Paul O’Grady has many talents, from acting and writing to presenting a popular radio show. Although he has been in the limelight for most of his career, the Birkenhead comedian turned TV presenter has not forgotten about his love for animals.
The 58-year-old is the host of BAFTA-nominated ITV show For the Love of Dogs, which regularly attracts the attention of more than eight million viewers. As if that wasn’t enough, to prove his devotion to the canines, he has now promised to help feed a million rescue dogs in a bid to give neglected and abandoned dogs new leases of life.
While filming the popular show, O’Grady spent six months of his time at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London. His meeting with a malnourished Staffordshire bull terrier called Sparkle appalled him. The animal centre is home to many dogs that have suffered serious abuse. The comedian expressed his anger about what he saw, saying: “Honestly, call ourselves a nation of animal lovers?”
Despite the horrid reality, his ITV show has done Battersea Dogs & Cats Home a lot of good, with donations swelling each time the program hits TV screens. What’s more, Pedigree recently launched the Buy One, Feed One campaign, which O’Grady now fronts.
For each pack of Pedigree food sold, a meal will be donated to a re-homing centre in the UK.
O’Grady went on to say:
“Every time you buy food for your own dog you know a rescue dog will get a good meal too.”
The aim of the mission is to feed at least one million rescue dogs.
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