The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s rescue dog agility team has won the backing of insurance giant Liverpool Victoria (LV=).

The Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s rescue dog agility team has won the backing of insurance giant Liverpool Victoria (LV=).

Known around the world, the display team perform jumps, hurdles, turns, tricks and obedience tasks and LV= is sponsoring the gifted group to perform at seven dog shows over the next year, including Discover Dogs and Crufts 2014.

The Battersea agility team was formed nine years ago and the current motley crew includes Frank, the Staffordshire bull terrier who featured on series one of Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs; Twiggy, a previously obese border collie; Squirt, a Staffordshire bull terrier; Woody the Spitz; and Jelly, a border collie who also competes in sheep dog trials.

Ali Taylor, head of canine welfare training at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, said: “The display team not only promote the amazing work of the charity at high profile events, they also debunk the myth that dogs looking for homes are not obedient or not trainable.

“There are all kinds of breeds and ages of dogs in the team, but they have one thing in common – they’ve all been under the care of the home and prove rescue dogs can be just as talented as any other dog.”

Selwyn Fernandes, managing director of LV= Insurance, added: “This is the first time we have worked with an animal charity and we are really excited to be supporting the team.

“The display team partnership will help raise the profile of the LV= brand among dog and cat lovers across the country and is aligned to our mission of helping people look after what they love.”

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