How to rehome a cat

At Battersea, we make every effort to match you with the best animal for you. That's why we look at everything from your living situation to your preferences. Because getting it right leads to something very special.

Our staff are working hard to respond to rehoming enquiries and to rehome our dogs and cats following Government approved guidelines regarding social distancing.

Customers who wish to rehome a dog or cat are advised to fill out an online rehoming application. Please be aware that due to reduced staffing at our centres, there may be some delay in responding to your application.

Further information about how Battersea is rehoming its cats whilst following social distancing guidelines can be found below.

Three simple steps to rehome your new feline

  1. Register - you can register online or email info@battersea.org.uk
  2. Match - our rehoming team will help you find your perfect pet and introduce you to them
  3. Rehome - after a final medical check, we'll deliver your cat along with a welcome pack including a collar and advice sheets.

Register to rehome a cat

Battersea's rehoming process

Our rehoming process is carefully tailored to each applicant, so please allow plenty of time. Our staff will discuss your individual requirements and answer any questions you may have during the process.

We ask that you put careful thought into what will be involved in caring for a cat and make sure that everyone in your household is ready for the responsibility.

Further details about each rehoming stage

Step 1: Register

Before we match you with a feline friend, you will need to register your details. You can do this by registering online.

If you are interested in rehoming a working cat, please complete the application form or read about how to rehome a farm cat for more information.

Step 2: Match

Search

The best place to start your search and keep up-to-date on cats that are available for rehoming is on our online cat gallery. All cats that are ready for rehoming will have their own web profile providing details about their character and the sort of home that they are looking for.

Assess

At this stage our Rehoming team will look into the behaviour and background of the cat you are interested in to see whether they may be a suitable match for you. Each cat is assessed when they come into Battersea to find out what they are like and what sort of home, lifestyle and environment would best suit them. Our team will takes into account a cat’s suitability to be rehomed:

  • As an indoor cat – our indoor cats tend to be cats that have reached the age of 12 or above and are happy and content to live indoors
  • With children – many of our cats are suitable to live with children. We consider each cat's pre-admission history along with their temperament while in our care to help determine if they are suitable to live with children. We cannot guarantee any cat seen on the website will be suitable for a prospective owner. Sometimes the first cat that you pick won’t be the most suitable, so please keep an open mind regarding other matches.

Meet

When a suitable match has been found, you will be able to virtually meet your potential new cat, this may be through watching footage we have filmed of them at our centres or in their foster homes, or through a video call.

Step 3: Rehome

Before leaving, your cat will receive a final veterinary check and a member of our Rehoming team will go through any additional information that you may need to help your cat settle into their new home. All customers receive our support as part of our aftercare – we will give you a phone call within a few days of rehoming to find out how you and your cat are getting on and we are available for any support required thereafter.

Cost

Our rehoming fee is £85 for cats (over six months), £95 for kittens (under six months) or £150 for a pair of cats and £165 for a pair of kittens. We accept debit/credit card as payment (we are unable to accept cash or cheques at the moment). Included in this cost are the following:

  • Microchipping
  • Initial vaccinations, flea and worming treatment
  • Neutering
  • An identification tag
  • Starter pack of food, advice and special offers
  • Four weeks’ free Petplan insurance as your feline settles in to their new surroundings.

If you need any more information about adopting a cat please read our cat rehoming FAQ.

Register to rehome a Battersea cat

Bringing an animal into your life can be a wonderful experience. Rescuing a cat, however, is truly life-changing – for you, and your new companion.

Register now

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