On November 12th 2015, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home hosted their seventh annual charity fundraiser, which is their largest and most prestigious event of the year. The Collars and Coats Gala Ball was hosted at Battersea Evolution and proved to be a heart-warming and entertaining evening for all. We would not expect any less!
The Ball was not only hosted to help support Battersea’s resident canine companions and feline friends looking for their forever home, but was also a big “thank you” to the many partners, suppliers and caring individuals who have made such generous donations and have continuously supported Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The illustrious event kicked off with a Hollywood style red-carpet entrance, lined with nearly fifty of Battersea’s proud and friendly doggy residents, of every age, who made up the distinguished ‘Dog Guard of Honour’. As you can imagine, they received lots of cuddles and kisses from all in attendance! Is it even possible to walk past a dog without pausing to give them attention? We don’t think so, and neither did the guests!
When the guests eventually made their way inside, the event consisted of live and silent auctions with unique prizes provided by special donators. It proved to be a spectacular evening full of glorious entertainment, complete with a live performance by the phenomenally talented Bryan Ferry! The uplifting Gala Ball also focused on the journeys of dogs that had been successfully rehomed and who had helped transform people’s lives with their unconditional love and affection.
Speaking about the gala, Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive said:
“The Collars & Coats Gala Ball was a truly unique event, celebrating our animals and raising money to care for the 9,000 dogs and cats that come through our gates, abandoned and terrified each year. Once again, we’re thrilled that so many supporters and friends of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home gave so generously of their time to make the event so successful.’’
One of Medivet’s senior partners, Arnold Levy, attended this special event. During the course of the evening, Battersea’s chief executive, Claire Horton asked if there were any supporters who would stand up and make a pledge to support them as they continue their good work. On behalf of Medivet, Arnold Levy was amongst the special few who stood up straight away and made a generous pledge of £10,000 to support Battersea. We have a long association with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and it is a privilege to support them further. Arnold Levy speaks very highly of them, saying:
“They are a terrific organisation and I love what they do. I believe their work should be supported wholeheartedly by the veterinary profession.”
As animal lovers at Medivet, we are happy to work alongside and support such a caring organisation full of compassionate people who dedicate their lives to helping animals in the same way we do.
Arnold Levy spoke with members of Battersea at the event and this year, in 2016, intends to offer clinical support on cases as Medivet Battersea is just down the road! This way they will be able to treat the animals in their care without incurring further costs. He has been cordially invited to visit the staff at Battersea, and we hope this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Posted January 19, 2016 in Press