London centre takes in its 1000th dog for the year

13 JUNE 2016

Our London centre has taken in its 1000th dog since the beginning of the year, a four year old Akita, fittingly named Legend.

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Legend was well-loved by a caring family but was handed in because of his owner’s allergies. Legend has now found a new home.

We care for more than 5000 dogs a year across our three centres, with an average of 13 dogs arriving every day. Two thirds of the dogs arriving at the Home are taken in after their owners are no longer able to care for them.

Rob Young, London Centre Manager at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said: “Last year alone Battersea Dogs & Cats Home received more than 15,000 calls from owners who were looking at giving up their dogs. On top of this we received more than 18,000 emails.”

“We see a number of reasons why owners can no longer look after their pets. Some of these reasons include illness, moving home and a change in circumstances just to name a few. While we understand there are genuine reasons people are forced to give up their pets, it’s important to realise homing an animal is a full-time commitment. The dogs and cats we take in at Battersea need owners who are dedicated to their pets and we will endeavour to find new caring owners for Legend and all of the animals here at Battersea.”

With less than half the year over, Battersea continues to open its doors to every cat and dog in need of help, caring for them until loving new homes can be found.