Rescue dogs September 2008

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has a long history of caring for dogs which have been abandoned or whose owners were unable to cope. Unfortunately many dogs at Battersea arrived because their previous owners only considered what they wanted their dog to look like – not its background and behaviour patterns. As a result Battersea has seen a rise in the number of pure breed dogs it receives as well as a rise in the number of dogs that need country homes. The most popular dogs purchased by misinformed town dwellers are, incredibly, Border Collies.

These dogs love mental and physical stimulation – they are bored silly in the city and need space and air and things to chase. Other breeds unhappy with life in the city are Jack Russell Terriers (miniature whirlwinds), Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers (both have endless reserves of energy and stamina), Springer Spaniels (originally bred for retrieving they have energy and stamina reserves to rival the Labradors and Golden Retrievers) and Lurchers (a very strong chase instinct coupled with very bad recall means a three legged Lurcher in the city). Battersea has also lately seen a rise in Japanese and American Akitas. These awe inspiring dogs were originally used as hunters in Japan, therefore they have a very low tolerance of other dogs and so need to move to an area with a low dog population. These are examples of some of the breeds which are unhappy in the city, and over the next few months dogs like these will be looking for places to live where they are more at home, with loving owners who can give them the attention they need. This month, the dogs which require immediate housing are Minni and Missy. 

Ref: 08/02764
Age two to three years, female

Marvellous Minni is a sweet natured, bubbly girl who is looking for her forever home in the country.  She needs a lot of space to run around in and owners who have an active lifestyle.

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Minni can be a bit shy so she may take a little while to warm up, but once she has settled in she will make a wonderful, loving addition to the right home.  Because she is a strong girl, Minni cannot live with children.

If you feel that you have space in your life for the bundle of fun that is Minni, please contact the Rehoming Team at Battersea on 020 7627 9234 or email  You can also register for re-homing online at

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Ref: 08/04344
Age one to two years, female

Lovely, playful Missy is a wonderful girl who loves people.  She is very responsive and loves interacting with the staff who care for her at Battersea.  Missy has a bit of a ‘bull in a china shop’ approach to life so she can’t live with other dogs or children.

Missy is a lively girl and she is looking for a home with a garden where she can burn off all that excess energy.  She will also benefit greatly from continuing with her training in her new home.

If you feel that you could offer this lovely lady the home of her dreams please contact our Rehoming team on 020 7627 9234 or email   You can also register for Rehoming online at