Paul O'Grady asks the nation to 'Give greyhounds a chance'

19 NOVEMBER 2019

Paul O'Grady falls for one of Battersea's most misunderstood residents in the latest episode of ITV’s For the Love of Dogs.

Sidney, a former racing Greyhound, captures the television personality's heart as he steps off the van for a new life at the much-loved animal rescue in the eighth series of the popular TV series.

Dismayed to hear that Greyhounds - one of the most common breeds to come through Battersea's gates - take longer to rehome than other dogs simply because of their appearance, Paul takes it upon himself to start campaigning for people to take on these couch potatoes.

Rob Young, Head of Operations at Battersea, said: "It's so sad to hear many people who come to us to rehome say they don't want a Greyhound - in many cases, because they think they need too much exercise and because they're not seen as 'cute' like other dogs. The truth is, Greyhounds are often the canine equivalent of a cat. I’ve met so many who love to spend hours snoozing on the sofa and are very loving and gentle.

"Sidney is a really sweet-natured dog who loves snuggling down under a blanket and playing with cuddly toys.

“We were so pleased Paul took up the mantle to encourage people to rehome Greyhounds. We want people to come to rescue with an open mind rather than relying on clichés about breeds that are often outdated and untrue.”

Paul leads the call for people to rehome Sidney and his fellow Greyhounds on Wednesday night’s episode of ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs. Tune in to see if Sidney found a sofa to snooze on – and learn more about Battersea’s new campaign, Rescue Is Our Favourite Breed, by visiting



Notes to editors


  • Sidney appears in Battersea’s multi award-winning series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Wednesday 20 November. The programme is episode five of series eight.
  • Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs is currently showing every Wednesday at 8pm on ITV.
  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. Since it was founded 160 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • We believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need.
  • In 2018, Battersea helped around 7,000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 300 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 Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 35 days and 23 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.
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