“I guess because of the lockdown of the people who took dogs, they’re still having a good time with them.
“I guess that’s when the circumstances have changed and they’re forced to go back to work, we’ll see a lot of dogs brought in.
“So everything was canceled and they said we would probably do it in December. But I said we would probably be locked again by then.
“But that’s good because they don’t have a lot of dogs anymore. ”
For The Love of Dogs has aired on ITV since September and has shown Paul meeting the residents and staff of Battersea.
He got to know the adorable puppies who had been brought in either as stray animals or because they had been abandoned.
He tracks their progress as they find their happy owners and settle into their new life.
The show won two consecutive National Television Awards for Most Popular Factual Entertainment Program in 2013 and 2014 and then again in 2019.
When the country went into lockdown earlier this year, Battersea Dogs & Cats staff faced a very serious challenge as the three charity sites all closed for the first time in their 160-year history.
Paul stepped in to help evacuate and return home more than 80 animals before the lockdown took full effect.
He revealed that despite already having five dogs on his Kent farm, with each set he struggled not to bring more with him.
He told MirrorOnline: I literally walked through the door and they said, “Battersea is shutting down. ”
It was so sudden. Then we were in a meeting discussing what would happen with the house, the staff, the fact that there could be no visitors, no adoptions, nothing.
He added, “There were a lot of bells, to anyone who could accommodate dogs to see if they could help. I thought, “Who do I know who wants a dog?
“I mean everyone’s running away now anyway in case I tell them there’s a cute dog in Battersea that would suit them.”