Good News Roundup - Friday 5th June

05 JUNE 2020

These are turbulent times, so we’re sharing some of the positive things happening at Battersea with all our dogs and cats.

Gertie the cat sitting on window sill

We know that animals can be a source of great comfort during hard times so we hope it adds a bit of cheer to your day. Here’s our weekly rundown of happy stories and fun things from across Battersea and beyond.

Gorgeous Gertie gets her spring back

The beautiful Gertie came back to us at Battersea earlier this year after her owners’ circumstances sadly changed. Staff who remembered Gertie from her first stay with us knew her as a friendly, cuddly cat but all the changes meant she now preferred to keep herself to herself. After going on foster to give her a chance to settle, everyone had their fingers crossed that Gertie would relax back into her former social self. With lots of care and patience, foster carer Warren and his family bided their time and we were delighted to hear this week that Gertie has started to interact with people in the house and even get on their laps! Such great news, and thank you Warren for sending us this beautiful picture of Gertie feeling the sun on her back.

Jock the Staffie gets himself in a flap. (Literally)

Getting safely outside into the recent sunshine has been an exciting prospect for lots of people, but none more so than Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Jock! Jock had to be rescued by firefighters this week after making a hasty bid for the garden and getting his head stuck in the household cat flap. Try as he might, there was no getting his head back through, but undeterred Jock simply forced his way outside taking the cat flap with him. North Yorkshire fire and rescue were called and after sedation by a vet Jock was released unharmed and intact, although we bet his pride was a little bruised.

Staffy with his head stuck in a catflap

(Picture: North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service/SWNS)

Bandit bounds off to his new home!

Bouncy boy Bandit came into Battersea as a stray earlier this year and was eagerly awaiting a new home with lots of space to play in. Then came lockdown and as with lots of our animals we were unsure when we would be able to send Bandit off to a lovely new home, but luckily the wonderful Leggett family fell in love after having some virtual introductions. As restrictions eased and guidelines were brought in by the government to allow us to rehome safely and without contact, staff were finally able to drop Bandit off at his new family home. As you can see from the picture it was smiles all round and well worth the wait. We wish you all the best Bandit!

Bandit with his new family


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