Welcome back to Charity Corner. This is my new series where I will be using my blog as a platform to lend a voice to different charities and organisations of all sizes, backgrounds and causes. Today’s Charity Corner, I speak to Hayley Chow, the Communications Officer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, a charity which cares for the animals taken in or abandoned.
What is the mission of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home?
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help. We care for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. The Home is a champion for, and a supporter of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. The rescue centre has a non-selective intake policy which means we never turn away a dog or cat no matter the breed, condition, age, temperament or health.
What’s the story behind the creation of your charity?
The charity was founded by Mary Tealby in 1860, making Battersea Dogs & Cats Home one of the UK’s oldest animal rescue centres. Since opening, the charity has cared for more than 3.1 million dogs and cats. Originally called The Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs and based in Holloway, London, it moved to its now famous site in Battersea in 1871 and started taking in cats in 1883. We changed our name from Battersea Dogs Home to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home back in 2002.
What outcomes has Battersea seen through its work?
Battersea cares for over 8,000 dogs and cats every year (around 5,000 dogs and 3,000 cats). In 2015, Battersea reunited 542 animals with their owners and rehomed 5,681 (2,574 dogs and 3,107 cats).