Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Christmas in the dog house

Claire Porteous, operations manager with Milo, Shar-Pei cross

Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

While most homes prepare for Christmas by putting up a tree, wrapping presents and buying a turkey, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have to take an entirely different approach.

Its Christmas shopping list this year involved sourcing 801 poo bags, 277 litres of cat litter and 150 knitted mice - all sown by one kind-hearted lady.

Despite already housing 450 dogs and 150 cats, last year, between December 24 and January 1, an astounding 96 dogs and 52 cats were brought through the charity’s doors.

While many were strays, the large majority were brought in because their owners simply did not have the time, affection or money to keep them.

One distressing example last Christmas came with Cedric the bulldog who was heartlessly left tied to a lamppost in the freezing cold.

But thanks to the army of staff and volunteers who selflessly give up their time on Christmas Day, the 600 animals currently living at the home will be given a whole host of festive treats.

"Our dogs don’t have families to give them leftover turkey, and the cats won’t get to play with anyone’s Christmas wrapping paper,"explains Carlton Spears, Battersea’s Operations Manager.

"Ultimately we want them to find a new home. But until then we have to make our kennels and cattery as enjoyable as possible.

"So we’re hoping they enjoy this taste of Christmas."

All the goodies will be handed out by staff and volunteers, who will spend hours ensuring all the dogs enjoy a Christmas walk and the cats receive plenty of fuss. Cat socialisers will get all the toys out for the feline residents to enjoy, including special jingle bells that cats love. And once exhausted by the games, the cats can settle for a Christmas afternoon snooze in their heated cat beds.

Christmas carols and classical music will also be played and frankincense and nutmeg will be sprayed in the kennels And to make this year extra special, the public are being urged to help by donating online (by visiting Battersea.org.uk) so each animal can get its own present and turkey-flavoured Christmas dinner.

Although the charity does everything it can to make things as easy as possible for the dogs in their care, some find it very difficult to cope in the busy, noisy kennel environment. So the home is asking people who are interested in fostering a dog or cat on a temporary basis to get in touch.

For more information visit www.battersea.org.uk/dogs/fostering/

To donate a Christmas lunch or present to a dog or cat, visit www.battersea.org.uk/christmas where for £5 you can make their day extra special.

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5:51pm Sat 22 Dec 12

EdwinaWaugh says...

I visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home two years ago, and I was deeply affected by the real love and care the staff give to those animals in their charge. It is so hard to believe that the monsters who ill treat animals, and yes, children, are of the same species as these fine people at Battersea.
Please don't give cats, dogs ir any animals as 'surprise' Christmas gifts. It's heartbreaking to see a dumped animal looking constantly at the door each time it opens, hoping it will be taken 'home'
I visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home two years ago, and I was deeply affected by the real love and care the staff give to those animals in their charge. It is so hard to believe that the monsters who ill treat animals, and yes, children, are of the same species as these fine people at Battersea. Please don't give cats, dogs ir any animals as 'surprise' Christmas gifts. It's heartbreaking to see a dumped animal looking constantly at the door each time it opens, hoping it will be taken 'home' EdwinaWaugh
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5:51pm Sat 22 Dec 12

EdwinaWaugh says...

I visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home two years ago, and I was deeply affected by the real love and care the staff give to those animals in their charge. It is so hard to believe that the monsters who ill treat animals, and yes, children, are of the same species as these fine people at Battersea.
Please don't give cats, dogs ir any animals as 'surprise' Christmas gifts. It's heartbreaking to see a dumped animal looking constantly at the door each time it opens, hoping it will be taken 'home'
I visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home two years ago, and I was deeply affected by the real love and care the staff give to those animals in their charge. It is so hard to believe that the monsters who ill treat animals, and yes, children, are of the same species as these fine people at Battersea. Please don't give cats, dogs ir any animals as 'surprise' Christmas gifts. It's heartbreaking to see a dumped animal looking constantly at the door each time it opens, hoping it will be taken 'home' EdwinaWaugh
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5:03pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Storky says...

Surprisingly sentimental and silly to give Dogs Christmas presents.
Anybody thought about what a Turkey would like for Christmas?
Surprisingly sentimental and silly to give Dogs Christmas presents. Anybody thought about what a Turkey would like for Christmas? Storky
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3:07pm Fri 28 Dec 12

ANNE GILES says...

Storky wrote:
Surprisingly sentimental and silly to give Dogs Christmas presents.
Anybody thought about what a Turkey would like for Christmas?
What a nasty little man.
[quote][p][bold]Storky[/bold] wrote: Surprisingly sentimental and silly to give Dogs Christmas presents. Anybody thought about what a Turkey would like for Christmas?[/p][/quote]What a nasty little man. ANNE GILES
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