Paul O’Grady appeals for a home for Battersea’s unluckiest dog Bud, a seven-year-old Greyhound cross who has been homeless for over 1000 days

05 OCTOBER 2016

Paul O’Grady is appealing to the nation’s dog-lovers to help find a home for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s unluckiest dog, Bud, who has been looking for a home for over 1000 days. Since Bud arrived at Battersea, the charity has rehomed 5500 dogs, yet Bud has been constantly overlooked through no fault of his own.

Now the lovely seven-year-old Greyhound/Collie cross is hoping his luck will change and he’ll find a home when he stars in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Thursday 6 October.

Paul O’Grady said: “I fell in love with Bud while I was filming with him. He’s such an affectionate and lovely natured dog and I can’t believe he’s still looking for a home after all this time. I’m really hoping his luck is about to change and someone watching the show will fall in love with him and give him the home he deserves. Bud has already spent two Christmases at Battersea and I’m appealing to dog-lovers out there to think about giving this lovely boy a home, so he doesn’t have to spend a third festive season looking for a family.”

Bud’s former owners brought him into the Old Windsor branch of the charity, because their circumstances changed and they were no longer able to take care of him. The average stay for a dog at Battersea is just a month, but Bud has been at the charity for over two-and-a-half years.

Battersea Old Windsor’s Rehoming and Welfare Manager Sean Welland said: “As far as we know, Bud is the longest-stay dog in Battersea’s history and we’re at a loss to explain why, when he’s got a wonderful personality. Bud loves cuddles and likes to be tucked in at night under a fleece blanket before he goes to sleep. He’s great with people and other dogs and could easily live with a family who have older children, but he’s not a fan of cats. He’s looking for a home with people who have some experience of Greyhounds or Lurchers. Everyone at the charity is in love with Bud and we all want to see him find a home before he hits a third year at Battersea.”

Bud is currently out on foster but a few weeks ago he came back to the Battersea’s Old Windsor centre for a surprise party with some of his human and canine friends, to cheer him up as he hit the 1000-day mark without a home.

Battersea’s at a loss as to why it’s taken Bud so long to find a home, but Sean adds, “It might be because he’s a bigger dog or because he’s that little bit older, but who knows? It’s really not Bud’s fault he’s been so unlucky and we’re really hoping with Paul O’Grady’s support we can finally turn things around for this super boy.”

Find out more about Bud’s story by watching Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on Thursday 6 October at 8:30pm on ITV.
If you would like to rehome Bud or any of the dogs at Battersea’s Old Windsor centre, please contact 01784 494 443 or email

Notes to editors 

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • The average stay at Battersea is 30 days for a dog and 22 days for a cat
  • In 2015, across its three centres, the Home cared for over 8000 animals, including nearly 5000 dogs and over 3000 cats
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • 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 0870 890 0000.
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit