11 APRIL 2019


This National Pet Day, Thursday 11 April, leading animal charity Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are encouraging would-be pet owners to consider adopting a dog or cat from a rescue centre. There are many benefits to adopting an animal from a rescue, including receiving expert advice and support, reassurance that your new pet has been fully medically and behaviourally assessed before heading home, and best of all, knowing that you are giving an animal a second chance to be loved.

Here are ten reasons why Battersea dogs and cats can make the best pets:


Battersea’s rehoming team will always aim to match a potential owner and any existing pets with a suitable new companion. Every dog and cat at Battersea has their own unique personality and needs and staff will make sure these match with new owners.


On average Battersea will take in nine dogs and seven cats every day across their three centres in London, Windsor and Kent. As a result, there are always a wide range of dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes, ages and breeds, from tiny kittens to retired Greyhounds, gentle giant Maine Coons to bouncy young Spaniels.


All Battersea animals receive veterinary checks prior to going to their new home including worming, flea treatment and vaccinations. Not only that, but owners can bring their new pet to Battersea’s on-site Clinic for free treatment for conditions relating to their stay for up to three months after going home.


All Battersea animals receive a detailed behaviour and temperament assessment before they are ready to be adopted. Our behaviourists are highly experienced and knowledgeable about specific breed traits, giving new owners complete peace of mind.

Battersea’s experts are only an email or phone call away, offering support and advice whenever you may need it. 


Former Battersea animals have gone on to live with lovely new owners based all over the UK and beyond.  Anyone can register to adopt a Battersea dog or cat regardless of your address. However everyone will need to be able to travel to one of the three rescue centres to meet their potential new pet. The most important thing is making sure each dog and cat is matched with the right owner wherever that home may be. 


Battersea champions and supports all vulnerable dogs and cats and is determined to create lasting change for animals in our society. Last year alone, Battersea helped almost 7,000 dogs and cats.


By choosing to adopt a pet from a rescue instead of buying one online, you are not risking inadvertently supporting the cruel puppy farming industry. It can be tempting to opt for the quick fix and buy a puppy from a website or via social media, but it is often impossible to tell what conditions this young animal has really come from and whether you are actually getting what you are being sold.


To rehome an animal from Battersea, the fee is £135 for dogs, £165 for puppies (under six months), £75 for cats, £85 for kittens (under six months). The cost includes a full veterinary and behavioural assessment, microchipping, initial vaccinations, a collar, identification tag and lead. Your dog or 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 pet will also be covered with four weeks’ free Petplan insurance so that right from the start your dog or cat will be covered for accidents and new illnesses as they settle into their new surroundings.


By welcoming a rescue dog or cat in to your life you will bring lots of extra love in to your home. Many people consider their pets to be another member of the family or their best friend.


All of the wonderful dogs and cats at Battersea are hoping for a second chance at finding a loving home. By adopting a rescue animal, you are helping to restore an animal’s faith in humans and showing them the love and kindness that they truly deserve.

Dogs and cats hoping to become part of the family this National Pet Day include Chicken the chatty Sphynx cat; Aidan the sweet-natured Staffordshire Bull Terrier who has been waiting over 500 days for a home; beautiful black cat Gracie; people-pleaser Felix the young cat; German Shepherd Dog cross Buddy who’s on the lookout for a new friend; and livewire pup Chewy.

To find out more about adopting from Battersea, please visit Images can be downloaded here.


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Notes to editors

  • National Pet Day is an annual celebration of all pets, held on 11 April.
  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 150 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • We believe that every dog and cat deserve the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need.
  • In 2018, Battersea helped nearly 7,000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 250 dogs and 120 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • For further information on Battersea, please visit
  • Follow Battersea on Twitter @battersea_ or



Age: 2 years 4 months

Breed: Sphynx

Centre: Battersea

Chicken is an incredibly active cat who is looking for a home with humans who will be willing to enjoy many games with her. Chicken also loves attention and will become very vocal in order to make her friends aware that she is ready for some love.

Although affectionate, Chicken is also quite independent so new friends will need to respect her wish for some space once she has tired herself out running after her string toy, otherwise she will tell you she needs to be left alone! Chicken is also overweight, so her new owners must be committed to help her shed some pounds.

As Chicken is a Sphynx and does display many of the demanding traits of a Sphynx, new owners will need to be knowledgeable about this breed, the breed traits and all of the maintenance required in order to keep Chicken in tip top condition.


Age: 2 years 10 months

Breed: Domestic Short-hair

Centre: Old Windsor

Young Felix can be a bit nervous to begin with, so he's hoping to find a quieter home with owners who will understand him and let him take things at his own pace. Once he feels comfortable, Felix will show you just how wonderful he really is. He loves to play and have fun, and he has so much love to give! Felix has a great purr and he loves to have attention and fuss from his favourite people. After he's had a fun day, Felix loves to snuggle up on a lap.


Age: 7 years 1 month

Breed: Domestic Short-hair

Centre: Brands Hatch

Gracie wasn't a fan of life in a cattery, so is currently living with a foster carer until she finds her forever home. Within a couple of days, Gracie revealed herself to be a loving and affectionate cat and quickly found her favourite spots in her temporary home - up her cat tree and curled up on a lap.


Age: 5 years 5 months

Breed: German Shepherd cross

Centre: Battersea

Buddy is an affectionate and sociable young dog who walks nicely on lead and is a real charmer. When he’s with his favourite people Buddy is a very sweet, relaxed boy however he does demonstrate some of the typical German Shepherd breed traits and can be quite vocal when he is left alone. Buddy will need owners who are at home most of the time with him and can show some patience and understanding to work through his anxieties.


Age: 7 years 5 months

Breed: Mongrel

Centre: Old Windsor

Aidan is a lovely gentle boy who enjoys a cuddle and loves just about everybody. He likes to be covered up with a fleece blanket, enjoys his walks and pottering in the garden. Aidan is spending time in a foster home and has been fully house trained. He is starting to show his cheeky side and when he’s not snoozing on the sofa he enjoys exploring in the leaves and grass with his nose. Aidan is a very clever dog and has some lovely training in place. He's a very expressive dog and pulls a very comical wrinkly face when he is enjoying having his neck scratched.


Age: 8 months

Breed: Mongrel

Centre: Brands Hatch   

Little Chewy is looking for new owners who can help build his trust around people and work on his training and issues in a positive way. He is still very young and is very clever so will need a lot of mental and physical enrichment. In the right environment Chewy will thrive. Chewy did have a very matted coat when he came into us so unfortunately he had to have all of his fur shaved off and will need to wear a doggy jumper or t-shirt to help keep him warm whilst it grows back.