WILL YOU STILL NEED ME? WILL YOU STILL FEED ME? BATTERSEA URGES PUBLIC NOT TO OVERLOOK OLDER DOGS

A nine-year-old Mongrel named Daisy has been at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for nearly 100 days, but so far no one has come forward to give her a cosy and warm home this winter.

Daisy’s owners got her from Battersea eight years ago as a young dog, before bringing her back to the charity earlier this year after a change in circumstances made it difficult to keep a large dog like her.

Steve Craddock, Centre Manager at Battersea said:

“When Daisy was at Battersea for the first time as a young and energetic dog, she found a home after just 15 days. Now, Daisy is back for a second time as an older dog, and she has still had no interest after being here for close to 100 days.

“Sadly, large breeds like Daisy don’t have as longer life spans as smaller dogs do, living for an average of around 10 to 12 years. While Daisy is in the twilight years of her life, she still acts like a big baby. She loves to bounce around and play with her favourite people, curl up for cuddles and is always most comfortable carrying around one of her soft toys.”

For Daisy, the older she has got, the harder it has been for her to find a new home. Sadly, this is the same issue for many older dogs that come through Battersea’s gates. In the past three years, Battersea has rehomed over 900 dogs aged seven and over and while the average stay for a dog under seven years old was just 31 days, for dogs seven and over this jumps up to 40 days.  

Steve continues:

“Many people prefer to rehome puppies and younger dogs, so that they can have them for their whole lives. But people often forget how much time, training and exercise younger dogs need. Older dogs, like Daisy, are already house trained and while many still have a lot of get-up-and-go, older dogs need a lot less exercise making them a lot less work for a new owner.

“Older dogs are often much more relaxed than younger dogs, and in a lot of cases they would rather just have a cuddle on the sofa and some human affection, than be running around chasing tennis balls all day. Older dogs have a lifetime of love to give and will cherish every moment spent with their favourite people”.

If you’d like to give Daisy or another older dog at Battersea a home, please visit www.battersea.org.uk.

 

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Notes to editors

  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat, and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 150 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • We believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need.
  • In 2017, Battersea helped over 7,000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 300 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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