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The puppies and kittens who spent their first ever Christmas at Battersea

Many pets across the country would have woken up on Christmas Day to loving families opening presents under the tree. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for the animals at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – where some spent their very first Christmas at the animal shelter.

To help brighten up the dogs and cats festive spirits, Battersea’s staff and volunteers pulled out all the stops to make it a memorable Christmas Day across its three sites. This included playing Christmas carols, providing delicious festive meals and giving out presents kindly donated by members of the public.

Rob Young, Battersea’s London Centre Manager said: “Some of our dogs and cats will have never experienced Christmas, so we always try and make the day as special as we can. We made sure they had a wonderful day opening presents, going on festive walks and eating a delicious Christmas dinner.

“We’re hoping to get 2018 off to the best start and give these affectionate animals a second chance in finding a permanent, loving home.”

Meet some of the dogs and cats who spent their first ever Christmas at Battersea:

Yasu, Mongrel, aged 10 months
Yasu (pictured above) is a 10-month old handsome chap who’s hoping to start the new year off with a new home. The confident Mongrel who arrived at Battersea after his owner became ill, is hoping to find an experienced family to enjoy long walks with.

Mya, Chihuahua, aged 10 months
Mya didn’t get the Christmas miracle she was hoping for, but this little lady is hoping for a positive start to 2018. This 10-month old shy pooch is on the lookout for a quiet home to help her grow into a confident canine.

Stanley, Domestic Medium Hair, aged 7 months
Stanley, a 7-month-old confident kitten who has never experienced Christmas at home, is wishing for a family in time for the new year. The sweet natured boy, who arrived at Battersea as a stray, is looking for a loving home to show off his lively character.

If you would like to find out more about Battersea’s dogs and cats, visit or call 0843 509 4444.


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