​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.

Battersea is taking the threat posed by COVID-19 extremely seriously and working hard to ensure we are able to continue to provide essential care for all the dogs and cats at our centres.

Coronavirus has had a direct impact on the number of staff we have available at our centres to look after our animals and provide veterinary care. As a result, we have had to make a difficult decision to suspend all new intake until further notice.

We are acutely aware that faced with current circumstances, many pet owners may be struggling to look after their pet. To help provide support to pet owners we have set up a dog & cat behaviour advice line on 02038878347 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm).

If you have found a lost cat please see further information on what to do should you find a lost cat.

The Cat Advice section also provides further information on keeping your cat mentally stimulated when outdoor exercise is restricted, and how to deal with stress and problem behaviours.

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 info@battersea.org.uk

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 info@battersea.org.uk

Email Old Windsor
Contact Brands Hatch Brands Hatch

If you are looking to give up your cat to our Brands Hatch centre, please email us at info@battersea.org.uk

Email Brands Hatch

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