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Rottweiler Roger is waiting for his forever home.

Rottweiler Roger is waiting for his forever home.
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I receive press releases every day, and this morning when I went through my emails, I spotted two which highlight the plight of too many dogs at this time of year. We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for dogs, and there are various reasons for that, the saddest being abandonment by their owner. For Rottweiler, Roger, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tugz, this nightmare became reality.

Roger and Tugz were fortunate in as much as they were found and taken to Batersea Dogs & Cats Home, making them the charity’s first arrivals of 2017.

Roger is a six year old Rottweiler who is partially sighted, and was found on New Year’s Day

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One resolution I can definitely keep

I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions anymore. Mainly because I know I’ll break them way before the year’s finished, and also because I’ll make changes when I need to, thank you, not in response to some arbitrarily agreed date.

However, this year, I’ll make an exception.

This year I’ll resolve to strive to keep Buddy as happy, healthy and active as he can be.

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The RSPCA top 10 rescues of the year

Animals may do the funniest things, but sometimes the consequences of their actions can be serious. But luckily for accident prone or over-adventurous animals, the RSPCA is always there to help. So here are the charity’s to 10 best, unusual, or just plain wacky rescues of 2016.

1. Bar-king mad!
An enthusiastic pooch got herself into a bar-king mad situation after getting her head wedged between two bars during an afternoon walk.

Five-month-old Schnauzer, Juno, was released following an operation involving the RSPCA and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service on 23 March.

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Celebs and their canine companions gather to support The Mayhew

On Tuesday night at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London, The Mayhew Animal Home’s Tinsel and Tails Christmas Fundraiser had plenty of glitz, glamour and of course gorgeous dogs.

James McVey from The Vamps and Stephanie Pratt were among the celebrities and their canine companions, who attended the star-studded event which honoured some of the incredible achievements The Mayhew has accomplished in 2016. The evening also aimed to raise money to ensure the charity’s vital work continues in future.

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Battersea Brody seeks someone to cuddle and care for him

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home resident, Brody, loves cuddles and has a happy-go-lucky personality – in fact those who meet him find it hard not to fall in love with him. But despite his charms, Battersea staff face a challenge in finding the right home for this lovely five year old black Labrador.

Seeing Brody play happily with his human and canine friends, nobody would guess that Brody has a medical condition similar to arthritis of the spine. Brody’s condition is called Lumbosacral Disease.

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Keep your pets warm this winter

The days are growing shorter and colder in the northern hemisphere as we head towards Christmas. We may be hoping for – and singing about – a white Christmas, but the cold weather may not be so welcome for some of our pets, including dogs.

The RSPCA is urging people to get ready for cold weather, and make sure their animals will stay safe when the temperature drops.
Here’s some action you can take to make a difference for your pets, and for wilflife too:

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RSPCA seeks home fit for a Princess

A German Shepherd who was abandoned in London is in the care of the RSPCA. Now named Princess, the dog is seeking a loving forever home. Poor Princess was left, tethered to a tree at the side of a busy road. A passer-by spotted black and tan German Shepherd Princess on the A2, a dual carriageway in Greenwich and summoned Inspector Anthony Pulfer.

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Wrap a rescue dog in love by donating blankets to Battersea this Christmas

Would you like to bring some warmth into the life of a Battersea Dogs & Cats Home dog this Christmas?

As winter takes hold of the UK, sending temperatures plummeting, the charity is appealing for the public to donate blankets (new or second-hand) to keep their residents cosy this Christmas. Battersea is currently short of bedding, and is urging people to help.

Think of your own dog snoozing comfortably, secure in your home, and imagine how delighted a Battersea dog will be to find comfort and warmth in a donated blanket.

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Battersea is pleased to see key Parliamentary report on animal welfare

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is pleased with an Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee report on the welfare of domestic pets released today, 16 November.

The issue of backstreet dog breeding is one on which Battersea has long campaigned for change, and the new report addresses this subject, making several recommendations for change. Among other things, the EFRA report calls for a licence for anyone breeding more than two litters in a year, mandatory registration for all breeders, and the licensing of everyone selling animals online.

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You and your dog are invited to the Mayhew Animal Home Tinsel and Tails Fundraiser

This Christmas how would you like to attend a stylish festive night out at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London? And what if you could not only raise money for The Mayhew Animal Home by having a great night out, but your dog could accompany you too?

Well, this most spectacular, dog friendly event is happening on 6th December in the venue’s majestic Grand Hall, and you – and your dog – are invited! There will a three course meal on offer, entertainment, information about the Mayhew’s tireless efforts to support animals in need, and a raffle and auction.

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