Our work

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of 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.

Animal care and education

Established in 1860, we’re one of just a few animal rescue centres that run a non-selective intake policy. This means we accept any breed of animal, at any age, including dogs or cats with serious medical and behavioural problems. Find out more about our intake policy.

Our expert team of dog trainers and veterinary staff give the animals in our care the best possible chance of a fresh start in a happy new home. Find out more about our animal care.

We work hard to educate the public about responsible pet ownership including microchipping, neutering and training. This includes educational talks and visits to schools and organisations, events, and publications.

Our values

Everything we do as individuals and teams, as vets and volunteers, fundraisers and foster carers, nurses, kennel and rehoming staff, is underpinned by our values:

  • Care – we are passionate about the welfare of dogs and cats, and our work is entirely inspired by our love for, and the needs of, animals.
  • Excellence – we are one of the oldest and most respected animal charities in the world, and our knowledge and experience gives us the credibility to inspire and lead.
  • Determination – we will not shy away from the difficult issues which face us, and which make all dogs and cats vulnerable and affect their lives. We will confront these issues by working with communities and in the wider society as well as, of course, for the animals in our care.
  • Respect – a simple but powerful pledge to treat all animals and people with respect and dignity.
  • Integrity – we are indebted to our supporters and humbled by their steadfast friendship. We take very seriously their faith in our promise to spend wisely, and provide the best possible future for our animals. We communicate openly, honestly and constructively, and with influence.
  • Commitment – we, our staff and volunteers, are committed to providing the very best standards of care, and giving every dog and cat the time and help they need to find a loving home.

Battersea in numbers

Funding our future

We receive no central Government funding towards the care of our dogs and cats. We rely on the generosity and support of the public to care for the thousands of animals who arrive at our gates every year.

We want to care for and rehome even more dogs and cats in the future, so we make sure every penny counts.

This winter, over

20,000

animals will be abandoned

Donate

£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.

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£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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£10

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

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£25

would pay for a cat or dog to be microchipped

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£50

would keep one abandoned animal safe, warm and well

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£100

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

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Other amount

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