Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
|Key people||Claire Horton, Chief Executive Heather Love, Chair|
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is the UK's oldest and most famous home for dogs and cats and is situated in the Battersea area of London, England. It is financed by voluntary donations with an income of almost £12.2 million in 2010.
Formerly the 'Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs', it was established in Holloway in 1860 by Mary Tealby. The home moved to Battersea in 1871 opposite Battersea Park and has a view of the iconic Battersea Power Station.
In 2002, the name was changed from 'The Battersea Dogs Home' to 'The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home' (cats were first admitted in 1883).
To mark its 150th anniversary in 2010, the Royal Mail released a set of stamps featuring a series of dogs and cats that had been adopted by staff. It has also launched a commemorative book "A Home Of Their Own" which charts the history of the Home. This includes a look at the notables who have adopted animals, such as Elton John, who credited his pet, Thomas, with helping him through a rough period. Through 2011 and 2012, Battersea implemented the "Staffies ~ They're Softer Than You Think" campaign to educate the public about the positive attributes of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Its aims as a charity are never to turn away a dog or cat in need of help. They reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners; when they can’t do this, they care for them until new homes can be found for them. They also educate the public about responsible pet ownership.
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home cared for 5,941 dogs and 2,963 cats in 2011 (about 9,000 animals a year)
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home usually has around 450 dogs and 150 cats across its three sites and on foster at any one time.
- The Home’s average daily intake is 14 dogs and 8 cats.
- The average stay for dogs is 45 days, and for cats is 28 days across all three sites. There is no time limit and it is usual for an animal to stay until its adoption.
- 2,705 dogs were rehomed in 2011
- 2,550 cats were rehomed in 2011
- Across all three sites, the Home employs approximately 331 members of staff in a range of operational and administrative roles.
- There are currently 616 volunteers working in the Home. They carry out a range of functions including walking the dogs and socialising with both the dogs and cats, gardening, kennel support, admin and leading education talks.)
For many years, the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has been the centre of many TV programmes in the UK.
Patrons and ambassadors
Queen Elizabeth II is the patron of the charity.
Author Jacqueline Wilson has been a supporter of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for many years and is currently an ambassador for the charity.
Celebrity friends of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home include footballer Michael Owen who carried the 2012 Olympic torch through the home, actor David Hasselhoff and Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey.
There is a Battersea Shop at the London branch as well as online at the website. On 30 January 2014, Penguin published a book by Battersea called Lost & Found: True Tales of Love and Rescue with a foreword by Paul O'Grady, MBE.
The Chief Executive and Company Secretary is Claire Horton, assisted by several directors, reporting to the Council of Trustees (Chairman: Heather Love, Vice Chair: Bradley Viner) which reports to the eighty Charity Life Members at its AGM every June.
The Home receives no government funding and is run almost entirely on donations from the public.
- The Blue Cross
- Dogs Trust
- National Animal Welfare Trust
- Humane Society of the United States
- Women and animal advocacy
- Pet Planet accessed 28/03/08
- Ardagh, Philip (2008-10-01). Philip Ardagh's Book of Absolutely Useless Lists for Absolutely Every Day of the Year. Pan Macmillan. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-330-43417-1. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
- Prigg, Mark (2 March 2010). "Battersea stamps place in animal history". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
- "A Home Of Their Own" by Garry Jenkins p.306. Transworld Publishing 2010. Retrieved on the book's Google preview 25 June 2013.
- "Staffies-They're Softer Than You Think". Battersea. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "First Ambassador David Gandy". Battersea. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- "Puppy Love for Paul". Battersea. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- "Celebrity Supporters". Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- Official Website
- Official Twitter
- Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Registered Charity no. 206394 at the Charity Commission