Paul O’Grady appeals for a home for Battersea’s gentle giant, Thunder

29 NOVEMBER 2017

Paul O’Grady is appealing to the public to find a home for gentle giant, Thunder – who’s been at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for three times longer than his fellow residents.

The host of Battersea’s award-winning ITV programme, Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs is hoping this goofy Pyrenees Mountain Dog/German Shepherd cross will find a home in time for Christmas.

Towering above Battersea’s other dogs, with paws twice as big of most of his four-legged friends, the smiley three-year-old’s size has been making it hard for him to find a forever home. While the average dog spends just 35 days at Battersea, Thunder’s been looking for a home for 100 days.

Paul O’Grady said: “Thunder’s a huge dog with a personality to match.  He’s only young and he’s still just a big puppy at heart, so anyone taking him home will need to be prepared to have 45 kilos of dog constantly needing cuddles. Thunder’s a lively and playful dog, and he’s going to make someone’s life much bigger and brighter – and we don’t want him to spend Christmas in Battersea’s kennels without a home. If you’re looking for a lot of love in your life, Thunder may be the dog for you.”

Battersea Centre Manager Robert Young said: “Our smaller dogs tend to fly out the door, while the giant ones, like Thunder, can struggle to find a home. But anyone who loves big dogs is sure to fall in love with him. He’s such a loveable, playful dog and he’s going to bring a smile to his lucky new owner’s face with his hilarious antics. If you have room in your house and heart for this gorgeous lad, please get in touch.”

If you think Thunder could be the dog for you, register online at or call 0800 001 4444.
Thunder is not the only giant dog that Paul O’Grady has helped to rehome – so the famous presenter knows it won’t be a pushover. On Thursday night’s episode of series six of ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, he’ll meet one of Battersea’s other giant residents Toby, a 58 kilo Bull Mastiff in need of a bath.

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Notes to editors 
  • Toby the Bull Mastiff will star on the sixth series of Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Thursday, November 29, at 8:30pm on ITV.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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