Battersea’s Peaty is backing his namesake for more Olympic glory

12 AUGUST 2016

There’s one young Battersea boy who can’t wait to see Adam Peaty’s next race at the Rio Olympics following his sensational swimming gold medal and world record for Team GB.

Peaty the dog, named after Olympic breaststroke swimming champion Adam Peaty, is setting his canine clock in Battersea’s kennels and hoping his alarm won’t wake up his fellow four legged companions this weekend as this patriotic pooch doesn’t want to miss the Medley relay final in the early hours of Sunday morning when the Uttoxeter swimmer and his three team mates race for relay gold. 

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home named the six year old Staffie after Adam Peaty in recognition of 
Adam’s historic achievements. Peaty the pooch is a paw-some boy and was brought to Battersea as a stray after he was found wandering the streets of London. Like his namesake, who is also from Staffordshire, the world renowned charity are hoping their canine champion also strikes gold this summer and lands himself a winning place in a loving new home.      

Battersea’s Director of Communications Dee McIntosh said: “Peaty the dog is a courageous and competitive character who’s lovable and very affectionate. He may prefer doggy paddle to breaststroke but just like any swimmer, this excitable and energetic chap will need further training so he can achieve his full potential. Battersea takes in nearly 5,000 dogs every year so Peaty has got some ruff competition to stand out from his canine competition just like his Olympic namesake.   

Dee continued: “Who knows, maybe Battersea’s own Olympic champion can find his new home before the Games are over. After coming into our centre as a stray, this super dog really deserves a second chance at life. Here at Battersea, we’re wishing Adam Peaty and his team mates lots of luck for the Medley relay this weekend. All our staff, volunteers and four legged friends are all behind Team GB and we just hope that naming our super Staffie Peaty after an Olympic champion will help spur the team on to win even more medals! ” 

If Peaty wins gold for you and you can offer him a home please contact Battersea on 0800 001 4444 or visit  

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Notes to editors  

  • Adam Peaty’s gold was the first GB men’s swimming gold since Adrian Moorhouse in 1988 at the Seoul Olympics. 
  • During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home named a dog or cat after every GB gold medallist. Battersea also honoured every Home Nations gold medallist by renaming dogs or cats after them during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 
  • 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.
  • 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 0207 627 7883. 
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit 
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