From a bed-wetting cat to a hyperactive hound and a homeless horse... welcome to the wonderful world of Pam's Problem Pets!
For the past 25 years Pam St Clement was famous for playing the iconic Pat Butcher in EastEnders. But late last year, Pam decided to finally hang up Pat's earrings for good and waived Walford goodbye forever!
However the Square's loss is our gain because today we are thrilled to welcome Pam as our new animal expert! Today Pam has a selection of unwanted animals who desperately need your help to find a home.
Meet the pets
Flower the longest-standing dog at Battersea
Flower is a two to three year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross, who arrived at Battersea Dogs home in October. She has been with them for 152 days, making her the longest standing resident. She was found as a stray, and when she arrived she was in a really bad state, as her fur was falling out and she was very thin. She had saggy mammary glands and we suspect she was used for breeding (where people breed a Staffie again and again, and then dump them when they are no longer of use, so she's clearly had a really sad life). She loves people but she doesn't always sell herself well in her kennel, and most people walk straight past her. She also looks quite unusual for a Staffie but she is a lovely friendly girl and loves being with people.
If you think you can give Flower a good home visit www.battersea.org.uk
Holly the bed-wetting cat
Holly is from the RSPCA. She is a long haired tortoiseshell cat from South Godstone. She is currently being fostered by a member of the RSPCA HQ because she is having such a hard time living in a centre. Holly got so stressed being in the cattery for over five months that she started wetting her bed. Being away from the cattery she is fine so is desperate for a permanent home.
If you think you can give Holly a good home visit www.rspca.org.uk
Patch the hyperactive dog
Patch is a five month old Staffie puppy, who was brought into Battersea in January, as he didn't get on with his owner's cat. He is a very mischievous puppy, so needs experienced owners who have owned Staffies before and are willing to spend time training him. His looks are deceptive, as he looks very cute, but needs a lot of time and patience!
If you think you can give Patch a good home visit www.battersea.org.uk
Tarquin the Tegu
Tarquin came into the RSPCA's care a couple of weeks ago, via the police - they had found him abandoned in central London. He is a beautiful black and white pattern Tegu and about 4ft long. Tegu's are similar to monitor lizards and inhabit the the tropical rain-forest of east and central South America. Although it is very difficult to age a Tegu, he is a healthy and energetic boy. Keith - the RSPCA exotics expert - will walk Tarquin on a lead (using a specialist harness). He is rather docile and fond of human company.
If you think you can give Tarquin a good home visit www.rspca.org.uk
Nigel and Pete the homeless cockerels
The RSPCA also have some rather splendid cockerels in their care, called Nigel & Pete - they are seeing an increasing number of cockerels abandoned at RSPCA centres, as the craze for keeping 'backyard' chickens begins to wane, and cockerels are quite loud, and of course do not lay eggs - so are the first to go. They are also used a lot in illegal fighting, and so often come in with horrific injuries. The RSPCA believe Nigel & Pete might have been abused in the past, but they are lovely animals, and magnificent birds.
If you think you can give Nigel and Pete a good home visit www.rspca.org.uk
Gertie the abandoned horse
Gertie is a miserable Mare, but a beautiful large thoroughbred horse. She is round 20 years old who the RSPCA have had in their care of our Southridge Centre for many years. Gertie was abandoned by her owner who turned her out into a field and was never seen again. As the weather worsened and the grass died, she started to lose condition so the RSPCA were called in. Something horrible happened to Gertie in the past because she goes into a blind panic if you try to tack her up. She would however be a wonderful companion horse.
If you think you can give Gertie a good home visit www.rspca.org.uk