​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.

Bringing your cat to Battersea

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 animal's best interest in mind.

Battersea's core mission is never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, and we are committed to ensuring that every dog and cat receives the highest standards of care.

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

Visit Battersea London Battersea London

If you are looking to give up your cat to our London centre, please contact us on 020 7627 9218* or clicking the button below to email us at cat.intake@battersea.org.uk

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Contact Old Windsor Old Windsor

If you are looking to give up your cat to our Old Windsor centre, please contact us on 01784 494 462* or clicking the button below to email us at bowcat.intake@battersea.org.uk

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Contact Brands Hatch Brands Hatch

If you are looking to give up your cat to our Brands Hatch centre, please contact us on 01474 875 112* or clicking the button below to email us at bbhcat.intake@battersea.org.uk

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*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.

Read our intake policy and FAQs

Our core mission is never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help. However, for the wellbeing of your pet we may need to make difficult decisions. It is important that you fully understand our policies including those around no reclaim of ownership or your pet being put to sleep.

Read our intake policy

Contact your local rescue centre

It is always best to take your cat to a local rescue centre. This will give you the peace of mind that your cat will be fully cared for until a new home is found.

Rescue centres have the capacity to ensure your cat goes to the best possible home. Here at Battersea, our thorough adoption process means we can ensure they are rehomed to a loving new family.

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 a rescue centre as a stray as there is no indication of their past.

If you're worried your cat may outlive you

Our Forever Loved service 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 Service.

Report it

If you find a cat and Battersea is one of your local rescue centres you can report it to us and we will do our best to ensure a happy reunion or rehome.

Report a lost or found animal