Battersea’s flexible felines show off their moves for International Yoga Day

21 JUNE 2016

From downward-facing cats to strays who stretch, the residents of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s cattery are feline flexible and showing off their moggie moves today to mark International Yoga Day.

The world renowned charity have an average of 220 cats across their three centres at any one time who are all practising their best balanced yoga moves in the hope of attracting a new home fur life.  

Amongst Battersea’s cats on mats is five year old Chico (rehomed) who definitely values zen and calm in his life, he emits a peaceful aura and is waiting patiently for someone to snap him up and welcome him into their life, where he can offer harmony to a caring home. After being a resident at Battersea’s London Cattery since the beginning of May and also originally being here as a kitten, he wants nothing more than a new home to stretch out in a new home with someone who loves him.

Gorgeous Gato (rehomed) is a bendy black and white chap and the gentle giant of Battersea’s Cattery. He arrived after his owner could no longer look after him and has been practising his best moves not only to de-stress but to burn some calories! Gato is looking for new owners with a garden so he can continue his feline fitness plan to help him lose some weight.

Battersea’s Cattery Team Leader, JoAnna Puzzo, says: “If there were an Olympic event for stretching, our Battersea cats would win gold. Whether it’s stretching out after a catnap or getting into that purrfect position to scratch and groom themselves, they're constantly stretching their muscles, likely for many of the same reasons that people do.

Jo continued: “Just as people may practice yoga as a form of relaxation, we do a huge amount of work at Battersea to tackle stress head on and improve the lives of over 3,000 cats that we care for every year so what better way to celebrate the calm of International Yoga Day than with our tranquil tabbies. We really hope Chico and Gato’s moggie moves help to bring them and their fellow flexible felines some positive vibes and the loving new homes they all deserve.”

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Notes to editors  

  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.  
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. 
  • In 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time. 
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • In 2015 27% of dogs and 30% of cats arrived as strays. 
  • A team of over 1200 volunteers help at Battersea’s three centres, in roles including dog and cat socialising, gardening, admin support and giving talks in the community. 
  • In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK. 
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883. 
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