Scottish couple travel 400 miles to adopt their second Battersea rescue dog

A Scottish couple have travelled over 400 miles to adopt a rescue dog from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s London centre.
 
Michelle and Brad George made the five hour train journey from their home in Inverkeithing, Scotland, to rehome ten-month-old Battersea Mongrel Mouse.
 
Mouse had a rough start to life. When she was brought into Battersea last December as a stray, she was severely underweight, with deformed back legs.
 
Battersea’s expert veterinary team spent five months treating her. During this time, they had to put a pin in one of her legs to help her to walk and she also needed dental surgery and treatment for a hernia. Happily, Mouse has now recovered from her surgery and is enjoying life with her new family.
 
This is not the first time that Michelle and Brad have adopted a Battersea dog that’s been in desperate need of a second chance. 
 
Back in January 2012, Michelle and Brad travelled from Scotland to London to adopt Hugo, a four-month-old Staffie-cross who came into Battersea as part of an unwanted litter. He and his siblings were all suffering from severe mange.
 
Hugo sadly passed away in January of this year and Michelle said losing him was so hard they initially didn’t know if they would ever adopt a dog again.
 
This all changed when Michelle began working from home and found she was in real need of some company.
 
Michelle said: “Deciding where to look for a new dog was an easy decision, Battersea is the only place we would go to now. We want to give these dogs a good upbringing and we have a lot of time to give - so why not choose a dog that needs us most?”
 
Battersea is appealing to the public to choose to rehome a rescue dog or cat as it reveals a growing number of people are turning their backs on homeless animals – and logging onto the internet to find a new pet instead.
 
The charity currently has many dogs, like Mouse, looking for a second chance with a new family. For more information, visit www.battersea.org.uk.
 
You​ can download photos of Mouse here.

Notes to editors
  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat, and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 150 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • Battersea has launched a major new television and digital advertising campaign to encourage people to find out more about the unconditional care its staff and volunteers give to every dog and cat.
  • 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 2017, Battersea helped over 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 38 days and 22 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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