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Freshfields Animal Rescue chosen as recipient of Paul O’Grady tribute fund

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Freshfields Animal Rescue chosen as recipient of Paul O’Grady tribute fund
Freshfields Animal Rescue has been chosen for the Paul O'Grady Tribute Fund. Photo Credit PA

Today, on what would have marked the 11th anniversary of Paul O’Grady MBE becoming an Ambassador for Battersea, the leading animal welfare charity has announced plans to help thousands of animals in need with money raised from public donations following his passing.

Battersea will be sharing over a fifth of the funds raised between five other animal charities close to Paul O’Grady’s heart, and Freshfields Animal Rescue is one of them! 

Also included are Carla Lane Animals in Need and The Oldies Club, which are all charities near Paul’s birthplace of Liverpool, and will be receiving a gift of £20,000 each along with StreetVet, for whom Paul was Ambassador, and RSPCA Ashford Green Cattery where he was President and close to his home in Kent.

Battersea will be sharing over a fifth of the funds raised between five other animal charities close to Paul O’Grady’s heart

Stuey and Felix. Credit: Freshfields Animal Rescue
Stuey and Felix. Credit: Freshfields Animal Rescue

A spokesperson for Freshfields said:

“It is a real honour to have been chosen as a recipient of the Paul O’Grady tribute fund by Battersea. Paul’s passion for animal welfare helped enormously with shining a light on rescue animals who need a second chance in life. 

“This generous funding will help carry on his incredible legacy by allowing us to care, support and give medical attention to rescued animals. We are planning to use it for preventative work.  Always better than cure!  We want to expand our vet facilities for neutering for more dogs and cats from our Liverpool centre.  It is desperately needed as there is an enormous challenge for us with the overpopulation of pets.

“We want Paul’s legacy to prevent dogs and cats from abandonment and risk of an early end to their life.

“We will be able to neuter many more dogs with this funding.

“We do need everyone to help by not letting your dog or cat have a litter. And we would ask everyone: please neuter the pets you have.

“That way, together, we’ll make sure we do Paul proud and carry on his fantastic legacy. 

“Paul was rightly loved and respected by people of Merseyside and it’s all the more meaningful that this funding will transform the lives of many animals in Liverpool and the North West. We will do him proud.”

Paul O'Grady tribute
Paul O’Grady was hailed as ‘devoted animal lover’ by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (PA)

Almost 20,000 donations were made to Battersea in Paul’s honour from generous members of the public wanting to pay their respects and express their gratitude. A staggering £480,000 was donated and after consulting with Paul’s closest family and friends Battersea is sharing how the money will go towards helping those animals most in need.

In addition to honouring the late presenter by naming Battersea’s state of the art clinic facilities ‘The Paul O’Grady Veterinary Hospital’, the charity will spend the funds helping dogs and cats who need specialist care and treatment.

Every year, Battersea invests hundreds of thousands of pounds providing the very best care for animals and, where possible, these animals are treated by Battersea’s expert veterinary team; however, in some cases external specialists and surgical teams are needed. Battersea will use the tribute fund on life-saving and transformative medical procedures for these animals in their care.

Dogs like two-year-old Newfoundland, Peggy, who Paul met whilst filming the last series of ITV show Paul O’Grady: For the love of Dogs. The presenter followed Peggy’s progress as she underwent life-changing surgery during her time at Battersea before going on to find her forever home.

For more info on Freshfields Animal Rescue click HERE.

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