Battersea launches live Cat Cams to brighten up the last stretch of lockdown for pet-loving public
15 MARCH 2021
Leading rescue charity Battersea is today launching its brand-new Cat Cams livestream, to enable rescue cats of all shapes, sizes and stories to help lift the spirits of the British public through the last few weeks of lockdown.
Carefully positioned webcams in the cattery at Battersea’s London centre will allow people all across the country – and the globe - to tune in and spend some quality time with Battersea’s cats while they wait to go to their new loving homes. The stream will run for two weeks from 15 March.
Rachel Saunders, Cattery manager, says: “After lots of careful planning, we’re so excited to switch the new Cat Cams on in four of our cattery pens at Battersea. Our key workers have continued to care for our animals tirelessly throughout lockdown and every single cat we’ve been able to help has brought us so much joy during a difficult time. We decided it was time to share our rescue cats’ antics with the world and hopefully put a smile on plenty of people’s faces as they while away the last few weeks of lockdown.”
Battersea aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. Having been at the forefront of animal rescue and rehoming for 160 years, Battersea first started taking in cats in 1883 and now has dedicated catteries at all three of its centres in London, Old Windsor, and Brands Hatch.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors have enjoyed spending time among its corridors ever since, with many falling in love at first sight with their very own rescue pet. Sadly, Battersea was forced to close its famous gates to public visitors for the first time ever with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A 2020 study from the University of Leeds suggests that it might not just be a smile that Battersea’s Cat Cams could bring, but a measurable effect on wellbeing – particularly for those who may be struggling with the anxieties and mental health pressures of lockdown. The researchers found that watching video footage of cute animals can reduce stress levels by up to 50%, with blood pressure and heart rate dropping notably after just 30 minutes’ viewing time.
Another recent piece of research carried out by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cats (APGOCATS), also found that spending time with cats can help to combat loneliness and its damaging effects.
Rachel says, “Some cats that come to us may not had the best start in life, but with a little TLC they go on to be great companions and provide love, support and enjoyment to their new families. While they wait to be fully cleared to go to new homes, our cats are primed and ready for their moment in the spotlight to show off what makes them so special.
“Particularly for those people out there who don’t – or can’t – currently have a cat of their own at home, we’re hoping to bring ‘rescues to the rescue’ via our new live Cat Cams. Together, we can all get through the next few weeks a little easier with a daily boost from Battersea’s adorable cats – even if we can’t guarantee they won’t be found curled up enjoying a cat nap half the time!”
Check out the Cat Cams here: https://www.battersea.org.uk/rescue-is-our-favourite-breed#cat-cams-section
To find out more about Battersea’s Rescue Is Our Favourite Breed campaign, visit https://www.battersea.org.uk/rescue-is-our-favourite-breed
Notes to editors
- Battersea is committed to helping every dog and cat that needs us - championing their rights, loving their imperfections and expertly caring for them. Because rescue is our favourite breed.
- We’re reliant on the generosity of the public to continue to fund our vital work helping dogs and cats and the people who care for them. To donate to Battersea, visit donate.battersea.org.uk
- The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cats (APGOCATS) is dedicated to improving feline welfare. It was launched in March 2018 at Westminster. The group is made up of MPs and Peers with the support of Battersea, Cats Protection and Blue Cross.
- Battersea directly helps thousands of dogs and cats across its three centres and uses its expertise, influence, and voice to help many more animals all over the country and across the world.
- In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
- Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or facebook.com/Battersea