Christmas Special Shines Spotlight on Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

After all of the presents have been unwrapped on Christmas Day, dog devotees in the UK will discover one more holiday gift when they turn on the telly.

Following the success of the seven-part series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, the resident Rovers at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home will bring a bit of tail-wagging Christmas cheer and touch the hearts of millions of households in a new one-hour special.

Once again Paul O’Grady will take viewers to the renowned animal welfare charity, where this time the pup-loving TV personality will cook a Christmas lunch for the canines, answer phones, give gifts and showcase some of the Spots who are hoping that their holiday wish to find a forever home comes true this year, such as Cracker, a terrier with a bad hip; NuNu, a St. Bernard who only understands Chinese; Willow, a former racing greyhound who now is unable to make it upstairs; and Colleen, a husky who treats her toys like puppies following a phantom pregnancy.

Along with shining a spotlight on Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s adorable adoptables on his ITV1 series, in 2012 Paul O’Grady also joined supermodel David Gandy as a celebrity ambassador for the charity; helped to raise funds for the organization at BGC Partners Charity Day; co-hosted Battersea’s 4th annual Collars and Coats Gala Ball; welcomed Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall and her two rescue dogs to the charity when she paid a return visit to the site which had offered both of her Jack Russell Terriers a new lease on life; and welcomed Eddie, a Chihuahua mix puppy from Battersea into his heart and home.

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas will air Christmas Day at 6 p.m. on ITV1.

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