His TV documentary Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs may have come to an end, but it’s only the beginning of the British comic/TV presenter’s dogged devotion to the orphan animals at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home as he takes on roles both as a special Ambassador for the renowned charity…and as a doting Dad to one of Battersea’s former residents.
Already the proud pet parent to rescue Rovers Olga, Louie and Bullseye as well as a bevy of barnyard animals, on the final day of filming ITV1′s seven-week-long look at the adoption center’s London headquarters the talk show host fell in love with Eddie, a Chihuahua mix puppy who was born by emergency C-section and the only one of his litter mates who had not been adopted. (While little Eddie left Battersea with his new famous father, a faithfully rendered bronze sculpture of Paul O’Grady’s beloved late sidekick both on TV and in life, a Shih-Tzu mix named Buster–who passed away in 2009 at the age of 14– now greets potential pet parents when they visit the world famous organization.)
The cameras which chronicled the comic’s two-month stint at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home are no longer rolling, but Paul O’Grady will continue to shine a spotlight on the rescue organization as a special Ambassador. Having recently helped to raise funds for the rescue at BGC partners Charity Day, his next official act will take place on November 8th as he co-hosts the charity’s annual star-studded Collars & Coats Gala Ball.
Speaking about his new role, the star stated; “I’m so proud to be a Battersea Ambassador and to carry on supporting their amazing work. Being a part of Battersea has been an absolute joy. I’m such a sucker for animals but I have a particular fondness for dogs, as you might have guessed! Spending so much time at Battersea really opened my eyes to how many unwanted and neglected dogs there are, which breaks my heart, but at the same time Battersea is such a happy and enriching place.”
For more information:
- visit www.battersea.org.uk
Photo Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home