Paul O'Grady and puppy Nancy urge public to donate to Battersea during 'tough times'

1 May 2020

Paul O’Grady and his new puppy, Nancy, have sent staff at Battersea an encouraging video to help boost morale during these “tough times”, calling upon the public to donate what they can to help the much-loved animal charity’s homeless dogs and cats.

Paul adopted Nancy, who was hand-reared by Battersea staff after her litter was rejected by their mother, just as the country went into lockdown.

During the heart-warming video, the Battersea ambassador sends well wishes to all of the charity’s staff and animals before saying: “you’re doing a really great job there, because these are tough times”.

Since lockdown began, Battersea has had to close all three of its centres to public visitors. Staff are still going in each day to ensure the dogs and cats in the charity’s care receive as much love and attention as they normally would. But Battersea has had to postpone many challenge and special events over the coming months and faces a loss of income.

As Paul points out, Battersea receives no Government funding and relies solely on donations to continue to help dogs and cats inside their gates and beyond. Because of this, Paul and Nancy have urged the public to donate “a couple of spare bob” so that Battersea can continue to be here for every dog and cat.

Paul had already started filming for the ninth series of ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’, before having to pause filming due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, during the video, the animal lover promises to return to Battersea when things return to normal.

To donate to Battersea, or to find out more about how the charity is operating during the lockdown, please visit www.battersea.org.uk.

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Notes to editors

  • Since Battersea was founded 160 years ago, we’ve been committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us - championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them. And for as long as we’re needed, we’ll be here. Because rescue is our favourite breed.
  • Battersea directly helps over 5,000 dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help thousands more animals all over the country and across the world.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 240 dogs and 145 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 34 days and 25 days for a cat.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • For further information on Battersea, please visit www.battersea.org.uk.
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