I was pleased to host a lunchtime briefing session for Assembly Members last week with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home last Wednesday.
Working for London’s abandoned animals since 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help. They reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners; when they can’t do this they care for them until new owners can be found for them.
However, the work of the Home is not limited to rehoming. As you may know, the Home is one of the leading UK charities campaigning on animal welfare, and have played a key role in adapting the law around dog attacks, and making dog microchipping compulsory from April 2016. In February, the Home launched a major national campaign on backstreet breeding, which is blighting communities across London and the wider UK. You can find more details, and lend your support at www.endbackstreetbreeding.org.uk, or by tweeting your support to @BDCH, using the hashtag #MotherAgain.
Majorie, a young bulldog who has been a victim of backstreet breeding – a mother again and again and again – joined us at the event with her new loving owner.
The Home plays an active role across London in helping promote responsible ownership, safety and understanding of dogs. The Community Engagement team works across a large number of London boroughs in schools, prisons and wider communities; ensuring that Battersea is promoting safety and responsible ownership, and tackling anti-social and cruel behaviour surrounding dogs and cats. It was great to hear about the fantastic work that Battersea is doing.