Will the stars align for Battersea’s own Best Catresses come Oscars day?

23 FEBRUARY 2017

In the lead-up to the 89th Academy Awards, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's own A-listers have been practising striking a pose for the camera, with the hope of claiming the top prize of a new home come next Sunday’s ceremony.

Named in honour of this year’s Best Actress nominees - Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep -  it’s time for Battersea’s leading ladies to shine.

Nine-month-old Isabelle is a stunning young lady who would like to land on her purrfectly manicured paws in a happy home. While a lively and playful girl, Isabelle loves nothing more than receiving plenty of cuddles, and will enjoy settling on the couch with her favourite person to watch a soppy rom-com.

One-year-old Ruth has her big golden eyes on the prize. This friendly girl likes to have a chat and we’re betting she has her acceptance speech already prepared for when she heads home with her new fans.

Ask four-month-old Natalie who she is wearing and she will proudly tell you it’s one of her own tabby designs. As an energetic youngster, Natalie likes to play an action-packed game of chase-the-knitted-mouse, but shows her versatile side by settling down for a cuddle on a comfortable lap at the end of the day.

Gorgeous six-month-old Emma can almost taste success. It’s hard to resist this triple-threat la-la-lady with her skills for playing, purring and pouncing - it surely won’t be long until Emma is dancing all the way home.

Last, but certainly not least, is superstar Meryl. This beautiful one-year-old has had a dramatic start to life after being found sadly abandoned in a cat carrier. While a little shy at the moment, it’s hoped Meryl will draw some confidence from her famous namesake, and take a leading role within a new family soon.

Rosa Steele, Cattery Team Leader at Battersea says, "While there can only be one Best Actress, all of our cats are stars in our eyes. A good movie will keep you happy for a few hours, but a feline friend promises a lifetime of entertainment. We hope the right leading men and women come along for these girls, and the other cats currently in our care, soon."

If you would like to enquire about rehoming Isabelle, Ruth, Natalie, Emma, or Meryl, or any of the other dogs and cats at Battersea, please contact 0800 001 4444 or visit battersea.org.uk. 


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Notes to editors  

  • The 89th Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, on Sunday 26 February 2017 (PST).
  • 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 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 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 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • In 2015 27% of dogs and 30% of cats arrived as strays. 
  • A team of over 1200 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. 
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