Out of the dog house: pressure grows to open up rentals to pets

Out of the dog house: pressure grows to open up rentals to pets

The proposed legislation, which is backed by the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, would place limits on landlords’ ability to put clauses in tenancy agreements that bar people who can prove that they are responsible owners.“It gives tenants and their pets the justice they deserve: an end to cruel and unnecessary separation, while protecting landlords from irresponsible owners,” says Rosindell.

Silence about my race kept my family apart. Could a rescue dog bring us together?

Silence about my race kept my family apart. Could a rescue dog bring us together?

But in March 2020, just as the world began to change, I headed to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London to meet an anxious greyhound called Jasper.When Jasper and I eventually went home to Sutton, I found that my mother and I disagreed on whether my father had truly loved dogs.

Coronavirus crisis sees loads more cats and dogs find loving homes

Coronavirus crisis sees loads more cats and dogs find loving homes

Smudge is one of more than 150 animals adopted from Battersea in the space of a week (Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home) A glimmer of positive news amid the coronavirus crisis: the number of pets being adopted has soared in these strange and scary times.

Hand-reared puppies rejected by mum bringing cheer to shelter staff

Hand-reared puppies rejected by mum bringing cheer to shelter staff

The puppies are being hand-reared after being rejected by their mother (Picture: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)Over at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, shelter staff are being cheered up amid the coronavirus crisis by a litter of young puppies.

Cat looking for a home after no one turned up to her birthday party

Cat looking for a home after no one turned up to her birthday party

She’s a sweet girl who loves a snuggle (Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)Battersea’s Cattery Team Leader, Chrissie Grindrod, said: ‘It’s always a shame to see one of our cats be repeatedly overlooked, especially one so young and with so much to offer as a pet.

Dapper dog Henry has been waiting for someone to love him for 150 days

Dapper dog Henry has been waiting for someone to love him for 150 days

Seeing so many other dogs get adopted has knocked his confidence, so staff gave Henry a pamper session (Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)Henry arrived at Battersea back in September 2019 after his owner became too ill to look after him.

Neglected sheepdog with 1.8kg of matted fur gets a much-needed haircut

Neglected sheepdog with 1.8kg of matted fur gets a much-needed haircut

Looking good, Arlo (Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home /SWNS)He is now having positive training to help show him that grooming and handling can be an enjoyable experience, as he’s so used to discomfort when being touched.