The Coronavirus saga appears to have boosted our love of dogs. Battersea - as well as some other shelters across the country - reports extremely low numbers of canine residents due to people’s unwillingness to give up dogs in the current clime.
As lockdown took hold, Battersea closed its doors to new adoption applications, and warned prospective dog parents not to adopt a dog with the sole purpose of seeking company. The warning seems to have been heeded in part.
Mr O’Grady’s crew was due to film in August, but due to the lack of dogs the decision was taken to postpone production until December.
Speaking to The Mirror, O’Grady said, “It’s all been cancelled and they said we’ll probably do it in December. But I said we’ll probably be locked down again then.
"But it’s good because they don’t have a lot of dogs anymore."
The question of how the Government's unlocking of the UK will affect shelter numbers remains to be seen. Already – with the easing of the lockdown – some shelters report an increase in abandoned dogs.
Despite warnings some people were seemingly unprepared for the responsibility of dog ownership, and adopted a dog for the short-term only.
O’Grady’s work with Battersea has won production company MultiStory Media two consecutive National Television Awards for Most Popular Factual Entertainment Programme in 2013, 2014 and 2019.