We are terribly sad to hear that Paul O'Grady has died.
We’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to Paul’s family and friends. An ambassador for Battersea, he was devoted to animals, especially dogs. He treated dogs like human beings and found it so very difficult to not adopt all of the dogs he met whilst visiting Battersea, and starring in his well loved show 'For the love of Dogs.' He tirelessly fought to raise awareness to rehoming rescue dogs of all ages, raising the profile of Battersea to millions across the world.
In 2022, he worked closely with patron Her Majesty The Queen Consort to promote rescue animals in a Royal Special of ‘POGDOGS’. Since hearing the news, the Royal household have released the following statement on Twitter: "Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Paul O’Grady, who worked closely with Her Majesty in support of @Battersea, providing lots of laughter and many waggy-tailed memories."
Battersea Chief Executive, Peter Laurie says: "Battersea will forever remember Paul as a devoted animal lover with the biggest heart, who fell head over heels in love with every dog he met at our centres. Paul will always be associated with Battersea and we are truly saddened to have lost such a true friend and huge part of our charity.” “Paul had an extremely hands on approach as a Battersea Ambassador and has been fundamental in helping our charity to communicate important campaign messages. He was a champion for the underdog and would do anything to ensure all animals live a healthy and happy life. He will be dearly missed.”
Paul, thank you for all of the love you gave to man's best friend, your legacy will live on.
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