Battersea’s Heather and Helen mew with delight as namesakes win Olympic gold

12 AUGUST 2016

Two of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s tiniest residents, Heather and Helen, had their eyes glued to the cattery TV for the women’s pairs Olympic rowing final on Friday.
The kittens, who were named in honour of 2012 Olympic Champions Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, had their paws firmly crossed for the pair to retain their title, as their namesakes nudged carefully into the starting blocks for the final. 

And they were not disappointed, with mews of delight coming from the Battersea cattery as Stanning and Glover led from the start in the entire 2000 metre course, beating the New Zealand pair by half a length in the coxless pair final. 
The pawsome furry pair were brought into Battersea as strays, after they were found by a member of the public in her garden. Since then, they’ve proved themselves to be pretty sporty. Their daily workout consists of climbing up cages, vaulting over volunteers, and running around their pens at record breaking speeds. The duo have even tried out rowing and are working to purrfect their stroke to become Olympic pros like Stanning and Glover – although neither were keen to sit on bow wow side.
Battersea’s Head of Catteries, Lindsey Quinlan said: “As soon as they arrived at Battersea, it was clear these little moggies had Olympic potential. Heather and Helen are constantly on the go and have enough energy to rival any Olympic rower. Like most kittens, they’ll need homes where their owners have the time to train them up, so they can become the spec-cat-ular feline sport stars they were born to be.”
“But our Olympians can’t afford to be overtaken by the competition! It’s kitten season at the moment, so we’re seeing a lot of athletic little ones like Helen and Heather coming into Battersea. Who knows – maybe their GB namesakes will fall for their irresistible charms!”

If you can offer Heather, Helen or any of our other kitten or cat athletes a home, please contact Battersea on 0800 001 4444 or visit 
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Notes to editors  

  • Duo Heather Stanning and Helen Glover won gold in the London Olympics and are also the current defending European and World champions in the women’s coxless pair event 
  • Battersea was invited to wish the British Rowing team at Rio good luck on the water and you can see that video here 
  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. 
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. 
  • In 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time. 
  • We have over 1200 volunteers. In 2015 volunteers dedicated over 73,000 hours to Battersea.
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