Wouldn’t You Love Somebody To Love? Battersea Dog Celebrates 200 Days with Valentine’s Date- But Nobody Comes

14 FEBRUARY 2022

An unlucky in love Mongrel named Luke has celebrated being in the care of Battersea Brands Hatch for over 200 days this Valentine’s Day, but so far hasn’t been able to find ‘The One’.

To mark the occasion, staff threw the five-year-old a special Valentine’s Day date in the hope that someone will come forward to find out more about the loveable rescue dog. However, Luke, who found himself at Battersea as a stray, was left to celebrate the most romantic day of the year alone after nobody came to meet him.

Luke has now been at the charity’s Kent branch for 206 days, which is over five times as long as the average Battersea dog (35 days).

Staff believe that the reason for Luke’s long search for love is down to him being a little insecure when it comes to building relationships with other dogs. Despite being a large dog, he can be a bit of a scaredy cat at times and is looking for a person to help show him how to be more confident in his day-to-day life.

Michelle Bevan, Centre Manager at Battersea Brands Hatch said: “Valentine’s Day is a time to show your appreciation for those you care about, so it’s heart-breaking knowing that Luke will be spending the day without anybody to love after nobody came to meet him for a date. Thankfully, Battersea staff were on hand to show Luke plenty of love and affection instead.

“Despite being a large dog, Luke is really just a big softie and enjoys nothing more than to cuddle up by a radiator with his favourite people and a cuddly toy. We’re really hoping that someone will love him for the big lapdog that he truly is and give him the chance to be loved as he deserves.”

As Luke arrived at Battersea as a stray, staff at the charity don’t know much about his past relationship history. However, while Luke loves to be around people, his worries around other dogs means that he is looking to be the only dog in his new home.

Luke also enjoys the simple things in life and can become worried in busy areas, so is looking for someone who lives in a quiet location to go on long, romantic walks with. He also suffers with some ear and skin issues, and so is looking for someone to help manage this with a healthy, balanced diet.

Michelle continues: “Luke may have a few quirks, but he really does have so much love to offer the right person. He may not be perfect but is absolutely worth it.

If you think that you could be ‘The One for Luke, please contact Battersea Brands Hatch on bbh.rehomers@battersea.org.uk or by calling 01474 874994. To find out more about rehoming a rescue pet, please visit www.battersea.org.uk.


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 2020 Battersea directly cared for 1,796 dogs and 1,653 cats at our three centres. We also helped thousands more through our Communities programme, campaigning work, supporting other rescue centres and animal welfare advocates, and sharing knowledge and advice with pet owners.
  • For centre-based stories only: 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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