Fans of Fidos and famous faces have the chance to make great strides toward creating a better tomorrow for pets in need by bidding on the opportunity to enjoy a canine constitutional with a celebrity as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home unleashes a fundraising eBay auction in celebration of the upcoming Collars & Coats Gala Ball.
On November 1st dog devotees can ‘take the lead’ by being among the first to place a bid to go on a 30-minute walkie in Battersea Park with a rescue Rover, a Battersea Dogs and Cats Home representative, and one of the following high-profile pals to those with paws:
- He’s won Emmys, a Tony, Golden Globes and an Oscar, and now actor Jeremy Irons has won the hearts of animal lovers by taking part in the pooch promenade.
- He’s stepped out out on catwalks around the globe, and soon supermodel David Gandy (seen in the photo above) will stroll with an adoptable Spot and one lucky online auction winner. Speaking about the fundraiser, Gandy said; “I can often be found at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with the rescue dogs, visiting and helping out. As their Ambassador, I like to support however I can and to share this experience with someone and raise much needed funds at the same time, is a pleasure. Giving fans the chance to walk a Battersea dog with someone they would like to meet, is a great way to do this and lots of well known people have come together to make it happen.”
- On November 7th she will step on stage as the co-host of the Collars & Coats Gala Ball, and once the bidding is complete Britain’s Got Talent judge (and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home celebrity ambassador) Amanda Holden will step out in Battersea Park with a bidder and an adoptable barking buddy. “It is such an honour for me to be supporting Battersea at the Collars & Coats Gala Ball again this year. As a Battersea Ambassador I want to support the charity in any way I can and all the money raised through the auction will help more deserving animals find new loving homes. I am really excited about going on my walkies with a couple of gorgeous Battersea dogs and a lucky winner.”
- Ashleigh and Pudsey, who waltzed away with top honors on Britain’s Got Talent in 2012 with their Mission Impossible-themed dance routine, have animal lovers applauding for their participation in the fundraising auction. Ashleigh stated that “Every dog deserves a loving home and Battersea do a fantastic job helping lost and abandoned dogs. Pudsey and dogs is an absolute joy. So come on, start placing your eBay bids and help us raise as much money as we can for Battersea.”
- A compassionate animal advocate who is always willing to go the extra mile for a paws cause, TV presenter Ben Fogle is also among the list celebrity walkers. “As a dog lover, I whole-heartedly support Battersea’s fantastic work and so it’s an absolute honour to be able to raise much needed funds. The dogs deserve every penny we raise and I’m really looking forward to my walk with a very special rescue pup and an eBay winner.”
- His fancy footwork led his dance troupe Diversity all the way to first place in the 2009 edition of Britain’s Got Talent, and now Got to Dance judge Ashley Banjo will amble on the pathways at Battersea Park with a fortunate bidder.
- The proud pet parent of Bonzo, a former four-legged resident at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, British broadcaster Neil Fox will also take part in the fundraiser to help the organization that helped his canine companion.
The dog walk with celebrities will take place at a mutually convenient time when the celebrity is in London. Travel to Battersea Park is not included. A representative from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home will be present on the 30 minute walk.
The eBay auction, which will run through midnight on November 8th, is being launched to support the charity’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball, an evening of glitz and glamour that is all about raising money to enable Battersea to care for thousands of lost and abandoned dogs and cats.
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For more information regarding Battersea Dogs and Cats Home:
- visit www.battersea.org.uk
Photo Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home