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Alison Hammond confirmed as new host of Paul O’Grady’s For The Love of Dogs

alison hammond with the battersea team nat ingham, ali taylor and becky verne, for the love of dogs
Alison Hammond to host Paul O’Grady's dog seriesITV

This Morning presenter Alison Hammond has been confirmed as the new host of ITV series For The Love Of Dogs.

The reality TV series, formerly presented by the late Paul O'Grady, will return for it's twelfth series with the Bake-Off host taking over hosting duties.

Viewers will see Alison "dish out the dog treats and set tails wagging" at Battersea Dogs & Cats home in London, helping to care and re-home their animal residents.

alison hammond with the battersea team nat ingham, ali taylor and becky verne, for the love of dogs
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"I am very aware that I can never replace the iconic Paul in this wonderful series," she says. "But if I can continue to shine a light on the brilliant work done at Battersea and help to tell the stories of these beautiful dogs, then it will be an absolute privilege to give it my all.

"I can’t wait to share the joy of their searches for new loving forever homes and hopefully make lots of furry friends of my own along the way!"

O'Grady, an ambassador for the animal charity for many years, fronted the show since it's beginning in 2012, appearing in eleven series. The last season of For The Love Of Dogs aired in April 2023, shortly after the entertainer's death in March.

paul o'grady's for the love of dogs series 11 promo photo showing paul with a large rescue dog at battersea
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home - ITV

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Last October, Battersea's chief executive Peter Laurie announced that a new veterinary hospital will be named after O'Grady, honouring his legacy.

"It really is a testament to how loved Paul was, and we shall always be forever grateful for everything he did for us," he told BBC News. "As an ambassador for Battersea, especially during his 11 years filming For The Love Of Dogs, Paul helped animals in their recuperation from surgery.

"At times, [he] watched as they headed off site for specialist surgery, [so] naming our veterinary hospital after Paul feels fitting."

Of Hammond taking over the reins, Laurie said that everyone at Battersea were "looking forward to welcoming Alison" and introducing her to the "incredible animals" in their care.

For The Love Of Dogs is currently available to stream on ITVX.

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