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Marc Dhumeaux treating a dog at Pride Veterinary Centre.
pic credit - Scarsdale Vets.

Battersea’s dogs and cats have stars in their eyes this awards season

In honour of the Oscars on 4 March 2018, residents of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have re-imagined themselves as famous film stars, so that they too can earn a place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Our leading ladies and dashing gents are hoping to leave their pawprints in the hearts and homes of new owners – can they reach the same heights of stardom of their namesakes?


Rolo Reeves, Greyhound, 3 years old


Golden oldies looking for love

Could you give these Golden Oldies their forever home?

After all age is just a number.

It can take longer to rehome an older animal in RSPCA care but the animal welfare charity is highlighting the benefits of adopting one of our Golden Oldies.

Figures show it takes about two weeks to rehome young dogs and cats (under six months old), but it takes more than THREE times longer to rehome dogs and more than TWICE as long to rehome cats aged over three.


Battersea dogs are hoping their luck will change this Chinese New Year

It’s the start of the Chinese New Year on Friday 16 February 2018 and it’s the Year of the Dog, much to the delight of some of the residents at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. These dogs are looking for a new home and they’re hoping it’s going to be their year.

In the Chinese Zodiac, it is said that those born in the Year of the Dog are sincere, reliable, intelligent, brave and always ready to help others, and these are just some of the traits that come naturally to these four dogs.

Lovable Wylie, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, six years old


Mitzy Winnie and Lucy

Trio of terriers with combined aged of 168 (in dogs years) looking for home together

Lucy Mitzy and Winnie

Trio of terriers with combined aged of 168 (in dogs years) looking for home together.

RSPCA reveal most ‘unloved’ dog breeds waiting months for their perfect match

This Valentine’s Day do you have room in your heart for some of the RSPCA’s most overlooked animals…?
This Valentine’s Day, the RSPCA has revealed the dog breeds waiting months for their new home.

While most RSPCA dogs are rehomed within an average of 41 days, American Bulldogs, Rottweilers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers can wait up to 80 percent longer in rescue centres.
American Bulldog cross-breeds wait the longest at 74 days, with American Bulldogs waiting 65 days, the same as Boxer crosses..


Mayhew Supporters Raise Funds to Replace Stolen Animal Ambulance

In August last year, one of Mayhew’s vital animal ambulances was sadly stolen and was never returned to them or reported as found.

But this week the London-based animal welfare charity are delighted to announce that, thanks to their generous supporters raising over £17k, they have been able to receive a new, replacement ambulance.

Mayhew’s animal ambulances are important to their work as they rely on them to help transport the hundreds of sick and injured animals they rescue every year. They were devastated when their trusty Suzuki Carrier was stolen.


Battersea helping owners to help their pets in Hounslow

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is working in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow to answer pet owner’s needs at a free community event on Tuesday 13 February.

The pet drop-in event is available to all local pet owners to ask for any advice about their dog or cat. It will also give a chance for owners to get their dog microchipped for free. There’ll also be a free dog tag engraving service available.

Date: Tuesday 13 February

Time: 11am – 3pm

Address: Southville Community and Children’s Centre, Southville Road, Feltham, TW14 8AP


RSPCA welcomes Defra’s announcement that it is considering ban on third party sales of puppies

Animal welfare charity to work with Government as they consider new laws.

The RSPCA has welcomed the announcement that Defra is considering a ban on the third party selling of puppies.

The animal welfare charity - the largest and oldest in the UK - has long been calling for changes in legislation to better protect dogs and puppies.



193 - Finn's law and Alabama Rot

Hear PC Dave Wardell talk movingly about the night his police dog, Finn, nearly died, and how that gave rise to the campaign to have Finn's Law, and give legal protection to police dogs. Alabama Rot has been hitting the headlines in the UK, but how worried should dog owners be, and how can owners protect their dogs from it? Vet Marc Dhumeaux tells you what you need to know. Plus the DogCast Radio News.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.