This year marks an extraordinary twenty-year partnership between the The Kennel Club Charitable Trust and Battersea

Now, as the KCCT approaches its 40th anniversary in 2027, we are celebrating with a ground-breaking grant of £300,000 to the Battersea Academy during the next 6 years.

The Battersea Academy works with rescue organisations throughout the UK, providing animal welfare practitioners with world-class training and support. Delivered by Battersea’s experts, the Academy programmes are designed to equip professionals and volunteers with the knowledge and practical skills needed to operate their own rescue and rehoming centres. Since its inception in 2018, when the Kennel Club Charitable Trust was one of the founding funders, 50 training programmes have been delivered to 715 delegates from 226 animal welfare organisations. Such is the success of the Battersea Academy, the team plan to increase their reach and ensure 100,000 dogs and cats are helped through their programmes by 2024.

‘The Battersea Academy is a lifeline to so many smaller canine welfare charities who need help to make their operations more sustainable, efficient and professional,’ says Bill King, KCCT’s Chair of Trustees. ‘In funding much-needed grants and training sessions that enable Battersea’s outstanding team to share their knowledge and expertise, we have an opportunity to change the lives of thousands of dogs, every year. Ultimately, our aim is to keep tails wagging by supporting those who do so much to rescue, train and rehome many of our must vulnerable four-legged friends.’

Paul Marvell, Executive Head of the Battersea Academy says that the £300,000 grant, “marks an extraordinary commitment to the Battersea Academy’s work and helps us to ensure that our full range of training programmes are safe for the future.”

To help fund this unique partnership and make a real difference to the lives of so many at risk dogs, go to to make a gift.

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