These are the most popular dog and cat names from 2021

These are the most popular dog and cat names from 2021

For cats, Milo and Luna both kept their number one ranking, while Bella has also proven a popular name for female cats – staying in second place for another year.

Lonely, people-loving dog who spent almost all her life in kennels needs a home

Lonely, people-loving dog who spent almost all her life in kennels needs a home

She loves people but only has her cuddly toys for comfort at night (Picture: RSPCA)Meet Bella, the lonely lurcher who is in desperate need of a forever home.‘Bella is a friendly, affectionate dog who loves to spend time with people,’ they added.

These are the most popular dog names of 2021

These are the most popular dog names of 2021

While the main themes of 2021 – travel, sports, entertainment and the pandemic – inspired an eclectic mix of names, Luna officially became the UK’s number one pooch title, closely followed by last year’s favourite, Bella, and top choice for males, Milo.

Dog found drowning in river with rock tied to neck finds ‘forever home’

Dog found drowning in river with rock tied to neck finds ‘forever home’

Bella was cared for by the RSPCA for 15 months before she found her forever home (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS) Bella with her new owners Maggie Mellish and Charlie Douglas (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS) Bella was reunited with her rescuers Jane Harper and Joanne Bellamy at the RSPCA centre (Picture: RSPCA/SWNS).

Owner says puppy 'saved her life' by alerting her to house fire

Owner says puppy 'saved her life' by alerting her to house fire

Diane said: ‘That’s the hardest thing, letting go of the memories’ (Picture: MERCURY PRESS & MEDIA)‘If it had been just 10 minutes later that I found it I would have had to jump out the window and the gas meter would have blown.

Battersea reveals the most popular cat and dog names of 2020

Battersea reveals the most popular cat and dog names of 2020

‘Regardless of the names of our dogs and cats, whether they be traditional or a one-off, each and every rescue animal has their own unique personality, which we celebrate here at Battersea.’.

Drowning dog rescued after it was tied to huge rock and thrown into river

Drowning dog rescued after it was tied to huge rock and thrown into river

Luckily, a passerby spotted Bella struggling in the water and jumped in to save her (Picture: SWNS) The rock that was found attached to the dog’s lead (Picture: SWNS) Bella has now recovered from the ordeal (Picture: SWNS)She was released on bail until her next court appearance on March 8, 2021 along with a 32-year-old man who denied the same charge.

Dalmatian with heart-shaped nose trains to become autism assistance dog

Dalmatian with heart-shaped nose trains to become autism assistance dog

The dalmatian was originally adopted as just a family pet, but is now training to become an assistance dog for the family’s youngest son (Picture: @rorschachthedalmatian/Mercury Press)‘When he was five weeks old, I planned a surprise visit for Rick to meet him.

Dog not neutered due to lockdown gives birth to ‘largest ever litter’

Dog not neutered due to lockdown gives birth to ‘largest ever litter’

Owner Mary Killing did everything she could to stop the dogs mating (Picture: SWNS)A dog, that would have been neutered if it wasn’t for the pandemic, has given birth to one of Ireland’s largest ever litters.

Dog has one of largest litters ever - after neutering appointment cancelled

Dog has one of largest litters ever - after neutering appointment cancelled

(Picture: SWNS)Mary Killing had planned to get her dogs Bella and Archie neutered back in March but the appointment had to be cancelled because of coronavirus.Mary Killing with her dogs Bella and Archie (Picture: Brendan Gleeson / SWNS).

Lonely dog given up for adoption as key worker owner had to work 12-hour shifts

Lonely dog given up for adoption as key worker owner had to work 12-hour shifts

Eight-year-old Shar Pei Bella Boo is up for adoption after her owner’s working patterns in lockdown left her anxious and lonely (Picture: Parrot & Pineapple | Pooch & Pineapple | Rophotographs)Lots of pets have enjoyed extra quality time with their owners in lockdown thanks to a move towards home-working.

Deaf dog's pack provides 'protection ears' on outdoor adventures

Deaf dog's pack provides 'protection ears' on outdoor adventures

When Livesey learned the deaf cattle dog needed a new home, he drove with Bella and Bolt to meet her in New Mexico on leap day earlier this year.

Labrador gives birth to one of the biggest litters in history for the breed

Labrador gives birth to one of the biggest litters in history for the breed

‘We know, we’re adorable’ (Picture: SWNS) The litter was made up of four black boys, four black girls, three yellow boys and three yellow girls (Picture: SWNS) ‘Did somebody say food?’ (Picture: SWNS) Proud mum Bella endured a seven-hour labour (Picture: SWNS) The owners have a lot on their plate feeding 14 hungry labs (Picture: SWNS)Hazel said: ‘Bella was scanned when she became pregnant but the numbers are never right and we certainly were not expecting 14!

Battersea dog and cat foster carers – photo essay

Battersea dog and cat foster carers – photo essay

The home has had lots of generous offers from people willing to open their homes to its animals during the past couple of months, but had to suspend new fostering applications in order to prioritise working with existing staff and volunteers to provide ongoing care for the dogs and cats during the coronavirus pandemic.

Orphaned calf thinks he’s a dog after being rescued by German Shepherd family

Orphaned calf thinks he’s a dog after being rescued by German Shepherd family

Buddy and one of the puppies (Picture: Mercury Press & Media)When Coral Algie, 52, and husband Wayne, 61, found a little Santa Gertrudis calf all alone, they took him in.Bella with Buddy and the puppies (Picture: Mercury Press & Media).

Woman jumped in river to save drowning dog weighted down with rock

Woman jumped in river to save drowning dog weighted down with rock

Hero Jane Harper says she was sure Belgian Shepherd Bella was dead until she saw her eyes move (Pictures: Raymonds/Facebook/BPM Media)A woman who threw herself into a river to save a drowning dog that had been weighted down has described the ‘horrific’ rescue mission.

Cow cuddling lets people relax with help of friendly bovines

Cow cuddling lets people relax with help of friendly bovines

It’s received so much attention in recent months that people have been driving for hours for the chance to embrace, brush and talk to the sociable bovines, said owner Suzanne Vullers.Every "cow cuddling" session is different: Some people like to sit quietly with the animals; others talk to them.

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.

Peta being sued by owners of Dog’s Way Home star Bella over ‘smear campaign’

Peta being sued by owners of Dog’s Way Home star Bella over ‘smear campaign’

Shelby stars as young pup Bella in Dog’s Way Home (Picture: Sony) The owners of an adorable mixed-breed pup named Shelby who starred in A Dog Way’s Home are allegedly suing Peta for defamation after what they have called a ‘smear campaign’.

Lady Gaga leaves Critics' Choice to be with her dying horse, Arabella

Lady Gaga leaves Critics' Choice to be with her dying horse, Arabella

She did pick up two Critics' Choice Awards for "A Star Is Born," but later learned that her beloved horse, Arabella, was dying. But it saddens me to say that just after the show I learned that my dear angel of a horse, Arabella, is dying."