Battersea dog Flash makes a courageous recovery, but is still without a home after 100 days

When you meet cuddly Lurcher Flash you would never guess what he looked like when he first arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor.  

The one-year-old arrived at the Home in an awful state, after he was found as a stray wandering the streets and brought in by a local council.

He was underweight with a severe, untreated skin condition which had left him with multiple sores, and a red-raw belly, face and legs. 

It’s been a long road to recovery but, after an operation and multiple skin treatments, Flash is now fighting fit. 

However, Flash is now facing a new hurdle, as he is struggling to find a family and has just passed the 100-day mark at Battersea without a home. 

Battersea Old Windsor Centre Manager Kaye Mughal said: “Flash was in a very bad way when he first arrived at Battersea and he’s been incredibly brave throughout his recovery. He has never once lost his affectionate and charming nature and his tail has kept wagging. He looks like a different dog now and when you see him running around you would never know he’s been through such a terrible time, he’s a beautifully natured chap. 

“But it’s very sad that on top of everything else he’s having such a difficult time finding a home and has now been with us for over 100 days. He really needs a family to come forward and give him the second chance at life he so desperately needs. He’s a young dog but he’s been through so much and we really want to see his luck change for the better. Flash is looking for a home where he is the only dog, with people who have experience of owning sighthounds.” 

While the average stay for a dog at Battersea is 30 days, Flash is one of nine dogs currently at the Old Windsor centre who have been at the charity for over 100 days.

Some of the Home’s other long-stay residents include Bluebell, a large, lovely natured two-year-old Mongrel who has been at Battersea for over a year; Bud, a gorgeous seven-year-old Lurcher, who is the Home’s longest-staying resident; Mable, an affectionate one-year-old mongrel; and Neo, a playful two-year-old Lurcher.   

To find out how you can rehome Flash or any of Battersea Old Windsor’s other long-stay dogs, please contact 01784 494 443 or email bow.rehomers@battersea.org.uk.

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For more information and images please contact Rebecca George on 020 7627 9333 or email r.george2@battersea.org.uk  

Notes to editors  

  • 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 rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK.
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk.