For the Love of Dogs with Alison Hammond, 16 April 2024, ITV1

Generic Dog West Highland Terrier running in a field.

In this series 12 premiere of For the Love of Dogs, Alison Hammond steps into the role of presenter, following in the footsteps of the late Paul O’Grady. The episode introduces viewers to adorable dogs in need of loving homes and showcases the important work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

The episode begins with Alison meeting a tiny three-week-old puppy who was tragically thrown away in a bin. She expresses her disbelief that anyone could discard such an innocent life, reflecting on the joy of motherhood.

Alison also encounters Nelly, a nine-year-old spaniel whose owner could no longer care for her due to illness. Nelly requires eye medication, and Alison offers a comforting cuddle before her impending operation.

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The series premiere further highlights Alison’s encounter with a spaniel-terrier cross, full of energy and hoping to put his enthusiasm to good use as a sniffer dog.

As Alison navigates the challenges of presenting a show focused on her late predecessor’s passion, she acknowledges the impact Paul had on finding homes for rescue animals nationwide.

For the Love of Dogs captures the joy and emotion of connecting dogs with their forever homes, providing an insightful look at the dedication of the Battersea team.

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For the Love of Dogs with Alison Hammond Series 12 Premiere airs on ITV1 and ITVX at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, 16 April 2024.

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