Staffordshire resident is won over by Staffie 322 miles away

Martha and the staff at Battersea

An animal lover from Newcastle-Under-Lyme in Staffordshire has come to the rescue of a Staffie who spent 464 days in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Paul Hackney travelled all the way down to Battersea’s Old Windsor site after falling for the sad story of ten year old Martha.

Martha arrived as a stray at Battersea’s Old Windsor site back in April 2014 after she was found wandering the streets of Hillingdon. She featured in countless appeals throughout 2014 and 2015 to help her find a home, with no luck. The Staffie found kennel life quite stressful so spent most of her days with staff in offices. Martha eventually captured the heart of Paul who was on the look-out for a new dog and was eager to meet her after seeing her photo online

Martha happy to find a new home
Martha happy to find a new home

Paul said

“I found out about Martha from my son and daughter-in-law who both volunteer for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and live in London. They thought she was the perfect dog for me and at their suggestion, I came down to meet her and knew immediately she was the dog for me.”

The ten year old was very good for the long journey home settling down for the five hour drive and sleeping most of the way. Paul said

“She’s made herself right at home with me and my other son and is an absolute delight to have as the newest member of the family. She enjoys running around our big garden or just lying in the sun, watching the birds and squirrels”.

Kaye Mughal, Battersea’s Old Windsor Centre Manager, said:

“After 464 days with us, we all became very fond of Martha and it’ll be strange here without her.

“It was an emotional goodbye, but we’re thrilled she’s got a second chance in Staffordshire and are over the moon Paul travelled all that way to offer her a happy home.”

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