Halloween comes early to Battersea’s Brands Hatch cattery

20 OCTOBER 2016

Halloween is nearly here – why not celebrate the spooky season with some freaky fun at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Brands Hatch?

On Wednesday 26 October 2016, all little witches, wizards and werewolves are invited to a family-friendly Scaredy Cat event at Battersea’s Kent centre to take part in fun activities such as tombola, crafts, bric-a-brac, and name-the-cat. Best of all, visitors will have the chance to get to know our cats looking for their forever homes.

Some of Battersea’s feline friends are naturally shy and may spend a lot of their time hiding in their pens – but the charity hopes visitors will be able to see past their nervous exteriors to what wonderful and loving pets they will make. One such scaredy cat looking for a home is beautiful 18-month-old tortoiseshell Nala – just one of the 2,700 cats cared for at Battersea‘s three sites so far this year. Nala spends her days in the cattery hiding under her blanket, but while she may be showing her nervous side at the moment, staff are sure that once settled in a loving forever home she will prove to be a sweet and loyal friend.

Michelle Bevan, Rehoming & Welfare Manager says, “Nala’s a lovely girl who really blossoms once she gets to know you.

“She’s just one of our scaredy cats who have their paws crossed for a new family in time for Halloween. Life can be tough for our timid kitties, as they’re sometimes too shy to say hello to visitors – and it can be even more difficult if they’re black cats, which on average last year took 15% longer to rehome than other colours. However, our scaredy cats still make wonderful loving pets and it’s so rewarding to gain their trust.

We can’t wait to welcome everyone to our Brands Hatch centre for our Scaredy Cat event, where we hope to match as many cats to their purrfect homes as possible and enjoy some spooky fun in the process”.


For more information and images please contact Battersea’s Press Office on 020 7627 9265 or email press@battersea.org.uk

Notes to editors  

  • The Scaredy Cat event will take place on Wednesday 26 October at our Battersea Brands Hatch centre from 1.00pm – 7.00pm. 
  • This is an event for adults looking to rehome a cat, however there will also be entertainment for children to take part in, such as tombola, bric-a-brac, name the cat, and crafts. Refreshments and treats will be provided.
  • Admission to the event is £2 and all money raised from the event will go towards caring for our lost, abandoned and unwanted animals.
  • Battersea has been rehoming cats for over 130 years and on average cares for almost 3,000 cats every year.
  • Battersea Brands Hatch was opened in 1999.
  • The Brands Hatch centre typically cares for around 45 dogs and 30 cats at one time.
  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help.  We reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners through our Lost Dogs & Cats Line or care for them until new homes can be found for them, giving them shelter and the highest standards of kennelling and veterinary care.  
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 400 dogs and 250 cats across its three centres at any one time. 
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity. 
  • 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 and cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 020 7627 7883. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 300 dogs and 220 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 36 days and 27 days for a cat.
  • In addition to the site in Brands Hatch, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Battersea, London. 
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK. 
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit battersea.org.uk. 
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