Feline victorious: Battersea Old Windsor rehomes more cats than dogs for the first time ever

There must be something in the catmosphere at Battersea Old Windsor, with new figures released today revealing the centre rehomed more cats than dogs last year-  for the first time in its history. 

The statistics show that in 2016 the Berkshire centre rehomed 618 cats compared to 607 dogs, leaving the cats out in front by a whisker. The number of felines was up from 2015, when Battersea Old Windsor rehomed 593 cats and 717 dogs. Indeed, last year saw the highest number of cats rehomed by the Old Windsor centre in a decade. 

Battersea Old Windsor’s Cattery Team Leader Caroline Shilton said: “We’ve seen a surge in the number of people looking for a Battersea cat over the past couple of years and we think the Westminster cats have definitely played a part in this. Since Battersea rehomed Larry to Number 10, Palmerston to the Foreign Office and Gladstone to the Treasury, they’ve become world-famous felines and have really shone the spotlight on Battersea’s cats.”

But Caroline said the Westminster cats were not the only reason for the increasing popularity of the charity’s felines. She said people’s lifestyle choices were also a factor: “While it’s not true for all cats, many moggies are happy to be left for periods of time. Many potential pet-owners are choosing a cat because it’s a pet that fits in with their lifestyle.”  

“We’ve currently got several fabulous felines here looking for a home. These include beautiful six-year-old Domestic Short-hair Dexter, who’s been here for almost a month now.  He’s a sweet, sensitive boy who loves people. However, he isn’t keen on other cats, so he’s looking for a home where he’s the only feline. He’s a gentle and social boy who could be a great pet for first-time owners.  If you think you might be Dexter’s purrfect human please get in touch.” 

Battersea Old Windsor Centre Manager Kaye Mughal said the dogs were determined to take back the rehoming crown in 2017. She said: “It’s fantastic to see that our cats have been feline the love this year. But while cat rehoming numbers are rising, we sadly saw a drop off in the number of dogs that Battersea Old Windsor rehomed last year compared to 2015. We want to make sure this year our canines aren’t forgotten and we’re hoping we’ll see more dogs find homes. We’ve had an excellent year so far, and we’ve already rehomed 73 dogs, so I think the kennels are on track to give the cattery team a run for their money!”

To find out more about the dogs and cats of Battersea available for rehoming visit https://www.battersea.org.uk/ 

Timeline of cats at Battersea Old Windsor 

  • 1979: Battersea Dogs Home in Old Windsor opened on the site of the former Bellmead boarding kennels. 
  • 2002: Battersea changes its name from Battersea Dogs Home to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
  • 2007: Battersea Old Windsor’s new cattery opens.
  • 2016: Battersea Old Windsor rehomes more cats than dogs for the first time ever. 

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Notes to editors

  • In 2014, Battersea rehomed more cats than dogs in total, across their London, Windsor and Brands Hatch centres, for the first time in history. 
  • In 2014, Battersea rehomed 3,007 cats and 2,798 dogs overall. In 2015 the charity rehomed 3,107 cats and 2,575 dogs. 
  • In 2016, Battersea rehomed 3,160 cats compared to 2,448 dogs, across their three sites. 
  • In addition to their site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based in Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent. 
  • Since it was founded in 1860, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. 
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity, but the average stay is 35 days for a dog and 22 days for a cat.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK and Europe. 
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk.