Battersea Dogs & Cats Home cares for over 7,000 animals every year.
The charity's core mission is to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help - irrespective of breed, condition, age, temperament, or health. Around 32% of cats and 25% of dogs that come into Battersea each year are strays.
The Home opens its doors to abandoned animals in need of care and shelter. The charity does all it can to provide them with the support they need - often reuniting them with their owners, or placing them in new and loving homes.
Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, a whopping £1.3 Million has been raised for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. This funding has contributed to a wide range of projects, including the charity's essential Volunteer & Fostering Department.
Volunteers and foster carers provide an abundance of love, dedication, and invaluable support for the animals. Funding from players means that all Battersea Dogs & Cats Home foster carers now have the resources they need to care for dogs and cats in their own homes.
A recent example of this dedication is little Ava, a kitten who was rushed into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home after being found in a London garden when only days old. Things were looking bleak for tiny, defenceless Ava, but thanks to the dedicated efforts of Battersea staff, volunteers, and foster carers, she was given a fighting chance.
Without a mum or any brothers or sisters for companionship, Ava made an unlikely friendship with Barney, a Labrador who was rescued from a puppy farm and brought to the Home to be cared for. They have since become best friends and great playmates, and she is well on her way to finding her loving forever home.
Support from players has contributed towards costs to care for animals such as Ava. Funding also goes towards hiring staff within the Volunteer & Fostering team to effectively coordinate volunteers and foster carers, ensuring they are paired with suitable cats and dogs. Finding the appropriate foster environment for the animals is vital in getting them on the right track to finding their forever homes.
Battersea's Head of Volunteering & Fostering Charlotte Fielder said, "We really value the incredible contributions our volunteers and foster carers make to the work we do here at Battersea. Luckily for us we have received financial support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, which has helped us grow our volunteer programme - meaning our volunteers can do even more for our dogs and cats."