Battersea’s longest stay shows the struggle of competing with online sales

Staff at Battersea Brands Hatch are appealing for a home for their unluckiest resident, as the charity urge people to adopt rescue animals rather than buying pets online.

Battersea has seen the number of people adopting rescue dogs decline as it struggles to compete with pets for sale online marketplaces and social media.

One of the benefits of rehoming from a rescue centre like Battersea is that expert behaviour and veterinary staff know everything about each dog and can give their new owner a full and detailed picture of the dog.

Serena, who has been looking for a home for longer than any of Battersea’s other dogs, has been at Battersea Brands Hatch for 260 days.

The average stay for any dog ay the Kent centre is just 52 days. Anna Hemmings, Centre Manager at Battersea Brands Hatch, said: “Serena is a wonderful dog and will make someone very happy.

“A typical Greyhound, she has short bursts of energy where she wants to zoom around, but then is very happy t relax on the sofa for the rest of the day. Animals like Serena are paying the price for people buying dogs online, instead of giving a rescue animal a second chance.

“Here at Battersea Brands Hatch, we match you with the perfect dog, so you know you’re going home with the right fit for your family and lifestyle.”

If you are interested in rehoming Serena, or any other dogs and cats waiting for a home, please visit