Going behind the scenes at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with Chatty Charlie

Last Thursday was quite a full-on day. We attended 3 awesome events – yes 3 and all were great. Our visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home went down a treat with the children.

We were invited to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to meet a very special dog and have a peek at what goes on behind the scenes. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to see the staff doing such a great job looking after the dogs there.

We were taken on a tour and saw the areas where the dogs are first brought in and then subsequently transferred to. The dogs are given so much space literally and figuratively to heal themselves. Quite a few of them, we were told, are wary of humans so it can take time.

We saw a few dogs that are waiting to be re-homed. We also saw this adorable beagle called Loki, who the children would have loved to bring home.

The main reason of course for the visit was to meet Chatty Charlie – the lovable dog from Hasbro. Hasbro has partnered with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to help people better understand the rehoming process and ‘paws’ for thought around welcoming a rescue dog into their home.

Spearheaded by FurReal Friends Chatty Charlie The Barkin’ Beagle and his best friend Conker, Hasbro’s support will highlight the importance of rehoming rescue animals at one of the UK’s oldest and most famous animal rescue centres.

Battersea strives to ensure that every dog and cat that comes through its doors receives expert care and we have seen that first hand on our visit last Thursday. We were told that it tries never to turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found.

Chatty Charlie’s arrival at Battersea and unique relationship with Conker has been captured in a cute and heart-warming video which will help spread awareness of the intake and re-homing process at Battersea – the intro-pup-tion can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/230639784/884a4c9444

Here are some more facts about Battersea Dogs and Cats Home –

  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • In 2016 the Home cared for over 7,000 dogs and cats.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883.

You can find out more information about the wonderful work they do at www.battersea.org.uk

We had a fun day and even got to bring Chatty Charlie home.

A review is upcoming so do be sure to visit and see how much we love playing with him.

Here’s a video of Charlie meeting Conker for the first time.

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23 thoughts on “Going behind the scenes at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with Chatty Charlie

  1. My husband’s family had a rescue dog, and they said it was amazing to see him so happy and settled with them after what was most likely a rough start to life. I think if we ever decide to get a pet, it’ll be a rescue. What a great idea from Hasbro!

  2. What a fab event! Battersea dogs home are amazing aren’t they? We’ve supported them for a while now, as animal lovers it’s great to hear about the hard work they do.

  3. Lovely post! We lost our beloved boxer dog Hero last year and it was so tough that we decided we couldn’t get another dog. However recently we are really wishing we had another dog in our family and so are looking at adopting one.

    1. It was lucky indeed. We had a lovely time and it was great for the children to see how the staff work in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

  4. It looks like you have had a fabulous day learning about the amazing work this charity does for animals. I would be devastated to lose my pets because they got lost and couldn’t find their way home. Also, it’s admirable that they rehome animals as well.

  5. It’s amazing that it has rehomed 3.1 million cats and dogs! So sad to think about them being alone etc. I love that you went to explore and learn more as well.

    I hope you had a good day 🙂

  6. Battersea dogs and cats home do such a amazing job of rehoming so many animals. It broke my heart having to go to them to rehome my a puppy i used to have as my daughter is allergic to dog hair. The staff were so calm and friendly and i knew he would be looked after. They even rang me two weeks later to tell me they had found a family who would rehome him. Such a great charity.

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