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A Home of Their Own: 150 Years of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home by Garry Jenkins

A Home of Their Own: 150 Years of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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A happy 150th birthday to Battersea and to celebrate, Garry Jenkins has written this welcome history outlining the development of the home from those early days as the Home for Lost and Starving Dogs in a Holloway side street. There are plenty of archive photographs, engravings and illustrations to illuminate the text showing just a few of the millions of dogs – and cats who have been saved by Battersea. Even with much expanded premises it’s still bursting at the seams, dogs and cats still being abandoned and abused in great numbers. Buy this and you can enjoy a book packed with wonderful stories and ensure more pennies in the coffers – all royalties go to the home.

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A Home of Their Own: 150 Years of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home by Garry Jenkins

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is one of the best-known animal sanctuaries in the world. Since it first opened its doors in 1860, millions of lost, abused and abandoned pets have benefited from its founder's promise that no dog or cat 'in any condition be, on any pretence whatever, refused admittance'. Around the world Battersea is a byword for compassion and hope. It hasn't always been this way. When the Home was first established, Victorian London had little time for the canine strays that routinely wandered its grimy streets; homeless dogs found on the pavements were routinely destroyed. During its early years the Home was threatened by financial crises, threats of eviction and legal action by neighbours upset by the constant barking. Then came rabies epidemics and the Blitz. Yet the Home not only survived, it thrived. Here is the story of this remarkable institution. It tells how the treatment of dogs and cats has evolved from Victorian times up to the present day. At its heart is the story of the remarkable characters who made Battersea what it is today, from the mysterious Mary Tealby, the remarkable founder of the Home, to Airedale Jack, the Battersea dog who became a hero in the trenches of the Great War. It is a book that will warm the hearts of animal lovers everywhere.


It's fantastic that Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is still going strong after 150 years. As a dog lover myself, I fully support the work of the Home. Rescuing a dog or cat is such a fulfilling and rewarding experience as I have found with Buster, Olga and Bullseye! I would recommend anyone to consider getting their pet from a rescue home like Battersea. It's great to think of the thousands of animals they've helped over the years - long may it continue! Paul O'Grady For 150 years Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has been salvation for thousands of dogs and cats. The staff are incredible and I sincerely wishand hope they are around for at least another 150 years Simon Cowell Congratulations Battersea! The cats and dogs who find their way here are the lucky ones. Judi Dench The story is all here: compassion, determination, adversity, politics, wartime cares, 21st Century carelessness. -- Libby Purves Mail on Sunday 20100725

About the Author

Garry Jenkins is an author and journalist. During a twenty-five-year career he has written for magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, from Elle and Esquire to Time Out and The Daily Mail. He now writes regularly for The Times. His many books include Colonel Cody & The Flying Cathedral, a historical biography of the first man to fly in Britain, and Play It Again Tom: Curious Truths About Cats & Dogs (written under the pseudonym Augustus Brown). As a ghost-writer he has collaborated on a number of dog-related titles. He lives with his family in London.

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Publication date

24th June 2010


Garry Jenkins

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Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


256 pages


The Real World

Dogs as pets
Cats as pets
Animals & society



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