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Poor Ronnie needs a new home - why dogs do not make good Christmas presents


Every year the advice is given out not to buy dogs as Christmas presents.

Many times a year, the advice is given out not to buy dogs online.

Poor Ronnie is living proof that that advice is given out for a reason. Because Ronnie was bought online as a Christmas present - and on the 2nd of January he found himself a resident of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, and in need of a new home.

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Battersea Christmas presents


For the first time, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has put together a definitive list of its must-have Christmas gifts, that will not only put a smile on the face of any animal lover but also help the dogs and cats currently in the Home’s temporary care.

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Battersea adult colouring book

Battersea’s brand-new colouring book for adults features a variety of breeds – perfect for any dog devotee who needs to take a mindful moment every now and then.

Battersea book I want a dog

I Want a Dog £12.99
Battersea’s brand-new story book, I Want a Dog, is designed to help guide children on the important things to think about before becoming a dog owner.

Battersea Christmas gifts dog toy

Battersea Christmas dog toy present.

Battersea Christmas gifts advent calendar

Battersea's dog advent calendar.

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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Battersea Dogs GO – Gotta Catch ‘em all

Pokémon GO is taking the nation by storm, with players roaming the streets and parks in their quest to catch em’ all, and now Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is the latest to join in with the craze. Battersea dogs Ria and Abbey were joined on their morning walk in Battersea Park today by some slightly unusual companions – including Drowzee, Oddish, Psyduck, and Pidgey, all characters from the augmented reality game Pokémon GO.

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It’s the canine social calendar event of the year – The Battersea Annual Reunion and Fun Day on Sunday 4 September

Come rain or shine, there’s only one place to be on Sunday 4 September: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Annual Reunion and Fun Day.

This free event in beautiful Battersea Park promises delicious food, stalls to peruse and a host of activities for dogs and people of all ages. There will be a range of dog classes, playgrounds and pooch paddling pools, games and activities for the people, and the chance to meet some of the charity’s homeless hounds that are looking for loving new owners.

Event: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Annual Reunion
Admission: Free!

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Sharing

242 - Woof and Brew

You can share a cuppa with your canine and keep your dog happy and healthy thanks to Woof & Brew. Treat your dog to a Christmas treat or an everyday tonic. Co-founder Steve Bennett talks about his inspiration and his love for his rescue dogs. Steve also runs Dog Friendly, helping dog owners to find genuinely dog friendly venues in the UK.

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.