Good News Roundup - Friday 24th April
24 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.
Here’s our rundown of positive and fun things from the last seven days across Battersea and beyond.
Abandoned golden oldie Charlie gets his smile back thanks to staff at Battersea Old Windsor
An elderly dog found tied to a bench in Surrey is all smiles as he recovers from his ordeal at Battersea Old Windsor, while staff continue to care for animals amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Charlie, an 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, was found abandoned and alone on Chobham Common and brought into Battersea by a passerby. Staff soon discovered his teeth were in awful condition and they had no choice but to extract most of them to help him eat without pain.
Despite this, Charlie is now all smiles. Hannah Gee, Team Leader at Battersea Old Windsor, said: “We’ll never really know what happened to Charlie, but he has shown to be a resilient and gentle little dog. Charlie is a bundle of energy despite his age and just loves to play with tennis balls and toys.”
Charlie already has a home lined up, but if you would like to rehome a Battersea dog or cat, fill in an application. Battersea is resuming rehoming in line with Government approved guidelines and will be following all safety procedures closely.
Newborn kitten Daffodil springs into life thanks to foster carers’ quick thinking
The country may be in lockdown, but the unconditional care of Battersea’s foster carers remains unfaltering. Husband and wife team, Nikki Danford and Peter Browne, had to think on their feet recently when their pregnant foster cat, Lola, got into difficulty giving birth to her litter.
Having looked after more than 300 cats and kittens for Battersea over the years, Nikki and Peter were happy to provide a temporary home for Lola, who arrived at our Old Windsor centre heavily pregnant, after being found living as a stray in a garden.
But the veteran foster carers were in for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry when Lola began giving birth in their West Sussex home.
When the third kitten of the litter arrived, Nikki and Peter could tell something was wrong. Kittens are born inside the birthing sac, which the mother cat must lick open before stimulating the kitten to breathe independently. But try as she might, the sac containing kitten number three was proving impenetrable for Lola.
Nikki says, “The kitten was lying there in the sac, lifeless, while Lola tried frantically to open it, but we knew she had to concentrate on the impending arrival of kitten number four.
“Peter realised what was happening and stepped in to help by gently removing the sac from around the kitten and rubbing his little chest until he came to life and, thankfully, started to breathe on his own.
“Lola is such a friendly cat, she didn’t mind us getting involved and handling her baby to give him the help he needed. I think she understood and, if she was able to, I think she would have said thank you.”
With kitten number three now breathing on his own, Nikki and Peter were able to watch the arrival of two more tiny bundles of fur. Once all five were safely delivered, there was only one theme ‘springing’ to mind when it came to thinking of names. Lola was now a proud mum to Primrose, Poppy, Tulip, Lily and, having quickly recovered from his dramatic arrival, little Daffodil (known affectionately as ‘Daff’).
As lockdown continues across the country, the couple are making the most of watching Lola’s litter grow into playful, confident kittens before they go to the new homes already lined up for them.
Nikki says, “I’m quite content sitting at home with the company of Lola and her beautiful babies lying on the couch while I prattle away on my keyboard. I try not to focus on the negativity and sadness currently taking over the world and instead just look at the little family I am blessed with being able to care for during these strange and surreal times. I’m just grateful we were there to help as I don’t think Daff would have made it otherwise.”
Is this the way to Battersea?
Ahead of BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief’s Big Night In, staff at all three of our Battersea centres joined in with their very own recreation of Peter Kay’s iconic video for (Is this the way to) Amarillo. There’s nothing like coming together for a bit of fun and a good cause, especially at the moment, and we hope you have as much fun watching it as our staff and animals did making it!