Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has today revealed that the charity received an incredible £800,000 last year, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

This generous support has had a direct impact on the lives of thousands of animals that came through the gates of Battersea’s three rescue centres during 2018 and helped the leading animal welfare charity continue their much-needed work across different areas including providing excellent veterinary treatment to the animals in their care and engaging with communities to offer support and advice.

People's postcode lottery players help thousands of animals in needDuring 2018 Battersea’s veterinary team helped thousands of dogs and cats with a variety of medical issues ranging from minor dental work and neutering to major surgeries and long-term treatments costing tens of thousands of pounds. The funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery helped many animals receive this vital medical care.

One such animal was eight-year-old Pug cross Florence who had been hit by two cars, leaving her unable to walk. Battersea’s vets were unable to save one of her legs but after treatment and care, Florence was ready to start a new life in a new home. Another abandoned animal who came to Battersea in need of medical attention was Herbert the cat who came to Battersea’s Old Windsor centre towards the end of last year. The Persian suffered from several health problems that required immediate medical attention including issues with his eyes, skin and teeth. After several treatments and procedures and a lot of loving care from staff and volunteers, Herbert was ready to go to his new home.

Amy Metcalf-McQueeney, Senior Philanthropy and Trusts Manager, at Battersea said:

People's postcode lottery players help thousands of animals in need“We’re incredibly grateful for the continued support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and on behalf of all at Battersea, including the dogs and cats, we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who plays the lottery. The money raised truly does make a real difference to the lives of the animals in our care and we couldn’t do it without support from the animal-loving public.”

Postcode Animal Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely through players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and has been supporting Battersea since 2014, and have so far raised a total of £2.9 million for thousands of the nation’s unwanted or abandoned dogs and cats.

On any given day, Battersea cares for approximately 200 cats and 300 dogs across three different sites in London, Kent and Windsor. On average it will take 22 days for a cat and 38 days for a dog to find a loving, new home.