After providing a home for over 1 million dogs, Battersea's Victorian kennels are in urgent need of repair.
Today, the charity launched the biggest development in its history, beginning construction on new kennels.
The 153 year old animal rescue charity aims to raise £1.9 million to help it provide a home to more than 6,000 dogs every year.
The new kennels have been designed with dedicated sleeping, eating and playing areas, under-floor heating and outdoor exercise pens.
Demand for Battersea's services is at an all-time high, and the charity currently receives over 1,000 calls a month from people wanting to give up their dog, taking in around 14 dogs through its gates every day of the year.