Competitive canines pawing for gold: Meet Battersea’s Olympic stars

04 AUGUST 2016

From long jumping Lurchers to hounds that can hurdle, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are supporting the GB Team with their very own squad of animal athletes ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio next week.  

To celebrate the world’s biggest sporting spectacle, the world renowned charity are hoping their canine champions will win gold this summer and jump, swim or dive their way into new homes across the capital. Among the winning waggy tails is six year old Beau, Battersea’s ‘Sky’s the Limit’ high jumper. This 7 year old bouncy Springer Spaniel is a whirlwind of energy and is unstoppable when it comes to playing ball. He has a jump as extraordinary as his personality and is looking for active owners who are as enthusiastic about exercise as he is.  

Hero ‘The Hulk’ is a 7 year old Pug Beagle cross and has a passion for weightlifting. This quirky little guy prefers to train with his dog toys in quieter surroundings, so would be best suited to a home in a less built up area, without too much hustle and bustle. After being at Battersea for over 160 days he’s one of their longest stay residents and is desperate to show off his weightlifting skills to a new family soon.

Battersea’s sensational swimmer - Tia ‘she don’t do doggy paddle’ Dogue de Bordeaux is a 3 year old gentle giant. Tia loves nothing more than a paddling pool to practise her swimming skills although there may need to be a pitstop to refill the tank once she’s splashed her way through it!  

Ria ‘The Brains’ is a 1 year old Border Collie and the ultimate hound for hurdles. A true working Collie at heart, she still has a few more hurdles to jump over before she’s ready for her new home but is looking forward to having an owner who can entertain both her energy and intelligence.   

Taz the ‘Thunderbolt’ Lurcher has most surely secured a mutt medal this summer for his super long jumping ability.  When he’s not stretching his legs and practising his jump in the sand this loving Lurcher is a big champion of cuddles. The finish line is in sight for Taz as his winning streak has seen Battersea staff pass the torch to new owners for him already. 

This paw-some team all arrived at Battersea after their owners could no longer care for them and are looking for a front row seat in a loving new home to tune into the Olympic Games this summer. Our animal athletes are powered by Mars Petcare UK who are proud to be Battersea’s preferred nutritional partner, providing the Home with Pedigree and Whiskas and helping to feed Battersea's very own four legged GB stars.

If any of these canine champions win gold for you and you can offer them a home please contact Battersea on 0800 001 4444 or visit  

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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 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. 
  • We have over 1200 volunteers. In 2015 volunteers dedicated over 73,000 hours to Battersea.
  • 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 
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