Good News Roundup - Friday 23rd October

23 OCTOBER 2020

In these uncertain times, we’re sharing our weekly 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.

MUDDY OR NOT, HERE WE COME!

From the 17th to the 23rd October we’ve been asking all of you to step up and take the Muddy Dog Challenge in your own way. Thousands of amazing people have taken part (and some have got very, very muddy!) and we’ve absolutely loved seeing all the before, during and after photos of your runs, walks and jogs. There’s still a few hours to sign up and get involved and don't forget to share your finisher photos on Facebook and Instagram using #MuddyDogChallenge tagging Seresto UK to show us how you got on! Our supporters Seresto are kindly donating £1 to support our dogs and cats for every photo shared and will be sending goody bags to their 20 favourite pictures, so make sure to tag them for a chance to win!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

160th Anniversary Tweet

Did you know, it’s our 160th birthday this month? While we haven’t been able to have the big celebrations we would have liked, we’ve still been enjoying looking back on all the amazing people and incredible milestones that have got us to this point. Don’t miss the run-down of memories from each of our decades over on our Twitter channel, and if it’s your ears you’d like to exercise rather than your eyes, check out the two-part Battersea special of the A Dog’s Life podcast with Anna Webb - last week she chatted to our Vet Director Shaun Opperman, and this week it’s the turn of Spencer Wisdom, our Head of Legacies giving some fascinating insight into all the ways the charity has survived and adapted in the face of many different obstacles in our 160 years.

CAT’S THREE YEAR ABSENCE REALLY TAKES THE BISCUIT

Biscuit the cat on owners lap

Credit: PA

Intrepid feline Biscuit has delighted his owners this week after being returned home 3 years since he went missing. After vanishing from the family’s home in Cambridgeshire around Christmas time in 2017, the Bigland family had all but given up hope that Biscuit would ever come back to them. But then the call from a local vet informed them Keith and Sue that their fluffy, now 14-year old cat had been handed in after being spotted in the local area. Biscuit originally belonged to Keith’s mother, and after her death his disappearance was made all the more heartbreaking. Now though, the couple are hoping to make up for lost time and spend many more years with him as he readjusts to family life. For more on Biscuit’s escapades, head to the Evening Standard website.

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