The world’s most famous animal rescue centre, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, hosted its annual star-studded Collars & Coats Gala Ball at the iconic Battersea Evolution on Thursday 3 November

Celebrating its eighth successful year, the high-profile event is consistently regarded as one of the most unique and eagerly anticipated charity events. A host of UK and international stars took to the red carpet to raise vital funds for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s work in rescuing and re-homing abandoned dogs.

This year’s star line-up included: Battersea Ambassadors Dame Jacqueline Wilson and David Gandy, and friends of the Home, Craig Revel Horwood, Dr Christian Jessen, Guy Henry, Danielle Bux, Hilary Alexander, Charles Worthington, Harry Hill and Leah Weller.

Guests and stars were welcomed by the popular Battersea Doggie Guard Of Honour – a red-carpet parade of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s pooches – before Britain’s Got Talent gymnastics troupe Spellbound opened the glittering event with a breath-taking performance.

Other highlights of this year’s event included a spectacular performance by headline act Sister Sledge, who performed their knockout hits We Are Family, Lost In Music, He’s The Greatest Dancer and Rise and Shine, as well as their new single Women are the Music of the World.

It costs Battersea over £10m to care for its dogs and cats every year

It costs Battersea over £10m to care for its dogs and cats every year, and with no government funding, the Collars & Coats Gala Ball is all about helping to increase awareness of the important work the charity does each and every day of the year to offer a second chance in life to thousands of animals. High profile guests and celebrities also enjoyed the opportunity to bid for an array of money-can’t-buy experiences at the exclusive auction.

‘The Collars & Coats Gala Ball is a truly unique event, celebrating our animals and raising money to care for the 8,000 dogs and cats that come through our gates, abandoned and terrified each year,’ said Claire Horton, Battersea’s Chief Executive. ‘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.’’

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