In 1860 Mrs Mary Tealby, concerned by the number of stray dogs in London, set up ‘The Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs’.
Originally based in Holloway the Home relocated to Battersea in 1871 and changed its name to Battersea Dogs Home.
Battersea in London is one of three centres – the other two are at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent. Although Battersea took in its first cat in 1883, they didn’t change their name to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home until 2002.
A few facts about Battersea Dogs & Cats Home:
- They pioneered the microchipping of dogs
- They care for around 300 dogs and 220 cats at any one time
- Every day, on average, they take in 13 dogs and 9 cats
- The average stay for dogs is 36 days and for cats 27 days
- Across all three centres, 365 members of staff are supported by more than 1,000 volunteers
- The three centres costs £18.4 million a year to run.
Our exhibition Stand at FutureScape 2015 was next to Perfectly Green who were working on a project at Battersea, Old Windsor. They were looking for a quality, low maintenance surface to replace the rubber crumb that was too slippery.
Impressed with the quality and benefits of SureSet they believed it to be the ideal alternative.
We arranged a site visit to assess the needs of the dogs and suitability of SureSet.
In December we installed a permeable pathway in the exercise paddock for adult dogs and a new training area for puppies in 6mm Norwegian Pearl. The paddock is like a small park and includes a tree, artificial grass and a sand pit for the dogs to explore, play and exercise.
The training area looks similar to a toddlers’ playground – perfect for training excitable puppies!
As well as looking amazing, the new resin bound footpath and training area benefits from the many safety and maintenance features that come with SureSet permeable paving:
- Non slip
- No puddles
- No weeds
- No loose stone
- Easy to clean.
Both the dogs, Perfectly Green and Battersea are delighted with the new paving.