A host of celebrities including, Amanda Holden and Dermot O’Leary have joined Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to urge the public to adopt rescue animals.
Britain’s Got Talent star Holden, who has been a Battersea Ambassador for five years, and X Factor host Dermot, who rehomed a Battersea kitten earlier this year, encouraged those searching for a new pet to adopt a dog or cat in need.
In 2017 alone, Battersea helped over 7,000 dogs and cats, with the average stay for a dog is 38 days and 22 days for a cat.
Amanda Holden, who owns two dogs and a cat, said her parents’ Battersea dog Alfie, a Shih Tzu, has made such a difference to their lives.
She added: “My animals are such an important part of my life and I’m proud to be an Ambassador for Battersea. I know they treat every dog and cat that comes through their gates with such love and care until it’s time for them to go to a new home. I’ve seen first hand the wonderful work that the staff there do, and I always urge people to go there is they’re thinking of getting a pet.”
Last week the charity launched a major new television and advertising campaign to raise awareness of the unconditional care their dedicated staff and volunteers give to every dog and cat that comes through their doors.
Dermot O’Leary and his wife adopted a Battersea kitten called Socks earlier this year. Dermot said: “Socks has certainly brightened up our lives – he’s a little rascal but we wouldn’t change anything about him.
“He makes us laugh and there’s something really special about knowing you’ve given an animal in need a loving home. I’d recommend rescue to anybody thinking of getting a new pet.”
Battersea visited Amanda and some of their other celebrity supporters to talk to them about what makes rescue animals so special. To view the video, click here. To find out more about Battersea and the dogs and cats that are looking for a second chance, visit www.battersea.org.uk