10 reasons to adopt a Battersea rescue cat

Rehoming a Battersea rescue cat is a very rewarding experience and gives our cats the second chance of a loving home that they deserve. Here are 10 reasons to adopt a cat from Battersea.

1. We'll help you find your perfect match

Our aim is to match you and your existing pets with a suitable companion using the experience of our expert rehomers. We recognise that everyone's situation is different and make adopting a cat as stress-free as possible with our simple three-step rehoming process.

2. We know that every cat is unique

All our cats receive a thorough behaviour and temperament assessment. With 130 years of cat experience, our highly-knowledgeable behaviourists have a in-depth insights into each animal and specific breed traits helping give new owners complete peace of mind.

3. From Maine Coons to moggies, we have cats of all shapes and sizes

We take in an average of nine cats and 13 dogs a day, 365 days a year. For this reason, we often have a wide range of cats at our centres including pure and cross breeds. We take in lost, abandoned and unwanted cats of all types, so we never know who is coming through our gates.

4. All our cats receive a full veterinary assessment

Our vet checks include worming, flea treatment and vaccinations. All animals rehomed from us may return to the Clinic for free treatment for conditions relating to their stay at Battersea for up to three months.

5. We rehome far and wide

We find loving homes for our cats in and around London and much further afield - even overseas. All that we ask is that you are able to travel to one of our centres to meet them and we will then arrange a home visit if necessary.

Even though some of our cats would prefer some outside space, we do have cats who can live indoors and would happily live in a city home. Likewise, we often rehome working cats to rural homes and outlets as it gives them the space they need to roam, hunt, and exhibit their natural behaviour.

It is most important for us to ensure each cat is matched with the right owner wherever that home may be. 

6. You will be helping to support rescues and spread the word

Battersea champions and supports all vulnerable dogs and cats and is determined to create lasting change for animals in our society. We take great pride in our work to help people of all ages to understand about responsible ownership and how current dog laws affect them.

We work within the community, with young people and the Government to inform, educate and advise about animal welfare. So while your Battersea cat proudly displays their Battersea tag, you too are helping spread the word about how important and wonderful it is to rehome a rescue animal.

7. Our rehoming pack will give you everything you need to get started with your new cat

Our rehoming fee is £75 for cats (over six months), £85 for kittens (under six months), £120 for a pair of cats or £130 for a pair of kittens. The cost includes a full veterinary and behavioural assessment, microchipping, initial vaccinations, identification tag and a starter pack of food. In most cases your cat will also have been neutered or have an appointment arranged to do so. These costs represent a significant saving on the fees you could pay should you buy a pet from elsewhere.

Each rehomed cat will be covered with four weeks’ free Petplan insurance so that right from the start your cat will be covered for accidents and new illnesses as they settle in to their new surroundings. With an added 10% off the cost of the premium each year the policy is renewed.

If you are a customer of Metro Bank, they will help support you with your rehoming fee for your new pet upon the presentation of your rehoming receipt with refunds up to a maximum of £65 for cats.

Also included in your rehoming pack is a voucher offering you a free Vac4Life and veterinary consultation with Vets4Pets or Companion Care Vets. Vac4Life gives your pet their annual booster vaccinations for the duration of their life.

8. Two's company

Battersea often has cats who come in as part of a pair. We try to rehome animals together if they are relatives or if they already have a close bond so they can keep one another company and remain in the partnership they are used to.

9. Behavioural advice for your pet, for life

You are never alone when you adopt a pet from Battersea. Our team of experts are only an email or phone call away, offering you and your pet support when you need it. 

10. Fluffy additions make happy homes

By welcoming these four-legged friends into your life you are guaranteed to have a forever friend that brings lots of love. Read some of our rehoming stories to find out how a Battersea pet has been a great addition to their owners' lives.

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Help us be here for every dog and cat.

£5 a month would help pay for the care needed by some of our dogs and cats.

£8 a month could pay for all the care our hand-reared puppies and kittens need.

£12 a month would give frightened dogs and cats the care and treatment they need to recover.

£20 a month would give sick cats and dogs round-the-clock nursing care.

£10 can buy a scratching post for one of the thousands of cats we care for each year

£25 would pay for a cat or dog to be microchipped

£50 would keep one abandoned animal safe, warm and well

£100 can buy beds, bowls, toys and treats to give comfort to five dogs in our care.