Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Battersea Dogs Home

by Chelsea Dogs

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron today to mark an historic milestone, the celebration of its 1000th volunteer. The animal charity is 152 years old, forming a key part of London’s landscape since 1860.

Mr Cameron met James Moore and many other volunteers at the iconic centre today and thanked them for donating their time to help dumped animals in need to care and re-homing. James Moore joined the Cattery and he will now help care for some of the 190 cats that currently reside at the centre in London.

david cameron prime minister visits battersea cats and dog home

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have re-homed over a staggering three million dogs and cats. Commenting on his visit, the Prime Minister said,

“Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have been doing fantastic work for over 150 years and I’m delighted to congratulate them on their 1000th volunteer. Not only do they carry out vital frontline work in animal welfare, but also inspire people to make a positive difference with their time. Today I’ve had the chance to see their volunteers in action and have been amazed by the commitment and enthusiasm of everybody here.”

The charity has seen a massive 45% increase in volunteer applications from all around the UK. Volunteers come from walks of life including full-time professionals, police officers, Chelsea Pensioners, business managers and nurses who are all keen to offer their free time to support the charity’s animal welfare work. The contributions made by volunteers is worth almost £500,000 every year.

Welcoming the Prime Minister to Battersea, Chief Executive Claire Horton said:

“It’s a great honour for everybody here at Battersea to welcome the Prime Minister to our world-famous Home for such an important occasion. Without our fantastic volunteers Battersea would not be able to care for the thousands of lost, unwanted, and abandoned animals we take in every year.”

“People want to volunteer at Battersea as it’s a charity they know and love. They share a passion and a commitment for our animals and want to see them get a second chance in life. Some of our volunteers have supported us for almost thirty years and many, like James have recently joined us. They’re now very much part of the Battersea home and we are very grateful for their support.”

Today was Mr Cameron’s first visit to Battersea but over two years ago Downing Street successfully re-homed Larry, a Battersea cat.

Larry Downing Street Cat

The Prime Minister was welcomed by a unique Guard of Honour of Battersea dogs, all looked after by volunteers. On his visit, Mr Cameron helped train a dog and had a tour of the cattery and clinic.

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home David Cameron Visit

Battersea volunteers don’t only walk the dogs and socialise the cats, they sometimes foster the animals in their own homes, give talks to the community, do some gardening and even wash the animals bedding.

James Moore, the Home’s 1000th volunteer says: “As soon as I walked through the famous gate I knew there was something special about Battersea. We are all here because we hope we can make a difference to the animals in some way. There is a real community spirit too which makes it a wonderful place to be.”

Visit the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home website here or follow them on Facebook here.

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