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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: A day out in a pooches paradise!

Caroline Stringer is the Publications Officer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, an animal shelter that rescues cats and dogs in need of help and nurtures them until an owner or a new home can be found. When she’s not helping to raise awareness of the shelter, she’s spending time with her own three dogs, one of which she re-homed herself. In this blog Caroline tells us about her days working at Battersea Dogs & Cats home.

It’s a usual day at work in the Communications department of the world-famous Battersea Dogs & Cats Homein South London. I’ve just popped over busy Queenstown Road to walk today’s office dog in Battersea Park with its views of Chelsea Bridge, the Thames and – if we both crane our necks – the Chelsea Pensioners’ Royal Hospital.

Battersea Park is a VERY popular destination for the 280 or so canine residents here at the Home. On average, dogs spend 48 days with us before we find them a new home, so getting out and about is hugely important for them.

I spend a fair amount of time walking around the park by enthusiastic and grateful dogs enjoying the tickle of grass between their paws, the sound of a breeze stirring the trees, and the sights and smells of park life.

One Battersea ‘graduate’ who is now leading me even further astray is Star the Rottweiler. Found abandoned in east London, she spent ten months being cared for at Battersea before her new family came along – me, my partner, Ted the German Spitz and Sergei the Jack Russell Pug cross.

Battersea Park has a great tree trail, sculptures by various artists around the park, the Pump House Gallery which runs a series of art events throughout the year and Battersea Children’s Zoo.

How good does that sound?


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