Battersea’s Lady Penelope’s quest for love becomes a 200-day mission

07 MARCH 2018

Thunderbirds are go - but Lady Penelope has been left behind at Battersea’s Old Windsor centre. 

However, this Lady Penelope is not a marionette, but a five-year-old cat, who has found she’s the one in need of rescuing. 

Sadly, her mission has taken longer than expected. While the average stay for a cat at Battersea is just 22 days, today marks 200 days since Lady Penelope arrived at the charity’s Old Windsor centre. This friendly cat is currently the longest-stay cat across Battersea’s three sites, and she’s desperately hoping for a home.   

Lady P’s watched many other agents find their homes, but hasn’t been able to find a family because she has a condition called Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – a disease which affects less than five per cent of cats in the UK. FIV is a cat-specific virus which can’t be spread to humans or other animals. 

Battersea Old Windsor’s Cattery Team Leader, Caroline Shilton, explains: “Many FIV+ cats, like Lady Penelope, can go on to live long and happy lives - as long as their health is looked after. However, they do need a particular type of home - with an enclosed, cat-proof garden to prevent them from leaving and other cats from paying them a visit, to keep both parties safe. It’s important FIV+ cats don’t meet other felines as - if they fight - they could potentially spread the virus through their saliva.”

Caroline adds: “Lady Penelope is a wonderful cat. She’s very affectionate, with a sweet and sensitive nature. She loves nothing more than snuggling up next to her favourite people to watch TV on the couch and, naturally, Thunderbirds is her favourite programme. Lady P is looking for a quiet life, as the only pet in the home.”

If you think you could be the Parker to this Penelope, please get in touch with Battersea Old Windsor by calling 01784 494460 or email

You can find out more about FIV cats on Battersea’s website. 

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For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9333 or email 

You can download photos of Lady Penelope here.

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 2016 the Home cared for over 7000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 270 dogs and 200 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 35 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • 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.
  • To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883.
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit
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