Giving up your cat for adoption

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

Battersea will never turn away a cat in need of help

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 email us at cat.intake@battersea.org.uk or call us on 0207 627 9308.

Email Battersea London
Contact Old Windsor Old Windsor

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

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Contact Brands Hatch Brands Hatch

If you are looking to give up your cat to our Brands Hatch centre, please email us at bbhcat.intake@battersea.org.uk or call us on 01474 875112.

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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.

Battersea has been looking after animals in need since 1860. Our 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.

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

Rehome your cat with 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