Our history

Since we were founded in 1860, we've been through many exciting changes. See some of the milestones which have helped us to become one of the UK's oldest and most famous animal rescue centres.

The history of Battersea

Since it opened, the charity has cared for more than 3.1 million dogs and cats.

The Battersea History Timeline

Our new 2019–2023 Strategic Plan ‘Here for every dog and cat’ will enable us to help more dogs and cats in desperate need. You can read more here about our specific plans to make significant and real difference to the lives of individual and collective animals.

With over 157 years of history we've cared for more than 3.1 million animals. We wouldn't have been able to do this without the help of our supporters. The best way to support us is to rehome one our dogs or cats looking for a home, but if you can't do that please donate.

Come to visit

There have been a lot of changes since we opened our gates in 1860

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