It’s back to school for these Battersea Greyhounds


Studious Greyhounds at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have been getting ready for a class of their own in the week that many face their first day back at school, including His Royal Highness Prince George who starts school nearby in Battersea tomorrow.
The eager four-legged students who are currently in Battersea’s kennels have equipped themselves with a new supply of stationery and have been studying hard all summer. They’ve already set their sights on passing the first term with flying colours in the hope that someone will see their potential and take them home.

Rob Young, Centre Manager at Battersea London, commented: “Battersea is getting ready for the start of term this week where our dogs are hoping to be top of the class, A-grade students. We’re hoping it’ll be a successful start to term for our doggy students.”

Meet the class of 2017:
Kevin, four years old
Favourite subject: English
Area to improve: Being less chatty and cheeky
Sociable Kevin is a kind and courteous student at Battersea. He is a very popular boy – both with humans and fellow students. He has sadly had to stay behind at school over the summer holidays through no fault of his own, as he waved a paw goodbye to many of his friends over the summer. He’s now hoping it’s his turn. All he needs is a comfy bed and a human cuddle companion.

Cous Cous, seven years old
Favourite subject: Music
Area to improve: To speak up in class
Cous Cous is a retired racer who used to be the first to volunteer for Sports Day but she now spends a lot of her time falling asleep in class. Her running days are truly behind her and instead she is destined for a cosier life at home where she can snuggle up on a sofa. She still likes the occasional zoom around but she’s more interested in napping and lunchtime nowadays. This sweet girl will bring a lot of love and happiness to her new family.

Hoya, four years old
Favourite subject: Food technology
Area to improve: Being more patient when it comes to food
Hoya is an ideal student, especially when it comes to her favourite subject, Food Tech - this girl loves to eat! She is always with her best friend, Tripper, and the two of them are inseparable. Hoya is more independent but still likes to be around people and classmates she knows. She’s looking to graduate with her best friend where they can relax on a comfortable sofa together after playtime.

Tripper, four years old
Favourite subject: Art
Area to improve: Tidying up after class
Tripper is a friendly character who prefers play time than lesson time. He loves a good play around with his best friend, Hoya, but also loves a good cuddle. He’s hoping for some human friends to hang out with too in the future. This friendly pair are perfect students at the School of Battersea and are hoping to pass their exams with flying colours.
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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 2016 the Home cared for over 7000 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 addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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