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After months of lockdown, Battersea can start saving cats and dogs again

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One of the UK's most famous animal rescue centres is taking in unwanted cats and dogs again after running an emergency only service since the beginning of lockdown.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 07/08/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has been caring for unwanted animals since 1860. Providing it has space, Battersea will accept any dog or cat, regardless of age, breed, or condition.

Battersea goes into lockdown

But the outbreak of COVID-19 forced Battersea to put its noble mission on pause to help slow down the spread of the virus.


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Although it was necessary, the decision put countless animals at risk and added extra pressure on families struggling to care for their pets during this difficult time.

Now, thankfully, the charity has once again opened its doors.

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Kaye Mughal is the centre manager of a Battersea shelter in Windsor. She said:

"We know there will be pet owners who are struggling, for whatever reason, to care for their dogs and cats, and we want them to know that we are here to help."

Pets always come first 

Battersea will take in any cat or dog that needs help. Alternately, they'll give helpful advice to owners who want to hold on to their furry best friends.


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Contacting a shelter can be embarrassing for owners, but Battersea always takes a non-judgemental approach that puts the animal's needs first.

"Please put that fear aside for your pet's welfare and bring them to the rescue," said Katy. "You'll never be judged or shamed for making the responsible decision."