Battersea's werewolf has spent 300 days searching for a new home

30 OCTOBER 2019

Battersea’s very own ‘werewolf’ is trying to bust himself out of kennels this Halloween.

Larry, who bears a striking resemblance to the mythical creature, found himself in the care of Battersea’s Brands Hatch centre late last year after a change in his previous owner’s circumstances.   

The four-year-old has now spent nearly nine times longer at Battersea than the average dog. The average length of stay for a dog is just 35 days.

Battersea launched its new campaign, ‘Rescue is Our Favourite Breed’, earlier this month to celebrate rescue animals like Larry. Chloe Jackson, Canine Behaviour and Training Manager at Battersea, says: “Like all rescues, Larry has plenty of character and has a distinct cheeky side to him. He frequently has me laughing whenever we spend time together and he truly is one of a kind.”

Despite Larry’s likeness to the man-eating mythical beast, the resemblance is only skin deep. Chloe explains: “Being a German Shepherd cross with a big brown fluffy coat, he certainly shares the looks of a werewolf, but this is where the resemblance ends.

“Werewolves might be interested in chasing the moon, but the only thing Larry likes to chase is a tennis ball. Our handsome boy can be a little unsure of new people, but he has so much love to give once he gets to know you. He’s looking for a new owner to help show him how to be the best dog that he can be.”

Larry is seeking enthusiastic new owners who will know how to handle his size, strength and temperament.

He’s really looking for a quiet and adult-only home in a rural location, where he can continue his training and enjoy long walks. Larry is still working on his manners around new dogs, so is looking to be the only dog in the home.

Larry is just one of the unique and loving dogs and cats waiting for a new home at Battersea. Visit to find out more, or join the growing community of rescue lovers by using #RescueIsMyFavouriteBreed.


Notes to editors

  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 160 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • We believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need.
  • Battersea helps nearly 7,000 dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help thousands more animals all over the country and across the world.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 250 dogs and 120 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 35 days and 23 days for a cat.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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