Doggy Paddle Challenge

Doggy Paddle 2019 is now finished, thank you to everyone who took part

Take on the Doggy Paddle Challenge this April and swim to raise £100 for Battersea.

Pick your pool, pick your distance and pick whether to go solo or get competitive with your mates. You can even pick your stroke - but to keep our dogs and cats close to mind we recommend the doggy paddle.

Where will the money I raise go?

Every length you swim will help the lost, abandoned and vulnerable animals that arrive at Battersea to get the brighter futures they deserve.

£100 could provide comfy bedding, a lead, collar, bowl and the other essentials they need to feel at home, as well as vital vaccinations

£100 could provide comfy bedding, a lead, collar, bowl and the other essentials they need to feel at home, as well as vital vaccinations.

£160 could pay for a cat rescue package for one cat

£160 could pay for a cat rescue package for one cat.

£300 could pay for a dog rescue package for one dog

£300 could pay for a dog rescue package for one dog.

Fundraising tips


Use the ‘Story’ section on your page to tell people why you’ve decided to take part in the Doggy Paddle Challenge and raise money for Battersea. Don’t be afraid to be creative - you could write your story as if it were coming from your dog! A different perspective may encourage more donations.


Bring your page to life by uploading a profile picture. If you have a canine pal, why not use a photo of the two of you? Once you’ve completed the event, you can add a winning photo looking proud (and a little wet!) to help boost donations.


Pages with a fundraising target raise on average 45% more than those without. Decide on how much you want to raise (the minimum for this event is £100), set the target on your page and if you smash it before the event day, you can always increase it.


Be sure to share your page with your friends, family and colleagues on social media, WhatsApp, and email. Send it round again on pay day to remind people to donate – it’s an easy way to boost your fundraising.

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When will the Doggy Paddle Challenge happen?

The Doggy Paddle virtual challenge is happening during the month of April, but you can start training for it as soon as you like. Your personal time starts when you begin your first lap of the pool, so make sure that you always log your activities on your fundraising page once you've started.

Where does the Doggy Paddle Challenge take place?

As this is a virtual event, it's happening wherever you are! You can choose where you swim your doggy paddle - your club, your local pool, your local lido… anywhere in the country.

Is there a minimum age?

You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this event.

Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee.

How much do I have to fundraise?

The fundraising goal for this event is £100 - there are achievements for the collective funds raised, as well as badges for the distance you swim so the more you ask friends and family to support you, the greater your chance of seeing yourself on the leader board! If you're concerned you might not be able to reach the goal, please don't worry - we really appreciate you taking part and raising funds for the thousands of dogs and cats that come to Battersea each year.

Are teams allowed to participate?

You can take part in Doggy Paddle Challenge as an individual, as part of a team or a mix of both.

Are there health or fitness requirements, or risks, for this event?

Doggy paddle is a good beginners swimming stroke. It's supposed to be fun, so we don't expect you to over-exert yourself - just enjoy it! If you have concerns about your health and fitness before or during this event, please speak to your doctor first. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Terms & Conditions

Please click below to read our terms and conditions before registering.



1. All participants, including those registered on your behalf, must abide by the terms and conditions laid out below.

2. All participants must abide by the rules and regulations set out by their local pool, lido or outdoor swimming area.

3. All participants must be competent in their swimming ability, aware of the risks associated with swimming and maintain personal safety during all swimming activity associated with the Doggy Paddle Challenge.

4. Any participant unsure of their physical ability to take part in this challenge should take medical advice from a General Practitioner prior to completing registration. Pregnant women or those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not take part. Those with asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, a heart condition or any other medical condition which may affect their ability to participate in this challenge should consult their General Practitioner prior to completing registration. Should you begin to feel unwell, develop a new medical condition or experience difficult due to an existing medical condition during the challenge time period, please notify the Battersea Doggy Paddle Challenge team and seek medical advice before continuing.

5. All participants enter Doggy Paddle Challenge entirely at their own risk. Battersea shall not be liable for any injury, death, damage or loss howsoever suffered by participants as a result of their participation other than in respect of any injury, death, damage or loss arising as a result of Battersea’s negligence.

6. Battersea reserves the right to remove any person from this challenge, including their sponsorship page and registration details, should they break the rules or be considered a threat to other participants, volunteers, Battersea staff or Battersea as a charity.

Rules for the Doggy Paddle Challenge

1. Participants must be aged 18 or above as of 1st April 2019 when the Doggy Paddle Challenge officially begins.

2. Additional members of your team that you wish to register as part of your team must be made aware of the terms and conditions of this challenge before completing registration.

. Participants must select from four distances when they register; one, five, nine or 13 miles.

4. You may complete this challenge at any point between 00:00 on the 1st April 2019 through to 23:59 30th April 2019, abiding by timetables and restrictions at your local pool, lido or outdoor swimming area.

5. Whilst this challenge is in support of our dogs and cats, please do not bring your own pets to participate in this challenge. This is a human-only challenge.


1. We ask that every participant/team raises a minimum of £100 in sponsorship for the Battersea. Any money raised in connection with the Doggy Paddle Challenge is held on trust for Battersea and will be passed to Battersea via Everyday Hero.

2. If you receive additional sponsorship for the Doggy Paddle Challenge that is not registered on the Everyday Hero sponsorship page, we ask that all sponsorship money be passed to Battersea within one month following the challenge. All sponsorship money raised will go towards the running of Battersea/our three centres.

You can:

  • Pay via your Doggy Paddle Challenge Everyday Hero page.
  • Pay over the phone by credit or debit card by calling 020 7627 7883.
  • Send a cheque payable to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to Muddy Dog Challenge, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, 4 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4AA.

All participants have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship money/donations received for the Doggy Paddle Challenge are paid to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Please ensure that all sponsorship forms are completed in full and returned to us to enable us to claim Gift Aid where possible.

Contact us

If you have any unanswered questions or need any further advice, please contact our Supporter Services Team on 0207 627 7883 or email us at

Dive in

Doggy Paddle 2019 is now finished, thank you to everyone who took part.

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