The late Paul O'Grady's beloved show 'For the Love of Dogs' is to return with a new presenter.

Paul O'Grady loved his animals, particularly his many dogs

Paul O'Grady loved his animals, particularly his many dogs

Ricky Gervais, Amanda Holden and Martin Clunes are said to be in the running to replace animal-obsessed Paul - who died aged 67 in March - on the popular ITV show.

He warmed the hearts of the nation with his regular check-ins on the dogs receiving care at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home shelter in South London.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: “It’s a heart-warming series which raised the profile of the charity and ITV plans to continue making it in Paul’s memory.”

It was previously reported that Paul’s friend Amanda was being considered for the role on the show that ran for 11 series fronted by Paul.

Last week, a new veterinary hospital at Battersea was named after the late comedian.

His widower, Andre Portasio, said: "Seeing how loved Paul was by so many has been truly touching.

"Paul was so passionate in his support of rescue animals, and it gives me some comfort to know that through the hard work and commitment of Battersea and other charities Paul's legacy will live on.

"I know that Paul would have been pleased to know that the most disadvantaged animals he was so fond of championing are getting the love and support they deserve."

The chief executive of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Peter Laurie, added: "It really is a testament to how loved Paul was, and we shall always be forever grateful for everything he did for us.

"As an ambassador for Battersea, especially during his 11 years filming For The Love Of Dogs, Paul helped animals in their recuperation from surgery, and at times, watched as they headed off site for specialist surgery; naming our veterinary hospital after Paul, therefore, feels fitting.

"Paul was always a champion of the underdog, and we'll be carrying on his legacy."

Following his passing, a fundraiser in his memory has raised £480,000 with five animal charities set to receive £20,000.