Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is a proud recipient of funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Since 2014, an incredible £850,000 has been raised for the Home's vital work to rescue and rehome thousands of lost, abandoned, and neglected animals who are desperately seeking a second chance in life.

Established in 1860, Battersea is an iconic charity and one of the world's leading animal rescue and welfare organisations. The Home operates across three centres in London, Old Windsor in Berkshire, and Brands Hatch in Kent.

In 2015 players' support helped Battersea to find new homes for 5,681 animals, reunite 542 lost animals with their owners, and aided the Veterinary team to perform an average of 18 operations every single day. There are however still many more challenges to overcome and, thanks to players' support, that work is well under way.

Supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, the Home's Community Engagement team works hard to raise awareness about the responsibilities and rewards of pet ownership. They hold events to provide free microchipping, tag engraving and pet care advice to communities in areas which particularly struggle with anti-social behaviour and stray dog problems.

The team also runs free educational workshops at schools and with youth groups to help empower and inspire young people and equip them with the vital skills needed to become responsible animal owners in the future.

In 2016, players will help Battersea to expand its Fostering and Volunteering scheme. Over 1,200 volunteers kindly donate their time to help Battersea's dogs and cats in a variety of ways and fosterers generously open up their own homes to care for some of the most sick and vulnerable animals who may find their time in a kennels or cat pens a little too stressful. This type of assistance is vital for Battersea and with support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, hundreds more volunteers and animal fosterers will be recruited this year.

The Home is always looking for more kind people to offer their services as a volunteer or animal foster carer. For further information please visit, please visit Battersea's volunteering page.

There are also hundreds of dogs and cats across all three centres patiently waiting to find their perfect families. The Home is open daily for visitors to come and meet the animals - further information can be found on the Battersea website.

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