Late arrival into Battersea for this Orient-al Express

08 MARCH 2017

There was a late arrival into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on 5 February, when a worried commuter brought in an extraordinary Oriental Short-hair cat found abandoned in a carrier outside Battersea Park Station, just metres away from the rescue centre. 

The exquisite lilac Oriental Short-hair was not microchipped so the world-famous charity was unable to find her owner. Staff named her Roberta, after one of the children in The Railway Children and set about looking for a new home for her. 

The Oriental Short-hair breed of cat is quite rare and hasn’t been seen at Battersea since 2015. Closely related to the Siamese they are intelligent, loyal and very vocal cats.  

Fortunately Roberta, didn’t have to wait too long for her next connection. The one to two-year-old found a home in Essex with Cherrill Rogerson, who said:

“I’m so pleased I was able to give Roberta a home after she was abandoned outside the station. I’ve always had Oriental Short-hairs and adore them, they’re such amazing cats – I can’t get enough of them!”
Lindsey Quinlan, Head of Catteries at Battersea, said: “This Girl on the Train was very lucky she was found by a kind passer-by who waited and waited for someone to turn up in the hope they had just forgotten to pick her up, unfortunately no one came, and they brought ravishing Roberta to us. 

“We were able to get her on the right track and we’re so pleased we were able to find this rare sighting in our Cattery the right home with someone who can take care of all her needs.”

Cases like this one show the importance of microchipping your pet. In 2016, 61% of cats came into Battersea with a microchip. Microchipping is currently a legal requirement for all dog owners, but not for cat owners. Any rescue centre, vet or local authority can read a microchip making it much quicker and easier to trace back to its owner so that pet and owner can be reunited. 


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Notes to editors  

  • 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. 
  • 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 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 
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