cheer to your day.

Battersea Live Cat Cam

WHO CAN YOU SPOT? LIVE FROM THE BATTERSEA CATTERY

There’s lots of hope on the horizon, and here at Battersea we decided what better way to brighten up what’s looking like the last stretch of lockdown, than by giving you around-the-clock access to some of the amazing cats in our London cattery! Carefully positioned webcams in the cattery at our Battersea London centre will allow people all across the country – and the globe - to tune in and spend some quality time with our cats while they wait to go to their new loving homes. The stream will run for two weeks from 15 March.

Rachel Saunders, Cattery manager, says: “After lots of careful planning, we’re so excited to switch the new Cat Cams on in some of our cattery pens at Battersea. Our key workers have continued to care for our animals tirelessly throughout lockdown and every single cat we’ve been able to help has brought us so much joy during a difficult time. We decided it was time to share our rescue cats’ antics with the world and hopefully put a smile on plenty of people’s faces as they while away the last few weeks of lockdown.

Battersea aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. Having been at the forefront of animal rescue and rehoming for 160 years, Battersea first started taking in cats in 1883 and we now have dedicated catteries at all three of our centres in London, Old Windsor, and Brands Hatch.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors have enjoyed spending time at our sites ever since, with many falling in love at first sight with their very own rescue pet. Sadly, Battersea was forced to close its famous gates to public visitors for the first time ever with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are all, both animals and humans, very excited at the prospect of being able to open those gates again in the coming months.

In the meantime, you can catch up with some of our sassy felines and watch our cattery livestreams.

YOUNG CAT ABANDONED WHILE PREGNANT GETS THE GIFT OF A NEW HOME FOR MOTHERS DAY

Ivy relaxing in foster home

After being found pregnant and abandoned in a cardboard box, one-year-old Ivy got the best mothers day present this week: a loving new home.

Named Ivy by Battersea staff, the one-year-old was discovered on a housing estate by a member of the public and brought to our Old Windsor centre.

Pregnant Ivy was then sent to stay with a foster carer who helped her through the birth and first few weeks as a mum of two kittens, Ivan and Ivana. Once Ivy and her offspring were ready to go their separate ways, our staff could finally find Ivy a loving new home.

Battersea’s Cattery Team Leader, Georgia Randall, said: “Ivy is such a sweet, sensitive girl and although it’s always a little sad to see our cats go after a long stay with us, we’re so happy that she has now gone to a new home where she will be a much-loved pet for many years to come. Despite her young age she proved herself to be a fantastic mum and now that her kittens have grown and gone on to new homes of their own, we hope this Mother’s Day she was able to put her paws up and receive the fuss and love that she deserves.

RESCUE IS OUR FAVOURITE BREED, AND HERE’S WHY

Rescue Is Our Favourite Breed Poster

When it comes to animals, rescue is our favourite breed, and we’re not afraid to shout about it! You may have seen one of our adverts popping up on your TV and laptop screens this week, and to celebrate all things rescue we’ve put together a whole load of activities, videos and stories that showcase all the best things about these amazing animals. From underdogs to top cats, rescue animals may not be perfect but they’re totally worth it, so head to the rescue is our favourite breed content hub for heartwarming animal stories, rescue animal colouring sheets, foster carer diaries, and lots more and find out exactly why rescue is our favourite breed.

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