An animal loving couple who have given homes to 75 cats and dogs from Battersea’s Old Windsor rescue centre since 2009 have been praised in national Volunteer Week.

Animal lovers Sally Curren and her partner John Sullivan, who met on a Lion Conservation Project in Zimbabwe, care for nervous animals who struggle in the rescue centre at Priest Hill - helping them recover until they are ready to settle in a permanent home.

Battersea’s Head of Volunteering & Fostering, Charlotte Fielder, said: “Sally and John are a wonderful example of the compassion and enthusiasm our volunteers and foster carers show to the animals at Battersea. They play a huge role in helping our charity rehome thousands of animals every year.

“We’ll be celebrating the hard work and achievements of all our volunteers and foster carers during Volunteers’ Week and throughout the month of June.”

Miss Curren said: “Knowing that you’ve helped an animal find their second chance in life makes the whole experience worthwhile. It’s so rewarding to see your foster animal develop and find their new permanent home. If you’re able to provide temporary care to a dog or cat, I’d definitely recommend signing up to foster from Battersea.”