Battersea’s long stay Hope has her wish come true

One of the Battersea Old Windsor residents Hope has found a new home, after 287 days in kennels.

The eight-year old Mongrel was found as a stray by a member of the public in Surrey back in November 2017, but despite being a friendly dog, she found it hard to catch the attention of people passing by her kennels.

Kaye Mugham, Centre Manager at Battersea Old Windsor, believes this is down to Hope’s size. She said: “Quite often, people assume that bigger dogs are less cuddly and affectionate than smaller breeds, which is why we think it took so long for Hope to find a home. But this misconception could not be more wrong – bigger dogs are often massive softies and enjoy nothing more than having a big cuddle on the sofa. This couldn’t be truer of Hope.”

Earlier this month, Vicky Ward, who lives with her husband and parents in Epsom, rehomed Hope after she spotted her in the Battersea Old Windsor kennels.

Vicky said: “After the loss of our 17-year old Collie, Charlie, as a family we never thought the pain would ease. But when we arrived at Battersea, there she was. That spark stirred in all our hearts and that was the beginning of our journey with Hope.

“We can’t imagine not having Hope in our lives, she’s such a good companion for my dad, Colin, who has mobility problems. She knows to walk slower when she’s him, to wait to catch up. We’re so happy to have Hope as our new family member.”

Since finding a home with Vicky and her family, Hope’s been enjoying regular outings to Epsom Downs, Horton Country Park and even out for pub lunches, where she relaxes with a sausage or two for a snack.

While Hope may have finally found a happy home, there are plenty of other dogs at Battersea looking for a new family.

If you’re looking for a new four-legged family member, please get in touch with the Battersea Old Windsor rehoming team on 01784 494443 or visit