Battersea Brands Hatch longest resident Theo finally finds his match

An unlucky Alaskan Malamute who had spent 759 days in kennels at Battersea Brands Hatch has finally seen his luck turn around after a couple from Oxfordshire fell in love with him. 

In September 2014, Theo was found wandering the streets of South West London. He was transferred to the Battersea site in the Kent countryside as the rural life would be much more suitable for a dog of his size. Unfortunately, he would be there patiently waiting for a new home for the next 24 months. 

All this changed when he was introduced to Holly and Danny Stepney based in Oxfordshire. The Stepneys describe him as the perfect fit for the family – not to mention that he is an absolute stunner! 

The Stepney’s journey with Theo started six months ago, when they first enquired about Theo and had planned a visit to Battersea’s Kent centre to meet him. Unfortunately, Holly was then rushed into hospital for surgery, and needed time to recover and it just seemed it wasn’t quite the right time.

During her recovery period, Holly admits that she checked the Battersea website regularly to check up on Theo: “We already have two little dogs, and with me recovering, we just didn’t think it would’ve been fair to adopt Theo when we couldn’t give him the proper attention that he needs. I explained to Battersea staff that if by the time I had fully recovered and lovely Theo was still at the Home, then we would still be interested. We were so surprised to find that he was still there though - I don’t know why – he’s amazing.”

Theo is now settling in well with his new family, and living a life of luxury in the idyllic Oxford countryside, alongside his two Jack Russell friends. Danny added: “Theo’s beautiful, crazy and stubborn, but such a lovable rogue! He’s enjoying all the space in the meadows during his walks and training. But he’s also very happy snuggling by my feet in his new comfy bed. He likes to steal half the sofa too!”

Theo will have a pawsome first Christmas this year in Snowdonia, where the whole family will go for lovely long walks and have some wonderful adventures. 

Dermot Rudd, Team Leader at Battersea Brands Hatch, commented: “It’s so great that Theo has finally got his happy ever after, it was certainly a long time coming. We’ll miss him a lot as he’s just so friendly and lovable, but we’re so glad to see him go off into the world and bring someone else the joy that he brought us whilst he’s been at Battersea.”

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Notes to editors  

  • Battersea Brands Hatch was opened in 1999.
  • The Brands Hatch centre typically cares for around 45 dogs and 30 cats at one time.
  • 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. 
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • 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. 
  • 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 www.battersea.org.uk. 
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