Battersea and StreetVet partner to help more pets in need

Battersea is pleased to announce a new partnership with StreetVet, a charity that delivers free veterinary services to dogs owned by the homeless and those in temporary accommodation and hostels.

The partnership will see Battersea give StreetVet operational and logistical support, including expert advice from its staff, clinical support, and kennel space for animals in urgent need of care. Battersea also plans to work with StreetVet on a range of projects that will help the charity to reach more dogs in need. For example, providing advice and training to hostel staff to promote and facilitate hostels accepting dogs – creating more safe places to sleep for both dogs and their owners.

Battersea’s Deputy Chief Executive, Peter Laurie, said, “I’m excited at the prospect of Battersea and StreetVet coming together for a partnership that aligns both organisations’ strategic values. Both of us care deeply about the welfare of dogs, particularly those most in need. StreetVet relies almost entirely on the support of a growing network of volunteers, including members of the Battersea clinic team, and is a great example of a volunteer-led organisation delivering significant impact on a wide geographical scale. By working together, we can increase our collective impact and help more animals in need.”

Sam Joseph, Veterinary Surgeon and co-founder of StreetVet, said, “We are really excited about the official partnership between StreetVet and Battersea. As a small, growing charity, StreetVet will hugely benefit from the expertise, infrastructure and resources of one of the country’s most loved and respected animal charities.”

He continued, “This partnership will help StreetVet continue to provide free, accessible veterinary care to those most in need, while further increasing the impact that Battersea has on the welfare of dogs and cats across the UK.”

Viewers of Battersea’s ITV series Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs will have seen Veterinary Director, Shaun Opperman team up with StreetVet last year to help dogs and their homeless owners. He was joined by Paul O’Grady, who is an Ambassador for both charities.


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Notes to editors


  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 150 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and re-homed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • We believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need.
  • Battersea helps nearly 7,000 dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help thousands more animals all over the country and across the world.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 250 dogs and 120 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 35 days and 23 days for a cat.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
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  • StreetVet is now a registered charity delivering veterinary services to pets owned by the homeless and those in temporary accommodation and hostels
  • The charity is now present in 15 towns and cities across the UK, with two more planned to open soon
  • StreetVet relies on a team of over 500 volunteers
  • Since its inception in 2016, the charity has carried out almost 3,000 consultations to over 700 patients on the streets
  • For further information on StreetVet, please visit
  • Follow StreetVet on Twitter @streetvetuk or