Celebrities are accustomed to standing in the spotlight, but on the evening of November 25, 2010 adoptable dogs from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home had the chance to lap up the limelight as they posed for photos with the famous faces attending the animal welfare organization’s 150th anniversary party, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball.
The sea of stars who strolled the red carpet at Battersea Power Station couldn’t resist the 150 Rovers who comprised the dog Guard of Honour. Putting on the dog for the soiree, the dogs were decked out in Battersea jackets over the snug knitted sweaters which kept the chilly temperature at bay.
Amanda Holden, who makes the dream of stardom a reality for talented contestants as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, took part in making Battersea’s dream of a better life for Britain’s dogs and cats a reality as the host of the high-profile event. This is not the first time that the TV presenter has stepped out for a canine cause. In 2009 Ms. Holden and her rescue dog– a Cairn Terrier cross called Fudge– promenaded on the pavement in a Pedigree Adoption Drive “Dog Tag Team Relay” fundraising walk.
Dog devotee Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame and his partner Sarah Fisher, who show their compassion for all creatures great and small through Tilley Farm, smiled for the cameras with a lovable nine-month-old hound named Lucy.
Royalty has long played a role in the history of Battersea. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall recently paid a visit to the organization’s new cattery, and the charity’s president HRH Prince Michael of Kent— who adopted a black Labrador from Battersea– provided a regal touch to the gala ball.
She may not be royalty, but Catherine Tate is a queen of British comedy. The former Doctor Who star– who is the proud pet parent of two cats from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home named Tiger and Trevor– made fast friends with Patrick, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is waiting for his forever home.
Rockers who raised the roof for Rovers included Brian May of Queen, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and the cast of The Phantom of The Opera. When guests weren’t tapping their feet to the beat, they were bidding on luxury items, including a trip to Thailand which garnered £10,000 for Battersea, and a Rugby World Cup package to New Zealand which brought in £11,000 for the organization.
For more information about Battersea Dogs and Cats Home:
- visit www.battersea.org.uk
Photos courtesy Picapp