Two stray dogs from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have put their paw of approval on their own “Magna Barka”, in the year the Magna Carta turns 800.

Paw of approval: Carta gives the Magna Barka his approval at Runnymede. Photo credit: Battersea Dogs and cats Home.

The Magna Carta, which established everybody, including the king, was subject to the law, was signed in Runnymede in 1215.

Today, it is a common sight to see Battersea dogs being walked in the fields around Runnymede, as the Old Windsor, Berkshire rescue centre is just metres from where the event took place.

Recently, two Battersea residents; a Shar-Pei cross called Magna and a lurcher called Carter, visited the fields to affix their paw of approval on Battersea’s Magna Barka, which champions freedoms and liberties for animals.  

Abandoned dogs and cats are all too often brought to Battersea after being denied the freedoms given to them by law, leaving staff to pick up the pieces, the charity says.

The Magna Barka sets out all dogs and cats should live in a home where they are treated with love, care and respect.

Battersea Old Windsor centre manager Kaye Mughal said: “Battersea’s Magna Barka is all about ensuring animals are in loving homes where they are given the care, treatment and affection they deserve.”

She added: “Our charity will always do everything we can to give our animals a bright future and we hope all pet owners will join us in this pledge”. Staff will be hoping to find homes for their own Magna and Carta at the Old Windsor Fun Day on July 4.

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