Community Engagement

Battersea’s Community Engagement team works to improve the lives of dogs by educating the local community to tackle animal welfare issues in London.

As an integral part of our work in the community, we aim to tackle some of society’s most prevalent dog and cat welfare problems. The way we support the community evolves all the time as we adapt to provide solutions for the most common problems for pets.

10% of the animals that find themselves at Battersea are handed over due to issues with accommodation, including non pet friendly tenancy agreements. This is a particular issue within the social housing sector, which is why we have launched our FREE Pet Ready Training Programme.

Pet Ready Training Programme

Our Pet Ready Training Programme aims to proactively support social housing tenants who may be looking to own a new pet and existing owners that may need some support with their pet’s behaviour.

By working with Local Authorities and Housing Associations to deliver more pet friendly tenancy agreements, our support should enable more tenants to have the opportunity to own a pet responsibly, happily and safely. We hope that fewer animals will be handed over unnecessarily to animal charities such as Battersea, as authorities feel confident to say ‘yes’ to pets, knowing that those owners have benefitted from Battersea’s expertise.

We recognise the multiple benefits that the companionship of an animal can bring, so we aim to equip owners with the necessary skills to ensure that more people can enjoy the health and social benefits of owning a pet.

The programme consists of three different workshops:

  1. Be Dog Ready
  2. Be Cat Ready
  3. Behavioural Support Course

You can also find out about our Dog Support Service which offers ongoing support for dog owners within our partners’ properties, and One Stop Shops, bringing Battersea to you.


Be Dog Ready

1. Be Dog Ready

This workshop aims to prepare tenants for owning a dog, or supports existing owners to ensure a happy healthy environment for them, their dog and their community. It will cover a range of topics including: where best to get a dog from, a dog’s welfare needs, dog law, owners responsibilities and practical training skills.

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Be Cat Ready

2. Be Cat Ready

This workshop aims to prepare tenants for owning a cat, or supports existing owners to ensure a happy healthy environment for them, their cat and their community. It will cover a range of topics including: where best to get a cat from, a cat’s welfare needs, owner responsibilities, an insight into cat behaviour and how to alleviate any concerns or issues.

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Behavioural Support Course

3. Behavioural Support Course

This course aims to provide additional advice and training for owners who are experiencing behavioural concerns with their pet. Owners may request this support, or it may be as a result of a complaint or concern raised by the Local Authority, Housing Association or other residents. This course is tailored to address the specific issues being expressed, helping the owner to manage and resolve those behaviours.

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Dog Support Service

Dog Support Service

In addition to our workshops, we also offer ongoing support for dog owners within our partners’ properties. Our Dog Support Service is a FREE helpline, giving owners access to bespoke behavioural and training advice to resolve any issues they are experiencing with their dog.

Owners are referred to the service by their Housing Officer or Dog Warden in response to a specific complaint or nuisance behaviour.

To find out more please call 020 7627 9257 or email communityengagement@battersea.org.uk.


One Stop Shops

One Stop Shops

To support our programme and to tackle pet-related issues at a community level, we can bring Battersea to you. Setting up a tradestand in an identified location or at a community event, we can provide face-to-face advice on any behavioural or welfare issues, FREE pet care services and supplies, microchipping and pet tag engraving, and raise awareness of specific issues or campaigns.

These events not only increase the wellbeing of animals within those residences, but also bring pet and non-pet owning residents together to build a stronger sense of community.

Let's work together

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Are you pet ready?

Get the support you need to own a pet responsibly, happily and safely.

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