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.
– Chief Executive Claire Horton explains:
While our staff can give the dogs the love and care they so desperately need, we must ensure our kennels offer the right facilities.
We urgently need to bring our kennels into the 21st Century and ensure we can continue to offer the best possible care to our animals for many years to come.
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.