Battersea Dogs & Cats Home worker beats thousands of entrants to be crowned Petplan Animal Charity Employee of the Year

12 MAY 2017

Ali Taylor is not your average employee at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Not only has she dedicated 25 years of her life working at the Home, Ali is a passionate advocate outside of the charity and tirelessly campaigns for the much-misunderstood breed, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and regularly spends her time outside of the charity working with other rescues.
Now Ali’s hard work has been nationally recognised after beating thousands of people across the country to the title, and has been crowned Animal Charity Employee of the Year at the Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2017.
Ali picked up her prestigious award at the ADCH conference on Wednesday 26 April and was presented the prize by one of the judges, Claire Bessant from Interventional Cat Care. She said: “I didn’t even know I’d been nominated for this award so it was a wonderful surprise. I’ve met some amazing people throughout my 25 years working at Battersea and other rescue organisations - many of whom have become friends. I’ve got a really strong team and there’s many people that really do deserve a big pat on the back for doing a fantastic job, not just me.”
As Battersea’s Head of Canine Behaviour and Training, Ali has owned more than 20 Battersea dogs, and has fostered over 700 others. She additionally established the charity’s working dogs programme, after realising not all dogs are suitable for everyday rehoming, but could thrive as working sheep dogs, security dogs, or guarding dogs. The programme successfully rehomes around 100 dogs every year.
Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations Peter Laurie said: “Ali isn’t just one of the most recognisable faces of Battersea- she’s it’s beating heart. She’s on the front line at Battersea and during her 25 years here she's helped thousands of the country's most challenging and vulnerable dogs. She’ll do all she can to help any dog that comes into our care and she’s always going the extra mile. It’s wonderful to see the incredible work Ali does every day, both inside and beyond Battersea’s gates, being recognised.”

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Notes to editors 

  • The Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2017 took place on Wednesday 26 April. For more information on the awards visit
  • 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 7000 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.
  • A team of over 1000 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.
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit
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