Philip Howell, ‘Mary Tealby and the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’

October this year sees the 150th anniversary of the death of Mary Tealby, the founder of what is now known as the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the first animal shelter of its kind and probably the most famous animal charity in the world. Mary Bates was born in 1801 in Huntingdon, the eldest of three surviving children.  Her father was a chemist or ‘druggist’, which usually meant a lower-class clientele, so her provincial life was probably not very privileged,

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