Donations to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's tribute fund, established in memory of Paul O'Grady, have exceeded £100,000 following the passing of the much-loved TV presenter.
The passing of the TV host and comedian on Tuesday, 28 March 2023, at the age of 67, has left the nation devastated.
In addition to his well-known presence on television, O'Grady was a proud owner of three rescue dogs and an advocate for the UK animal shelter, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. He frequently filmed at the shelter for his show, Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home established a tribute fund page to honor O'Grady's memory and raise funds for the animals. During the filming of his ITV series, O'Grady met and spent time with hundreds of these animals.
The tribute fund page reads: "Battersea joins the nation in mourning the loss of Paul O'Grady - an entertainment legend and much-loved Ambassador to our charity. We'd like to extend our deepest sympathies to Paul's family and friends."
"To millions Paul O'Grady is the popular TV and radio presenter and comedian who lit up their screens with his razor-sharp humour and perpetual generosity and warmth. Battersea will forever remember Paul as a devoted animal lover with the biggest heart, who fell in love with every dog he met at our centres."
"Paul will always be associated with Battersea, and we are truly saddened to have lost such a true friend and huge part of our charity."
As of now, the tribute fund page has accumulated a sum of £112,774.53 in donations, and numerous donors have left comments expressing their condolences to the broadcaster.
One said: "RIP Paul. Such a genuine caring man and a great ambassador for a great charity. You will be sorely missed."
"You will be sadly missed thank you for being you and there for all creatures great and small amazing human being," another added.
While a third commented: "You were the dogs best friend and will be missed so much You were the best God bless you."
And a final added: "Paul you will be sadly missed. Thank you for brightening our lives and giving hope to the rescue dogs at Battersea."
Peter Laurie, the Chief Executive of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, stated: "Paul had an extremely hands on approach as a Battersea Ambassador and has been fundamental in helping our charity to communicate important campaign messages."
"He was a champion for the underdog and would do anything to ensure all animals live a healthy and happy life. He will be dearly missed."
He added: "Paul loved Battersea so much and we cannot thank him enough for everything he did for our charity and for rescue animals worldwide. We will forever be indebted to him for his endless generosity and support."