Stray spaniel nursed back to health thanks to Battersea and generosity of players of people’s postcode lottery

17 May 2024

A sweet Cocker Spaniel called Pumpkin has been given a new zest for life thanks to the help of leading animal welfare charity, Battersea, and the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

For 10 years, funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery have helped Battersea expertly care for thousands of animals at the charity's three centres and across the world, including two-year-old Pumpkin.

Pumpkin was brought to Battersea’s Old Windsor centre after being found as a stray and was very worried of her surroundings, shying away from staff and avoiding any fuss. The charity’s expert veterinary team were quick to give her a check-up and noticed that Pumpkin had a painful ongoing ear infection which would require specialist surgery.

Following her operation, although the sweet Cocker Spaniel was fit and healthy and no longer in pain, she was getting used to being partially deaf and needed to continue building her confidence. Thankfully, one of Battersea’s dedicated Foster Carers was able to take her home to recover in a relaxed setting and see how she coped in a home environment. She quickly relaxed and started showing off her affectionate nature, loving nothing more than perching herself on her Foster Carer’s lap for plenty of chin scratches or stretching out in the middle of the sofa and having a long snooze.

Soon enough, Pumpkin was ready to find a home to call her own and was quickly spotted by her new family who took her to start her life in Hertfordshire. Since then, she has been enjoying plenty of cuddles and has become particularly fond of day trips to the beach.

Talking about Pumpkin, Hannah Gee, Team Leader at Battersea Old Windsor, said: “Pumpkin is such a wonderful dog and it's so rewarding to see her blossom following all the hard work the team put in to get her ready for a new home. Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have been supporting us for an incredible 10 years, we are able to continue our vital work and help animals like Pumpkin for as long as they need us. We’re so pleased that she’s now found a loving family who can give her all the love and fuss she could wish for.”

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Notes to editors  

  • At Battersea we offer our love and expert care to dogs and cats who need us by rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals at our centres, and by sharing our knowledge and resources with rescue organisations around the world. We do this because we want to help every dog and cat, everywhere.  
  • In 2022 Battersea directly cared for 2,278 dogs and 2,253 cats at our three centres. We also helped thousands more through our Communities programme, campaigning work, supporting other rescues and animal welfare advocates, and sharing knowledge and advice with pet owners.
  • 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: 
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • To find out more visit our website or follow Battersea on X @battersea_ , Instagram @battersea or