Competitive canines pawing for gold: Meet Battersea’s Olympic stars

04 AUGUST 2016

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are supporting the GB Team with our very own squad of animal athletes ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio next week.

To celebrate the world’s biggest sporting spectacle, we are hoping our canine champions will win gold this summer and jump, swim or dive their way into new homes across the capital.

Among the winning waggy tails is six year old Beau, Battersea’s ‘Sky’s the Limit’ high jumper. This seven year old bouncy Springer Spaniel is a whirlwind of energy and is unstoppable when it comes to playing ball. He has a jump as extraordinary as his personality and is looking for active owners who are as enthusiastic about exercise as he is.  

Ria ‘The Brains’ is a one year old Border Collie and the ultimate hound for hurdles. A true working Collie at heart, she still has a few more hurdles to jump over before she’s ready for her new home but is looking forward to having an owner who can entertain both her energy and intelligence.  

Hero 'The Hulk' is a seven year old Pug Beagle cross and has a passion for weightlifting. This quirky little guy prefers to train with his dog toys in quieter surroundings, so would be best suited to a home in a less built up area, without too much hustle and bustle. After being at Battersea for over 160 days he’s one of our longest stay residents and is desperate to show off his weightlifting skills to a new family soon.

Battersea’s sensational swimmer - Tia ‘she don’t do doggy paddle’ Dogue de Bordeaux is a three year old gentle giant. Tia loves nothing more than a paddling pool to practise her swimming skills although there may need to be a pitstop to refill the tank once she’s splashed her way through it!  

This paw-some team all arrived at Battersea after their owners could no longer care for them and are looking for a front row seat in a loving new home to tune into the Olympic Games this summer. Our animal athletes are powered by Mars Petcare UK who are proud to be Battersea’s preferred nutritional partner, providing the Home with Pedigree and Whiskas and helping to feed Battersea's very own four legged GB stars.

Update - We are pleased to say all these dogs have found new homes.