They were going to be named after Santa’s reindeers – until staff realised there weren’t enough names to go round.
These 13 adorable puppies are a record Christmas delivery for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Staff at the world-famous animal rescue centre already had 360 dogs and 150 cats to care for when they arrived on Monday.

Lucky for some: 13 mastiff cross pups were given to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

The seven-week-old mastiff cross pups, all from the same litter, were given to the home by their owner, who was unable to cope.
They will not be available for rehoming until the New Year as they are too young at the moment.

Bags of fun: The seven-week-old pups are a popular addition to the animal shelter

But anyone interested in offering a loving home is advised to apply online.
The home is also appealing to kind-hearted members of the public to help buy its longer-term residents a Christmas present.

Puppy love: Jenny Dugdale, senior rehomer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, with a seven-week-old friend

It urgently needs jars of Marmite and peanut butter (dogs love these as treats), tennis balls, toys – and even mini CD players, to help the dogs and cats relax.
Donations can be dropped off at any of its three sites in Battersea Park Road, London, Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which is about to celebrate its 150th anniversary, receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of its supporters to carry out its vital work.
To make a donation or to register an interest in the puppies visit Battersea
Dogs & Cats Home, rehoming dogs and cats, promoting responsible pet ownership - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home or telephone 020 7622 3626.

Christmas surprise: Some of the litter of pups, who will soon be needing a new home

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