A rescue dog from Kent has now repaid the favour to his owners - by saving one of their lives.
When his owner, Iain, fell unconscious in a park, Dexter the terrier drew the attention of another dogwalker by barking and running around.
Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Iain and his wife Jane, and Michelle Bevan from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
It's a sad fact that more dogs than ever before are being taken in by Battersea Dogs Home in Old Windsor.
This year alone eight hundred animals have turned up there, either abandoned, or unwanted.
Staff there say one of the reasons is more people being forced to rent, with most landlords unwilling to allow pets.
They've now launched a campaign to get more animials re-housed. Cary Johnston reports.
Bubble is the eight hundredth animal to arrive at Old Windsor's Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The centre is taking in, on average, six animals every day.
Seven abandoned cats are hoping some Don Draper stardust will help them find new homes.
Staff at Battersea Old Windsor have named them Peggy, Betty, Joan, Megan, Sally, Dawn and Trudy in honour of the television show Mad Men.
And it's worked - some have already been adopted, but three cats still need a place to call home. Kate Bunkall reports.
Agoraphobic rescue dog Whisper is so terrified of people and the outside world that staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are finding it impossible to find her a new home.
Whilst most rescue dogs love nothing more than ‘walkies’, meeting people and other dogs, and running around the Home’s exercise paddocks with their balls, Whisper will only leave her kennel once all the other dogs are in bed for the night and the staff and visitors have gone home. Only when the grounds are deserted for the day does she feel it’s safe to venture outside.
Battersea staff have encountered all sorts of behaviours over the years but agoraphobic Whisper is one of the most extreme cases they have ever faced and they wonder how she will ever meet new owners.
Six-year-old Whisper was found cowering underneath a bush in Surrey back in January. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier had most likely been used as a breeding bitch before being brought to Battersea’s Old Windsor Home as a stray.
She was undernourished, and her teats were terribly stretched after giving birth to and feeding litter after litter. Whisper’s fear of the outdoors is probably a result of being kept in a shed or indoor cage. She was given her name as the slightest noise or movement would have her cowering in her bed, too scared to leave her kennel and petrified of people and other dogs.
A dog at an animal centre in Kent has been waiting for more than 250 days for a new owner.
Lady, the 4-year-old Boxer Cross, has received little interest from potential owners at the Battersea Brands Hatch Centre.
The average stay for a Battersea dog is just 35 days.
Lady was the first dog through Battersea Brands Hatch's doors in 2013. She was brought in because her owners could no longer care for her.
She was pregnant when she arrived and once she had given birth to her seven puppies, they were all re-homed quickly.
Richard King, the Centre Manager at Battersea Brands Hatch has said, "She is such a gorgeous girl and will make a fantastic companion. We just can't understand why she has been with us for so long."
If you think you can prevent Lady from being lonesome, click here.
A family from Sittingbourne have given a new home to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s 1000th dog of 2013. The nine week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup named Emerald arrived at the animal charity along with his six littermates because their owner could no longer care for them.
But it wasn’t long before precious little Emerald caught the eye of a new family, and was at Battersea for just eight days before finding a new home in Kent.
You may have seen Battersea Dogs and Cats home on ITV recently when entertainer Paul O'Grady spent some weeks at their London centre. Battersea also has rehoming centres at Brands Hatch and Old Windsor; and some of the animals want to get a job - as David Johns explains.