Battersea dogs honour Paul O’Grady

Dogs from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home recently paid tribute to late comedian and TV personality Paul O’Grady by forming a guard of honour at his funeral procession at the end of April.

Paul O’Grady was well known for his alter ego Lily Savage and TV appearances, but also fondly known for his charity work with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. He was celebrated and laid to rest, surrounded by celebrities and dogs alike, in his home village of Aldington in Kent.

The late comedian was carried through the streets of his home village where residents and their dogs paid their respects before a private service was conducted at a local church. Among the hundreds gathered was the guard of honour in the form of dogs from Battersea, where O’Grady was an ambassador.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home welcomed O’Grady as their ambassador in 2012 and he worked with the charity over the years, even featuring the home in his TV Show ‘For The Love of Dogs’.

While filming and working with the charity, Mr O’Grady rehomed several dogs from the rescue charity. Since his passing, Battersea have raised a tribute fund of £270,000.

Among the Battersea guard of honour and fans of the comedian lining the streets were a number of celebrities that attended to pay their respects such as Ronnie Wood, the guitarist of Rolling Stones, fellow comedian Alan Carr, and other actors and personalities Paul O’Grady touched during his life.