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Seeing the Softer Side of Staffies

08 August 2014
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

UK - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (BDCH) has teamed up with Cheltenham Animal Shelter in a bid to show the softer side of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, as the rescue centre sees unwanted Staffies coming through its doors

Cheltenham Animal Shelter’s campaign 'Staffies. They’re Softer Than You Think' aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Staffie, challenge negative perceptions about the breed and show the true soft character of these loveable dogs, that were once known as ‘Nanny dogs’ for their affinity with children.

Centres like Cheltenham Animal Shelter and Battersea are the last hope for thousands of unwanted and abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Staffie crosses. In 2013 Cheltenham Animal Shelter cared for 141 Staffies and Staffie crossbreeds; of those 61 were claimed and 64 were rehomed, they currently have 23 looking for new homes.

staffyReuben Croft, Community Fundraiser at Cheltenham Animal Shelter explains: “We see a large number of Staffie and Staffie crosses coming into our centre.

"Any dog can be trained to be aggressive, and sadly Staffies are the victims of a minority of irresponsible dog owners.

"Staffies adore human company and we are determined to show that they make fantastic family companions.”

Laura Jenkins, Head of Animal Services at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home adds: “Battersea has seen a huge increase in the number of Staffies coming into its care and around a third of the dogs we take in are Staffies and Staffie crosses. We know what wonderful family pets they can be and it’s great to have the chance to work with Cheltenham Animal Shelter to spread the word and give Staffies the second chance they deserve.”

As part of its campaign with Battersea, Cheltenham Animal Shelter is working with many proud, responsible local Staffie owners to champion the positive qualities of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Reuben Croft adds: “Thousands of proud and responsible Staffie owners will tell you that Staffies are gentle, friendly dogs and a million miles away from the hard image they have been unfairly tarnished with. We have some great local residents who have rehomed Staffies from us who are tremendous ambassadors for the breed.”

If you can give a Staffie a second chance please contact Cheltenham Animal Shelter here or call 01242 523521.

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