Battersea Dogs and Cats Home purring with delight after NTA nomination for Paul O’Grady series

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is hoping to get its paws on a third National Television Award after being shortlisted for the fourth consecutive year.

The hounds and heros in season three of the ITV series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs beat stiff competition in the Best Factual Entertainment category for 2016.

Viewership totalled an impressive 53 million for the series, which featured Whisper the agoraphobic staffie and Grommet, a cheese-addicted obese Jack Russell.

The charity is now appealing to supporters and friends to cast their votes to secure the industry’s top accolade, and believes the award helps raise awareness and improves the lives of suffering dogs across Britain.

This news comes as BDCH announced in December last year that it had microchipped 500 dogs for free in a bid to fight against their mistreatment and abandonment.

The charity also fiercely fought against illegal puppy breeding in 2015 with an ongoing awareness campaign illuminating the dark world surrounding what uncertified breeders will do for a quick sale.

The home cared for 8000 cats and dogs in 2014 and has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million since it was established in 1860.

The final round of voting is now open and people can show their support for Battersea by casting a vote at

The winner will be announced live on ITV on January 20.

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