Good News Roundup - Friday 30th October

30 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.


Patrick Paw Minister Winner

Credit: © Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament

After weeks of campaigning from some of the nation’s greatest pawlitical minds, the search for Battersea’s Purr Minister 2020 is over. We are delighted to say that Patrick, belonging to Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, is the winner of the public vote.

Despite some fierce competition from his fellow ‘catidates’, Patrick’s ‘Manifursto’ pledges of ‘impurrtiality’, ‘a better work/mouse balance’ and ‘purrtection for all’ proved incredibly popular with the electorate.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons and Patrick’s proud owner, said: “While it is undoubtedly a bit of fun to receive this title for Patrick – and goodness knows we need it in these difficult times – I am so pleased it has been awarded by Battersea, whose work in helping animals in need is well known and deserves our full support.

A huge well done to Patrick and we look forward to seeing him make good on his ‘Manifursto’ promises!



As we near the end of our 160th birthday month Rehoming and Welfare Manager Rebecca MacIver spoke to Dogcast Radio about our special anniversary. From how Battersea began, to our famous supporters, the conversation even turned to how many poo bags we get through in a year! Can you guess how many? Listen to the episode to find out the answer!


Ruby the cat

Credit: Cats Protection

After his cat Ruby went missing over two years ago, Jordan Harvey from Bedfordshire didn’t think he’d ever see her again. But the letter from Cats Protection telling him Ruby had been found, which he thought was a hoax, turned out to be completely real as the pair were reunited this week. Found over 50 miles from home on an industrial estate in Coventry by security guard Leighton Myers, the five-year-old black cat was in good condition, and after three weeks of feeding her and letting her shelter in his car overnight, Mr Myers contacted the local Cats Protection to check for a microchip.

Sure enough, Mr Harvey’s details were listed, but after so many years the phone number and email address were understandably not up to date. Luckily, the address had remained the same, so after getting in touch to confirm the letter wasn’t in fact a hoax, Mr Harvey drove to Coventry and was reunited with Ruby on Wednesday night. The intrepid feline recognised him straight away and was as affectionate as ever, even after all this time. While we’ll never know what Ruby got up to on her adventures, we wish her and her family all the best for a less eventful future!


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