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.
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.
Publication date: 24/06/2010
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||24th June 2010|
|Publisher:||Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||The Real World,|
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.More About Garry Jenkins