Battersea’s unluckiest animals hoping for a change of fortune this St Patrick’s Day

16 MARCH 2017

It’s no secret that the dogs and cats who end up at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are looking for a lucky charm, but four animals in particular have been down on their fortunes.

Cats Paddy and Tiger, Greyhound Beauty and Jack Russell Terrier Jenson, have all had a string of bad luck, but they’re crossing their paws that this will change and the stars will align for them this St Patrick’s Day.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Centre Manager Robert Young said: “There are some animals who come into Battersea whose stories really tug on your heartstrings - like poor Beauty, who’s been here twice through no fault of her own, and Tiger the cat who went through a terrible time as a stray. But here at Battersea we look to change animal’s fortunes for the better, so we’re hoping we can help our four unluckiest animals find their perfect family.” 

Meet Battersea’s four most unfortunate residents looking for a home at the end of the rainbow this St Patrick’s Day. 


Named after Ireland’s Patron Saint, Paddy needs the luck of the Irish after he was found as a stray. A kind person brought poor two-year-old Paddy into Battersea where he has been getting some love and attention while he waits for a new home. Despite this hiccup in life, this black and white Domestic Short-hair is a confident and charming boy who loves people and is looking for a friendly new home.


Poor Jenson is the longest-stay resident at Battersea’s London centre. This one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier arrived more than three months ago because his owners could no longer look after him and he’s been searching for his perfect family ever since. Like leprechauns, this cheeky young Terrier is a vibrant, friendly lad who loves people and is always up for a game. He’s a super clever boy who knows plenty of tricks and is looking for owners who will put his sharp mind to good use with further training. Jenson’s hoping for an active home with experienced Terrier owners. If you think you could be the one to turn Jenson’s bad luck around, please get in touch.


Tiger came into Battersea after a member of the public found him lost and terrified in a local park, where a group of children had been throwing rocks at him. The good Samaritan took the 11-year-old cat home and tried and failed to find his owners, before bringing the Domestic Short-hair into Battersea. Tiger has fully recovered from his harrowing ordeal but he’s still seeking that pot of gold. Can you offer this affectionate old gentleman a warm home to spend his twilight years? 


Gentle Greyhound Beauty has been down on her luck, as this is her second time at Battersea. This speedy girl raced over 110 races in her career but found herself in the world-famous shelter after she retired from her life on the track in January. A few weeks later this lovely four-year-old went home with a new family but, sadly for Beauty, her new owners quickly realised they weren’t ready for a dog and she was brought back to the shelter. This lovely lady is in real need of a little luck – she’s looking for a second home and this time she’s hoping it will be forever.

You can download photos and a video of our unluckiest dogs and cats here

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Notes to editors 

  • 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 2016 the Home cared for over 7000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 270 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • In 2016 26% of dogs and 32% of cats arrived as strays.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 35 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK.
  • 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.
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