They’re looking for you, kid – Casablanca comes to Battersea

This Sunday marks 75 years since the release of Casablanca, and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s residents have been channelling the film’s romantic spirit and posing for black and white photos.
 
They’re hoping their atmospheric pictures will help them catch the eye of a new owner, and be the start of a beautiful friendship.
 
Battersea’s Centre Manager Robert Young said: “Of all the rescue centres in all the towns in all the world, our dogs are hoping that you’ll walk into ours. They’ve all been watching Casablanca on repeat this week and getting tips from Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart about how to become the leading man or lady in their new owner’s lives. They’re looking for someone to take them home and love them - perhaps that could be you?”
 
Meet Battersea’s Casablanca canine stars…
 
Eddie and Serena
Soulmates Eddie and Serena are inseparable, but the Greyhound pair still have plenty of room in their hearts for a new owner. The duo, both aged four, have been at Battersea’s Old Windsor centre for over 100 days now and they’re both starting to feel a bit lovelorn. Unlike Bogart’s serious Casablanca character, Rick, Eddie is more of a comic – and this funny, affectionate boy, loves the company of people and other dogs. Serena is a true romantic who wants to give kisses and will come up and lean on you for a fuss and a cuddle.
 
Thelma and Louise
While their namesakes are from a very different movie, odd-couple Thelma and Louise found their inner Ingrid Bergman to recreate the iconic Casablanca poster. The duo, who have both proved to be wonderful actors, have not had an easy start to life. Eight-year-old Terrier Louise and four-year-old Saluki Thelma were found wandering together in park together. They were skinny and scared, and relying only on each other, before a kind member of the public brought them into Battersea’s London centre. Since then they’ve thrived and now they’re looking to fly off into the sunset to a new home together.
 
Smokey
Smokey really knows how to turn on the charm for the camera.  This eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been passed from pillar to post during his life and he’s really looking for some stability. He’s an older boy who’s a bit stiff in the legs, but he’s aging well and still has plenty of leading roles ahead of him.  When he’s not posing for the camera, he loves to have a game of fetch – so throw it again, Sam! Smokey finds he’s at his best when he’s around people and so he’s looking for owners who are around for most of the day to keep him company. If you think that you could give this Golden Era gent a home, get in touch with Battersea’s Old Windsor centre.

Thunder
Heads always turn whenever Thunder walks on set. This enormous dog is hard to miss, but he’s well renowned in dog showbiz circles for being a big softie. Thunder is a beautiful German Shepherd cross Mountain Dog, who’s sure to melt the heart of any big dog enthusiast. He can be a bit of a goof with other dogs so he’s looking for owners with experience of large breeds who can teach him the art of subtly.  Thunder is a rising star, and this three-year-old is going to be an amazing dog with the right owner.
 
If you can rehome one of our Casablanca canines, please get in touch. You can find out more about all our dogs online at battersea.org.uk. 
 
You can reach our London centre on 0843 509 4444. To contact our Old Windsor site, email  bow.rehomers@battersea.org.uk or call 01784 494 443.
 
You can download photos of our Casablanca canines here.
 
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For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9333 or email press@battersea.org.uk
 
Notes to editors 
  • The film Casablanca was released on 26 November, 1942.
  • 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 rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK.
  • 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 www.battersea.org.uk.
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