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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


Rolo Reeves

Rolo’s reimagined himself as action star Keanu Reeves – but although our handsome Greyhound is known for his Speed, in reality, you’ll likely find him snoozing in his bed.


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



This boy is full of grace and charm and looking for a companion now that he’s retired from racing.

Battersea Black Greyhounds need love

New statistics released today show black Greyhounds are the loneliest dogs at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Old Windsor centre.

While the average Battersea dog takes just 35 days to rehome – black Greyhounds at Old Windsor typically wait 55 days to find a family.

Sadly, some can take even longer to find a home – such as seven-year-old former racer Nellie who’s been at Battersea for over 100 days.

Battersea Old Windsor Centre Manager Kaye Mughal says black dogs often have a harder time catching people’s eye.



Seven-year-old Nellie has been at Battersea for 105 days, and is looking for a family to call her own.


Two-year-old Greyhound Anna arrived in Battersea Old Windsor a few weeks ago, and she’s hoping she’ll buck the black-dog trend and find a home quickly.

Eddie and Serena

Smiley Serena and enthusiastic Eddie are looking for a home together, with owners who have some understanding of ex-racing Greyhounds and their needs.

Joe the Greyhound

Joe the Greyhound thanks Surrey residents.

Couscous the Greyhound

Couscous the Greyhound is ready for school.


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.