Give a rescue dog a Christmas gift: donate your old blankets to Battersea and help keep a canine warm this winter

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is calling on the public to help keep the shelter’s rescue dogs warm as the cold weather descends on London. 
 
The world-renowned charity currently doesn’t have enough bedding for all their dogs this winter and is asking its supporters for urgent donations of new or second-hand blankets.
 
The blankets donated to the Home will be gratefully received by Battersea’s dogs who will snuggle into them as Christmas approaches.
 
The Home’s skinnier dogs, like one-year-old Jack Russell Terrier cross Choccie, will particularly benefit from these Christmas gifts. 
 
Battersea’s Centre Manager Robert Young said: “Our skinnier dogs, such as Choccie, and the thinner breeds like our Greyhounds and Lurchers, really feel the cold over winter. We do everything we can to keep our dogs warm as it gets colder, including dressing them in doggy jumpers, putting the heating up and giving particularly vulnerable dogs special, padded beds - but nothing helps to combat the winter chills quite like a warm, snuggly blanket. So please, donate a blanket to Battersea this Christmas - you’ll make a rescue dog very happy.”
 
Blanket donations can be brought into Battersea’s London centre. The Home kindly asks the public not to donate sheets or towels, which are too thin to keep the dogs warm over winter, or duvets, which are too bulky to be washed in the charity’s laundry facilities.  
 
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For more information please call 0207 627 9333 or email press@battersea.org.uk 
 
Notes to editors

  • Blanket donations can be brought into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s London centre, at 4 Battersea Park Rd, London SW8 4AA.
  • 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 addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • In 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats across its three centres.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 @BDCH or facebook.com/Battersea