Good News Roundup - Friday 6th November

06 NOVEMBER 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.

Let's talk Paw-litics!

Wilbur the Mayor

In a week of intense political activity, there has finally emerged a clear winner. The people of Rabbit Hash, a small town in Kentucky have elected 6-month-old puppy Wilbur as their new Mayor. Owned by resident Amy Noland, Wilbur succeeds Mayor Brynneth Pawltro, a pitbull, who was elected in 2016. And who could pass up a candidate with the tagline “Give me liberty or give me, milkbones.”

The town of fewer than 500 residents has elected four mayors in its history, all of them dogs, and each “election” serves as a fundraiser for the town’s historical society, which maintains buildings and oversees town events, meaning all money raised goes back into the town.

Ms Noland told NBC News that Wilbur is dealing with the stress of being the mayor quite well. ‘He’s done a lot of interviews locally,’ she said. ‘He’s had a lot of pets, a lot of belly scratches and a lot of ear rubs.’

There's nothing 'crazy' about caring

Grace Know and her hearing dog Amy

Credit: Grace Know / BBC

97-year-old Grace Know, of Wrexham, Wales, who is profoundly deaf and has to use mobility aids, has raised more than 10 times her original target walking for over eight miles as part of the ‘Virtual Great British Dog Walk.’ Grace says she was called "crazy" when she first decided to raise £100 but has now raised more than £1,000 to help the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People to train more "life-changing" dogs, just like her own hearing dog Amy.

Social distancing rules in Wales meant the annual event had to be held virtually, and the charity encouraged households and bubbles to participate separately and safely. Ms Know stuck to all the rules and arranged to have an escort to walk the eight miles (12.8km) with her over a series of walks. When asked about her motivation for the challenge, Grace said: "If you ask me, 'what does Amy mean to you?' - I would tell you that she is my life." We’re rooting for you Grace and Amy!

Homeward hound

Koba enjoying himself on the beach, tennis ball in mouth

We were equal parts sad and delighted to say goodbye to Koba this week as he headed off to his loving new home! Energetic young Koba came into our care as his owner could no longer look after him. After some surgery on his cruciate ligament, Koba received all the rest and TLC (and eventually, gentle beach walks!) he needed from his foster carer, Rehoming and Welfare Coordinator Andy.

His new family has already been in touch to tell us how well he is settling in, and are very excited for their future together. From surgery, to behavioural support, all the way through to fostering and rehoming, Koba is a great example of how all departments at Battersea work tirelessly together to help animals find loving new homes, no matter how long it takes.


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