Our history

Since 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.

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

Visit us


£5 a month

would help pay for the care needed by some of our dogs and cats.

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£8 a month

could pay for all the care our hand-reared puppies and kittens need.

Purdys Kittens 72

£12 a month

would give frightened dogs and cats the care and treatment they need to recover.

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£20 a month

would give sick cats and dogs round-the-clock nursing care.

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Other amount

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can buy a scratching post for one of the thousands of cats we care for each year

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would pay for a cat or dog to be microchipped

Scarlett and Lauren Nurse in Clinic 36


would keep one abandoned animal safe, warm and well

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can buy beds, bowls, toys and treats to give comfort to five dogs in our care.

Bonnie 342374 13

Other amount

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