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Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall Visits Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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While the world will have to wait until 2013 to celebrate the arrival of Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge’s bundle of joy, animal lovers were happy to discover that the pitter patter of tiny paws was heard by members of the British royal family earlier this year when Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, adopted a Jack Russell Terrier named Bluebell from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

On December 12th the pup and her playmate, Beth– another Jack Russell Terrier who was adopted from the renowned UK animal charity by Prince Charles’s wife back in August 2011– accompanied their high-profile pet parent on a visit to the site that gave them both a new lease on life.

Her Royal Highness, who opened Battersea’s new cattery during the animal welfare organization’s 150th anniversary year, was met by faithful Fidos who lined up for the Battersea “Guard of Honour” as The Duchess of Cornwall arrived to tour the facility’s kennels and meet with staff and volunteers.

During her visit The Duchess of Cornwall also met the comic TV (and new doting Dad to a Battersea puppy) Paul O’Grady, who helped to shine a spotlight on the animal welfare organization in the seven part series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, and will delight dog devotees once again when ITV1 airs a new hour-long Christmas special featuring more of the charity’s resident Rovers.

Battersea Chief Executive Claire Horton said: “Today was a fantastic day and we were honoured to welcome The Duchess of Cornwall to Battersea for a second time. We are exceptionally proud of the care and dedication our staff and volunteers offer each animal who arrives at our gate, and it was wonderful to show Her Royal Highness what goes on behind the scenes at Battersea. As a dog-lover she really enjoyed meeting our residents looking for a new home, and we are incredibly grateful for her support.”

Battersea Dogs and Cat’s Home’s three centers provide comfort and care for approximately 6,000 abandoned, lost or neglected canines each year.

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Photo Credit: Clint Images/Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

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