Coronavirus pandemic sees huge increase in dog and cat adoptions

Coronavirus pandemic sees huge increase in dog and cat adoptions

The greater amount of time people have been spending at home for the past few weeks has inspired many to provide new homes for pets, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home revealed.

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.

National Puppy Day: Here are nine beautiful dogs who need a home

National Puppy Day: Here are nine beautiful dogs who need a home

(Picture: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)It’s National Puppy Day – and while we love the furry, friendly young pooches, that doesn’t mean the older ones don’t deserve the same level of attention.

'Truly heart-breaking!' Dumped dog only named 'Puppy Number Five' by cruel breeders

'Truly heart-breaking!' Dumped dog only named 'Puppy Number Five' by cruel breeders

Puppy Number Five has now been given the name of Maggie and is living with loving owners after being rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

CAT CRISIS: UK overpopulation nightmare sees RSPCA make 60 rescues A DAY

CAT CRISIS: UK overpopulation nightmare sees RSPCA make 60 rescues A DAY

The Cat Population Control Group (CPCG) – made up of a number of animal welfare groups, including the RSPCA, Cats Protection, Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, Blue Cross, PDSA and Vets 4 Pets, believes having kittens spayed when they reach four months of age rather than at the traditional six months stage will help reduce these figures.

Fury as puppy bought and dumped on SAME DAY - warning over click-and-buy CRISIS

Fury as puppy bought and dumped on SAME DAY - warning over click-and-buy CRISIS

The tragic stories of Truffle the 12 week old Jack Russell and April the tiny cockapoo are being highlighted by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to show how people are buying pets on impulse over the internet.

'Love at first sight!' Overweight dog dumped with 'sorry' sign RE-HOMED after diet regime

'Love at first sight!' Overweight dog dumped with 'sorry' sign RE-HOMED after diet regime

Nelly the Elephant was dumped in a park with a (Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home) The heavyweight bulldog needed surgery to help tackle her breathing difficulties – a problem most likely made worse because she tipped the scales at more than 20lb over her healthy weight.

Christmas MIRACLE! Britain's UNLUCKIEST dog finally gets a break - 'We are so happy!'

Christmas MIRACLE! Britain's UNLUCKIEST dog finally gets a break - 'We are so happy!'

We’re looking forward to our first Christmas with her.”UK's unluckiest dog Daisy rolling with joy as she gets new home (Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)Sad-eyed Daisy who spent 124 days in care before getting new hone (Image: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)Daisy’s predicament as a “boomerang dog” – one that has been returned to a rescue centre – highlights the predicament faced by elderly pets coming through Battersea’s gates, with many having to wait far longer to be re-homed than their younger counterparts.Over the past three years, more than 900 dogs aged seven or over have been found new homes by Battersea, with the average stay before being resettled 40 days.

Daisy is the the ‘unluckiest rescue dog’ who has spent 100 days at Battersea as no one will adopt her

Daisy is the the ‘unluckiest rescue dog’ who has spent 100 days at Battersea as no one will adopt her

She still loves playing with toys and chasing squirrels (Picture: Battersea Dog and Cats Home)Steve continued: ‘Older dogs, like Daisy, are already house trained and while many still have a lot of get-up-and-go, older dogs need a lot less exercise making them a lot less work for a new owner.