Billie Joe, a ginger kitten found abandoned two days after Christmas with burnt whiskers and a cut mouth, is looked after at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on Dec. 27, 2012, in London, England. The home was founded 150 years ago and has rescued, reunited and re-homed over three million dogs and cats. The average stay for a dog is just 28 days although some stay much longer. Around 550 dogs and 200 cats are provided refuge by Battersea at any given time.
Author: Edecio Martinez
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