Community Engagement

Battersea’s Community Engagement team works to improve the lives of dogs by educating the local community to tackle animal welfare issues in London.

The Community Engagement team at Battersea works on the frontline of a challenging urban environment. We aim to tackle some of society’s worst and most prevalent cat and dog welfare problems.

From anti-social behaviour and dog law, to overbreeding and poor traceability of dogs and cats - Battersea aspires to change attitudes within communities across the capital.

What we offer

Our dedicated team of Community Engagement Officers provide a wide variety of services and activities to tackle the most important dog related issues within the London boroughs. These include:

  1. Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Programme
  2. Bespoke Workshops
  3. One Stop Shops
  4. Dog Support Service

Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Programme

1. Responsible Dog Ownership (RDO) Programme

Our free RDO Programme proactively tackles animal welfare and dog control issues at source. We deliver key messages on responsible dog ownership, anti-social behaviour with dogs, and safety around dogs through a four-module syllabus.

The programme aims to:

  • Promote empathy and the appropriate treatment of dogs
  • Raise awareness amongst people on safety around dogs
  • Reduce the number of unwanted and abandoned dogs in communities across Greater London
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour with dogs
  • Reduce the impulse buying of dogs on the internet
  • Promote rehoming at Battersea

The programme duration is flexible where the team delivers both theoretical and practical elements. We also encourage groups to visit Battersea on their final session to see our work in action.

Learn more about our Responsible Dog Ownership Programme

Module Breakdown

To make a booking or for more information, please call us on 0207 627 9257 or email us at communityengagement@battersea.org.uk


Bespoke Workshops

2. Bespoke Workshops

Depending on the community’s needs, we provide ad hoc and one-off sessions about a specific topic, or help to resolve a certain dog related issue. These education programmes and targeted outreach activities combat the key dog-related issues in specific areas, as well as provide confidence, relationship building and communication skills for the participants.

To make a booking or for more information, please call us on 0207 627 9257 or email us at communityengagement@battersea.org.uk


One Stop Shops

3. One Stop Shops

To provide information on a specific issue, or to raise awareness around a certain topic, we can bring Battersea to the community. Setting up a trade stand in an identified location or at a community event, our events can provide the following free services:

  • Dog and cat behavioural or welfare advice
  • On the spot pet ID tag engraving
  • Microchipping and updating microchip details
  • Pet care services and supplies
  • Dog health checks/MOT

To make a booking or for more information, please call us on 0207 627 9257 or email us at communityengagement@battersea.org.uk

Dog Support Service

4. Dog Support Service

Battersea’s expert trainers are on hand to help you and your dog with our free Dog Support Service.

From excessive barking and pulling on the lead, to safety within the community, our experienced canine behaviourists will work with you (and your dog) to understand the triggers for your pet’s behaviour.

From this, we will provide a tailored programme based on your specific needs, delivering simple but effective training solutions.

If you think our service could help you and your dog, please get in contact with us by emailing dogsupport@battersea.org.uk to receive one of our referral forms.

Let's work together

If you would like to organise a responsible dog ownership course, workshop or one stop shop at your organisation please contact us:

Lets work together

Please continue to support the vital work that we do for all dogs and cats, ensuring responsible pet ownership for the future.

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