Battersea Dogs & Cats Home London centre takes in its 1000th dog for the year

13 JUNE 2016

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has taken in its 1000th dog since the beginning of the year, a four year old Akita, fittingly named Legend.

Legend was well-loved by a caring family but was handed in to the world-famous animal charity because of his owner’s allergies. Now this playful and affectionate male is ready to find new owners.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home cares for more than 5000 dogs a year across its three centres, with an average of 13 dogs arriving every day.

Two thirds of the dogs arriving at the Home are taken in after their owners are no longer able to care for them.

Rob Young, London Centre Manager at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said: “Last year alone Battersea Dogs & Cats Home received more than 15,000 calls from owners who were looking at giving up their dogs. On top of this we received more than 18,000 emails.”

“We see a number of reasons why owners can no longer look after their pets. Some of these reasons include illness, moving home and a change in circumstances just to name a few. While we understand there are genuine reasons people are forced to give up their pets, it’s important to realise homing an animal is a full-time commitment. The dogs and cats we take in at Battersea need owners who are dedicated to their pets and we will endeavour to find new caring owners for Legend and all of the animals here at Battersea.”

With less than half the year over, Battersea continues to open its doors to every cat and dog in need of help, caring for them until loving new homes can be found.

Legend is available for rehoming and is looking for a family who has time to play with this boisterous dog and can give him plenty of love.

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Notes to editors

  • In 2015 Battersea cared for over 8000 (8421) animals including nearly 5000 (4868) dogs and over 3000 (3553) cats.
  • On average 13 dogs and 9 cats arrive at Battersea’s three centres every day.
  • Battersea rehomed nearly 6000 (5681) animals last year. An average of 7 dogs and 9 cats per day.