The Queen visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home yesterday (March 17) to officially open the charity’s new £4.8m kennel development.

The Queen has been patron of Battersea since 1956 and was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh as she was shown how the new canine facilities will play a vital role in supporting dogs.  

Speaking before the royal visit, Claire Horton, chief executive of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, said: “We are truly thrilled Her Majesty is opening our new kennels at Battersea and sharing with us the most important day for the home in decades.

“This is the biggest development in the home’s history and we’re honoured to have our royal patron meeting some of the many animals that will benefit from these new facilities.”  

Battersea opened its doors to 5,000 dogs in 2014. From spaniels to staffies the new Mary Tealby kennels will help Battersea continue to provide canine care to dogs when they first arrive at the charity.  

The new kennels replace noisy and outdated Victorian facilities that were closed in 2012 after providing a home to around one million dogs over the centuries.

The new block will provide accommodation for 56 dogs. The focus is on providing a quiet, calming environment for the home’s most vulnerable dogs.

Each kennel has built-in speakers to play calming music and an external run area, while adjoining paddocks have paddling pools, climbing mounds, play equipment, and plants to awaken and interest dogs’ senses.

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