Feline victorious: Cats are more popular than dogs at Battersea for the third consecutive year

03 MARCH 2017

There must be something in the catmosphere at Battersea as new figures released today reveal that more cats were rehomed than dogs in 2016. This is the third year in a row that cats outperformed dogs, proof that there is a continuing surge in popularity for furry feline friends.

Across all three Battersea sites (London, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch) the rescue centre rehomed a total of 3,160 cats compared to 2,449 dogs in 2016. 

As a nation of animal lovers, people might be turning to these pawsome creatures because cats are better suited to a modern working lifestyle, where it can be more difficult to keep a dog. Many moggies – though not all - are independent animals so are more than happy to be left alone in their manors during working hours. 

In recent years, cats have been propelled into the limelight due to three very important cats who reside on Downing Street – Larry, Palmerston and Gladstone. These former Battersea cats might well be the most famous cats in the world, commanding the attention of everyone around the globe. 

Lindsey Quinlan, Head of Catteries at Battersea, commented: “The political cats have certainly brought a lot of attention - creating a frenzy amongst cat-lovers everywhere and helping to spread the kitty love by showing off their lovable personalities.

“Every cat has their own distinct character – that’s what makes them so unique. There’s a cat for everyone and, just like dogs, they make the purrfect pet!”

The world-renowned charity still takes in more than 3,000 cats and nearly 4,000 dogs every year so there are still lots of cats – and dogs - looking for a home. 

Cats who are still looking for a home:

Mister – This 10-month old boy is a black Domestic Short-hair, who is a little bit shy, but very sweet. Mister is a sensitive boy but once settled loves to sit on a lap for cuddles.   
Lola – This pretty seven-year-old Tabby Tortoiseshell cat is a lady looking for some human friends to hang out with her. She’s a girl who knows what she likes!

Visit www.battersea.org.uk for more information about any of the cats and dogs available for rehoming. 

For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9332 or email press@battersea.org.uk


Notes to editors

  • In 2014, the first year the adoption of cats overtook dogs, 3,007 cats were rehomed compared to 2,798 dogs. 
  • In 2015, 3,107 cats were rehomed compared to 2,574 dogs. 
  • The 2016 cat adoption is a 1.7% increase on the 2015 figures and a 5% increase from 2014. 
  • 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 2016 26% of dogs and 32% of cats arrived as strays. 
  • A team of over 1000 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. 
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk. 
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @BDCH or facebook.com/Battersea