Battersea Appeals for Public to Rehome Rescue Cats as Number of Cats Needing Its Help Reaches a Five-Year High

20 Jun 2024

Leading animal welfare charity, Battersea, is appealing for members of the public to rehome a rescue from them as it is currently experiencing the highest number of cats in its care than it has seen in five years.

Battersea, famously known as one of the oldest rescue charities in the UK, has hundreds of cats of all ages and personalities desperately looking for homes to call their own. The charity is urging those who can invest time and care in a rescue cat to get in touch with them, either via their website or by giving their rehoming team a call.

Bridie Williams, Rehoming and Welfare Manager at Battersea, said: “Battersea has been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming rescue animals for more than 160 years, but this is the largest number of cats I have seen us caring for at any one time since I started at Battersea five years ago and they are also currently spending more time with us. Cats continue to be brought into our care for many reasons, such as owners experiencing changes in their circumstances and making the sensible decision to bring them to a rescue, an increase in unwanted litters due to ‘kitten season’ now spanning across the year, and cats being brought to us as strays without a microchip. 

“Whilst there is no limit to the amount of time an animal can stay in our care, we urge prospective owners to get in touch and consider one of our wonderful rescue cats so that we can continue to support even more animals who need us. Whether you want to offer an older cat a quiet retirement home or are looking for a playful companion, we’d love to hear from you.”

Among those cats looking for a home is handsome Hopper, a sweet four-year-old black cat who was named after his signature hops when wanting a fuss. Despite being a loving young boy who enjoys nothing more than being treated to chin rubs from his favourite people, Hopper has been waiting for a home for more than 150 days. As he can initially be shy when meeting new people, Hopper is looking for a home with patient owners and a garden where he can come and go as he pleases.

Also hoping to find the right match is thirteen-year-old Smudge, a gentle giant who is looking for a quiet home to enjoy his golden years. Currently spending time on foster, his Foster Carer describes him as the perfect house guest who prefers the simpler things in life, opting to spend his days curled up on the sofa for a snooze or a fuss, showing off his impressively loud purr. After 134 days in Battersea’s care, Smudge is hoping the right home will come along soon.

To find out more about rehoming a cat from Battersea, visit the charity’s website for more information: 


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Notes to editors  

  • At Battersea we offer our love and expert care to dogs and cats who need us by rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals at our centres, and by sharing our knowledge and resources with rescue organisations around the world. We do this because we want to help every dog and cat, everywhere.  
  • In 2023 Battersea directly cared for 2,529 dogs and 2,450 cats at our three centres. We also helped thousands more through campaigning work, supporting other rescues and animal welfare advocates, and sharing knowledge and advice with pet owners. 
  • Battersea has three centres based in London; Old Windsor, Berkshire; and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
  • To find out more visit our website or follow Battersea on X @battersea_ , Instagram @battersea or