Leading Animal Charities Join Forces To Benefit Dogs Across The UK

21 JUNE 2021

Two of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations have formed a new partnership in a bid to help more of the nation’s dogs than ever before. In a strong display of charities working together to make the world a better place for animals, Battersea and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust have unveiled a new partnership agreement which includes the Trust committing up to £300,000 in funding to support the Battersea Academy. The announcement comes as the much-loved rescue charity and canine charitable trust celebrate twenty years of friendship.

The Battersea Academy is an educational programme run by the charity to share resources and support dog and cat rescues in the UK and overseas. It includes a Grants scheme which provides much needed funding to rescue organisations.

Paul Marvell, Head of Battersea Academy, said: “Battersea is here for every dog and cat, and this includes many animals beyond our gates. We work closely with other rescues across the country and overseas to improve animal welfare around the globe, whether that be sharing our expertise through our Academy or offering funding through our Grants scheme.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, not just for this new partnership, but for all of the support they have given us over the last two decades. This generous funding will have a huge impact on the animal welfare sector, particularly at a time when many rescues have been struggling because of the pandemic. We look forward to continuing to work with the Trust to help improve the lives of thousands of dogs across the UK.”

Speaking of the new partnership, the Charitable Trust’s Chairman, Bill King, said: “The Battersea Academy is a lifeline to so many smaller canine welfare charities who need help to make their operations more sustainable, efficient and professional. By funding much-needed grants and training sessions that enable Battersea’s world-class team to share their expertise, we have an opportunity to change the lives of thousands of dogs, every year. Ultimately, our aim is to keep tails wagging by supporting those who do so much to rescue, train and rehome many of our most vulnerable four-legged friends”.

To date, Battersea’s Academy has helped 224 rescues, including 147 organisations in the UK, as well as those further afield in Cyprus, Bulgaria, the Philippines and South Africa, among others. From March 2020 to the following Spring, Battersea provided 41 Grants to a variety of rescue centres and shelters, helping approximately 25,000 animals.

UK charities that have already benefited from joining the Academy include Wadars animal rescue in Worthing, which received “invaluable” support as they built their first animal residence, and a Greyhound & Lurcher rescue who received funding to buy a special animal ambulance to help more sighthounds in need.

To find out more about the Battersea Academy, please visit the Battersea website academy.battersea.org.uk. Information about the Kennel Club Charitable Trust can be found on their website www.kennelclubcharitabletrust.org 


For further information please email press@battersea.org.uk.

Notes to Editors


  • In December 2020 Battersea published a report examining the impact the pandemic has had on animal welfare and rescues across the UK. You can read the full report here.
  • Battersea is committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us - championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them. Because rescue is our favourite breed.
  • We’re reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund our vital work helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. To donate to Battersea, visit https://donate.battersea.org.uk.
  • Battersea directly helps thousands of dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help many more animals all over the country and across the world.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or facebook.com/Battersea

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust:

  • Founded over 30 years ago, the Trust is partnering with Battersea as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations in 2027.
  • The Trust’s aim is simple, to make a difference to all dogs, regardless of breed or background.
  • The Trust works across three areas:
  • Science & Research: funding innovative research projects into inherited diseases in dogs and other dog health problems
  • Support & Training: Sponsoring dogs who are trained to support adults and children coping with a range of medical problems or disabilities.
  • Welfare & Rescue: Helping organisations invest in their facilities so they can better help stray, abused and neglected dogs.