Battersea’s loneliest dog Bud finally finds his forever-home after over 1000 days without a family, thanks to Paul O’Grady
He became known as Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s unluckiest dog- but Greyhound cross Bud’s story has finally had a fairy-tale ending thanks to Paul O’Grady.
Bud had been looking for a home for nearly three years, but his luck finally changed for the better when he was rehomed by the Corns family, who spotted him on Battersea’s ITV series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs.
Ian Corns and his family, who live in Kingswinford in the West Midlands, answered Paul’s personal appeal on the programme for a home for Bud, who is Battersea’s longest-stay dog.
Whenever a Battersea dog has appeared on the programme still needing a home, the show’s millions of UK viewers have always responded in their droves.
Ian said: “When I saw Bud on the Battersea programme I couldn’t stop looking at him. His character shone through and he reminded me so much of our old Collie-cross Rune. We called Battersea Old Windsor and they arranged for us to come and meet him. Now we’ve got Bud we can’t believe he’s been looking for a home for so long. He fits in so well already. He loves being involved in whatever the family is doing and we’ve all fallen in love with him.”
The series finale of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs is on this Thursday at 8:30pm and the show’s famous host said he is thrilled to hear Bud had been rehomed.
Paul O’Grady said: “I can’t think of a better way to end the series than with knowing Bud has found a family. It broke my heart to think that he might spend a fourth Christmas without a home, so I’m over-the-moon to hear he’ll be surrounded by love this festive season. Bud is such an amazing dog and he deserves to have a happy ending to his story.”
Bud came into Battersea in November 2013, because his owners’ circumstances changed and they were no longer able to take care of him.
He spent years in kennels before going out on foster with two of Battersea’s volunteers, to give him some stability while he waited for his forever-home.
Battersea Old Windsor Centre Manager Kaye Mughal said: “Since Bud arrived at Battersea the charity has rehomed over 5500 dogs, yet Bud was constantly being overlooked and we were at a loss to understand why. He’s such a wonderful dog with a great personality. But as soon as Bud appeared in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs the phone started ringing off the hook. When we spoke to Ian and his family everything seemed to click into place- they’re a great match for him.”
Fans of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs will be able to see more of Bud’s rehoming story on the show’s Christmas special on ITV.
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You can find photos of Bud and his new family here.
Notes to editors
- Paul appealed for a home for Bud on Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Thursday 6 October at 8:30pm on ITV.
- Bud’s rehoming story will also be featured on the Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’ Christmas special.
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has three centres. In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
- 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.
- The average stay at Battersea is 30 days for a dog and 22 days for a cat
- Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
- In 2015, across its three centres, the Home cared for over 8000 animals, including nearly 5000 dogs and over 3000 cats
- Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time.
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0870 890 0000.
- For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk.