Dear Santa, I’ve been a very good dog: Battersea’s homeless hounds submit their Christmas wish list

With Christmas fast approaching, Battersea is getting into the festive spirit and staff at the world-famous charity have been helping some of the centre’s loneliest dogs pen some adorable letters to Santa.
 
It won’t come as much as a surprise that finding a home is top of the list for Darcy, Sally and their four-legged friends. These dogs are all hoping they won’t have to spend too much longer in Battersea’s kennels, and are asking Father Christmas' help in making their Christmas wish come true.
 
Battersea’s Rehoming and Welfare Manager Becky Fisher said: “We do everything we can to make Christmas as fun as possible for our dogs – we give them a special Christmas lunch, decorate the kennels and play carols to get them in the festive spirit. But it’s not the same as being in their own home - and we’re hoping these letters will help shine the spotlight on some of our dogs who face spending the festive season at Battersea, without a family.”
 
The dogs range from Mr Scruffy – a wiry-haired Mongrel, who’s hoping Santa will help him find owners who will look past his unusual hair do –  to Sally, a Greyhound who’s having trouble standing out from the crowd.
 
Meet some of our dogs who have certainly been good boys and girls and hope they’re on Santa’s list.
 
Mr Scruffy

Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is a home where someone will love me, even when I have a bad hair day. Can you please help me?
Love Mr Scruffy. 
 
Mr Scruffy is a Mongrel with big smile and an adorable, shaggy hair-style. He’s a high-energy Terrier who has been passed through a lot of homes before he came to Battersea. Mr Scruffy finds the world a bit overwhelming and he’s hoping to find a home in the country, with owners who will teach him to be the best dog he can be.
 
Sky
 
Dear Santa,
My name is Sky and I have been at Battersea for 120 days, which is a really, really long time. For Christmas, can I please have a family to love me?
Love Sky.
 
Sky is getting lonely in Battersea’s kennels, despite the best efforts of the staff to cheer her up. There’s still lots of energy left in this seven-year-old and she has many years of love left in her. She loves charging around with tennis balls and she’s a very cuddly girl, who lives for human affection. If you can answer Sky’s Christmas wishes, please get in touch with Battersea.
 
Darcy

Dear Santa,
For Christmas I would love a home with a garden of my own and I would also like someone to play with please.
Love Darcy.
 
Despite her hand-knitted Christmas jumper, Darcy’s finding it hard to get in the festive spirit. She really misses her old home and is hoping she’ll soon find new owners to love her. She’s a calm and affectionate dog, but she does have a stubborn streak and will need experienced owners to help teach her to mind her manners around other dogs. She’s a very smart girl who loves people and she’s going to make a wonderful, cuddly companion to whoever is lucky enough to take her home.
 
Sally
 
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want a comfy bed all of my own and someone who will snuggle with me.
Love Sally.
 
Poor Sally has found herself back at Battersea for a second time - through no fault of her own – and this former racer is in real need of a lucky break. She’s an affectionate and eager-to-please girl who loves people and hates being left by herself. Despite her gentle nature, this girl is having trouble standing out among the other dogs at Battersea. Could you be the one to help Sally find her Christmas miracle of a home?
If you would like to find more about Sally, Sky, Mr Scruffy, Darcy or any of Battersea’s other dogs, visit www.battersea.org.uk or call 0843 509 4444.
 
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​You can download photos of Mr Scruffy, Sky, Darcy and Sally with their Christmas letters here.
 
For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9333 or email press@battersea.org.uk
 
Notes to editors 
  • On Christmas day Battersea expects to care for 270 dogs and 200 cats.
  • Our London centre will celebrate Christmas with approximately 150 dogs and 100 cats.
  • Battersea hopes to give out 500 Christmas presents to the animals, which can be bought by supporters in our online shop at www.battersea.org.uk/shop
  • 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 2016 the Home cared for over 7,000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 270 dogs and 200 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 35 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • In 2016 26% of dogs and 32% of cats arrived as strays.
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk.
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @BDCH or facebook.com/Battersea