The national institution that is Battersea Dogs Home has announced that it is to change its name to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. The change officially marks the great work that the Home does for the lost and abandoned cats in its care.
Duncan Green, Director General of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said, "Many people are still unaware that the Home rescues, reunites and rehomes hundreds of cats every year, and has done since 1883. Our feline friends are such a big part of the Home so it's only right that we make their status official".
The official logo will be changed over time, but this wasn't a decision that was made lightly; by 2001, Battersea's cat intake reached 25% of their total animal intake but, in spite of the BBC TV series, many people still didn't know that they had cats at the London site. In addition, recent research amongst supporters highlighted that the current logo wasn't felt to reflect the publics' perception of the Home as a warm, caring and welcoming organisation.