Paul O’Grady spoke of the “pleasure” he felt when he returned to Battersea Canine & Cats House for his long-running ITV present in an interview carried out earlier than his demise.
Within the interview for the present, O’Grady mentioned: “It is at all times such a pleasure to be again at Battersea. It truly is my second dwelling and I am a part of the furnishings now.
“There are some smashing canines within the new sequence, they are surely beautiful. However some unhappy tales as properly and, after all, there’s a canine that I fall in love with too. There at all times is.
“Once we first made this programme, I definitely did not count on to remain this lengthy however right here I’m, 12 years later.
“It is such a easy little present actually. No particular results, no shiny ground. Simply the canines, the unbelievable individuals who work with the canines, and me. However the response it nonetheless will get is basically beautiful.”
The eleventh sequence of Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Canine will start on 13 April on ITV and the broadcaster can also be airing a tribute to the late TV star on Sunday.
ITV has requested the general public to share their video reminiscences for the present, which known as For The Love Of Paul O’Grady.
After his demise, Battersea Canine & Cats House arrange a fund devoted to O’Grady which has raised more than £200,000 for charity to date.
He grew to become an envoy for the animal charity in 2012.
O’Grady – who discovered fame along with his drag queen persona Lily Savage – introduced a string of programmes throughout the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, together with Blankety Clean, The Huge Breakfast, Blind Date and The Paul O’Grady Present.
He was given a particular recognition award on the 2018 Nationwide Tv Awards for the impression the For The Love Of Canine sequence had on serving to discover properties for rescue animals nationwide.
His contribution to animal welfare was additionally recognised with an RSPCA animal hero award.
Through the first sequence of the present, O’Grady rehomed Chihuahua-Jack Russell cross pet Eddie at his Kent farmhouse.
This was adopted by Boycie, a shih-tzu, in 2014, Conchita, a Maltese, in 2015, Arfur, a mongrel pet, in 2017, Nancy, one other mongrel pet, in 2020, and Sausage, a wire-haired dachshund, in 2021.