Windsor locals accept a muddy challenge for Battersea

16 MAY 2016

Over 400 people and 325 dogs will take over Great Windsor Park on Saturday 21 May to take part in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Muddy Dog Challenge, raising vital funds for the charity that has centres in London, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch.

Sponsored by LV=, there are still places available in the 5k route that includes mud filled trenches, balance beams and a canine crawl which will put even the fittest of fidos to the test. Those taking part with or without their canine companions are helping to raise money to support Battersea’s vital work caring for over 8,000 lost and abandoned dogs and cats each year.

Kaye Mughal, Centre Manager at Battersea Old Windsor, said: “This dog friendly event is a great way for local residents and those from further afield to get competing, have fun and raise some money for our animals. It’s the first year we’ve hosted Muddy Dog in Windsor, right on the doorstep of our Berkshire centre near Englefield Green. Our longest stay dog Bud the Greyhound Collie cross is also having a break from kennel life and competing in the event, with the hope of finding a new home. Bud has been in our care for over 800 days – almost 30 times longer than the average stay for a dog – so we’re desperate to get him out and about with the local Windsor residents.”

Battersea receives no central government funding so the charity relies on the generosity and spirit of its supporters. There is still time to join the event as registration closes for the Muddy Dog Challenge on Wednesday 18 May.


Notes to editors

  • 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 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 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 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • In 2015 27% of dogs and 30% of cats arrived as strays.
  • A team of over 1200 volunteers help at Battersea’s three centres, in roles including dog and cat socialising, gardening, admin support and giving talks in the community.
  • 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.
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or

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