​Giving up your cat for adoption

It's a difficult decision to give up your cat. Here we have some advice on what you can do to ensure they have the best chance of going to a new loving home.

Contact your local rescue centre

  • Taking your cat to a local rescue centre will give you the peace of mind that your cat will be fully cared for until a new home is found
  • At Battersea we fully understand that circumstances can change and respect how much of a difficult but responsible decision it is to bring your cat to us. We are not here to judge and just have the cat's best interest in mind 
  • Rescue centres have the capacity to ensure your cat goes to the best possible home. Our thorough adoption process means we can ensure they are rehomed with the perfect new family
  • Here at Battersea, we conduct a full behavioural assessment with every animal to help identify any issues your cat may have. If necessary our feline behaviourists work with each cat to help them in advance of finding a new home
  • You will be able to check-in on the progress of rehoming your cat with the Rehoming team
  • No matter how desperate the situation is we strongly advise against dumping your cat. This is a lot of stress to put your cat through and there is no guarantee they will be found or that they won't fall into the wrong hands. It also makes it much harder when cats are brought to us with no history as we have no indication of their past which can slow down the rehoming process while we get to know them.

Bringing your cat to Battersea

If you would like to bring your own cat to one of our three centres please call us first:

Centre Telephone Email
Battersea London 0207 627 9308 cat.intake@battersea.org.uk
Battersea Old Windsor 01784 494 462 bowcat.intake@battersea.org.uk
Battersea Brands Hatch 01474 875 105 bbh.intake@battersea.org.uk

*Calls cost 5p per minute from a BT landline, mobile charges may vary. All income donated from these calls will go toward the care of the dogs and cats at Battersea.

Due to pressure on Cattery space, we might not be able to take your cat immediately and your details may be placed on a waiting list. We do however treat each case individually. In emergencies, we may accept cats outside opening times, but please be aware that experienced veterinary or behavioural staff may not be available.

Customers wishing to gift their pet to the Home are asked to consider a donation of £50 to help cover a small amount of the costs that the Home incurs.

If you're worried your cat may outlive you

Our Forever Loved scheme enables us to take care of your cat while we find them a loving new home. It will give you the peace of mind that your cat will be taken care of should you pass away before them. Find out how to join our Forever Loved scheme.