The Ultimate Showdown

Join Team Dog or Team Cat and host a sponsored gaming challenge.

Get gaming for Battersea

Choose your team, set up your JustGiving page, complete your video gaming challenge this September and raise money for the dogs and cats at Battersea.

The top fundraisers from each team will be invited to the Ultimate Showdown livestream held at our London site in October.

What’s The Ultimate Showdown all about?

It’s the age-old conflict that’s never been resolved. Until now.

We’re calling upon you to pick a side once and for all – Team Dog or Team Cat – and help Battersea’s animals by hosting a fundraising gaming challenge for your chosen team.

All you need to do is pick which video game(s) you want to play and set yourself a challenge around that game. You can play on your own or as a team, on console or PC. Kick back at home, share your challenge on social media and even level-up your fundraising by streaming online.

The top fundraisers from Team Dog and Team Cat will then be invited to a live streaming event at Battersea's iconic London centre. Here, Team Dog will take on Team Cat for the ultimate accolade – to be crowned Battersea’s 2019 gaming champions.

Donations received throughout the competition will go towards the medical attention, training and care our dogs and cats need as we get them ready to find the happy homes they deserve.

Get ready to game and sign up now to Team Dog or Team Cat to help support the animals in our care.

View the full terms and conditions.

How can I host a video gaming challenge?

Here are a few examples of challenges you can set yourself:

  • Speed runs completing a level or a video game as fast as possible
  • Completion lists obtain all achievements in your chosen video game
  • Gaming marathons non-stop video gaming for 6, 12, 18 or 24 hours (include breaks for the bathroom, food, water and to sleep!)
  • Tournaments set up a system of points and invite your friends, family or colleagues
  • Suggested challenges
  • Unique challenges a challenge bespoke to the game you're playing. This can be non-death play-throughs of survival games, completing campaigns with basic equipment, or design and build challenges in sandbox role-playing games.

We have put together a handy guide with fundraising tips.

The big live stream event

On Tuesday 8 October, between 4-8pm (GMT), the ultimate showdown of dog versus cat will finally come to a head live on our Twitch page as Battersea crowns 2019’s winning gaming team.

Some special guests from the gaming world will battle it out alongside Team Dog and Team Cat’s top fundraisers to raise the most money possible for Battersea’s animals.

Be sure to follow our Twitch Page to get notified when our stream starts.

The Ultimate Showdown allows you to enjoy all the fun that video games bring, whilst raising money for vulnerable dogs and cats that are running low on health points. With your support, we can provide much needed love and care to bring these animals back to full health and get them on their way to finding their new home.


How do I sign up?

It’s free and really easy to sign up to compete in the Ultimate Showdown. Simply click to join Team Dog or Team Cat and follow the confirmation link to create your JustGiving page.

Can I take part if I am under 18 years of age?

Absolutely – we will just need permission from a parent, guardian or legally responsible adult. This permission can be provided by having your parent, guardian or legally responsible adult fill out the registration form using their details on your behalf. We will send out your free welcome pack addressed to them (but the wristband will be yours!).

If you plan on streaming your Ultimate Showdown challenge, make sure you and your parent, guardian or legally responsible adult have a read through the Twitch Moderation and Safety links.

Do I have to complete my challenge on a set day/date?

You can set yourself the goal of completing your challenge in one day, or you can spread your challenge across August and September. It’s totally up to you!

Do I have to stream my Ultimate Showdown challenge?

Not at all – only do so if you feel comfortable with it. If you plan to take on the Ultimate Showdown through a private, offline challenge, we would recommend finding some way of keeping your sponsors and donors up to date with how your challenge is going, so they feel part of the journey. You can do this by posting stories to your JustGiving page and on your social media channels using #UltimateShowdown and #TeamDog / #TeamCat

For anyone that does want to stream their Ultimate Showdown challenge or marathon, we have a handy guide. Please also check through the articles available on Twitch on moderation and safety.

How do I receive donations?

Once you've registered your details through the form for your chosen team; Team Dog or Team Cat, you will see a link at the end of the form to set up your free, personalised JustGiving page under either Team Dog or Team cat.

You can then share your JustGiving page across all your social media platforms so your friends, family, colleagues and followers can support your Ultimate Showdown participation.

Donations received throughout the competition will go towards the medical attention, training and care our dogs and cats need as we restore them back to full health and get them ready to find the happy homes they deserve.

Do I have to play a game that has cats or dogs in?

You can choose to play any video game you like. If you want to include dogs or cats as part of your challenge, there are some great games and characters to set your challenge around:

  • Set out on a 12-hour adventure as a Khajiit or a Werewolf in The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Tame an ocelot or wolf in Minecraft and set out as a duo on a no-death adventure for as long as you can in Hard or Hardcore mode
  • Create a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament with your friends, where you play as Isabelle or Lucario
  • Create your very own Battersea in The Sims 4 Pets
What will my fundraising donations and sponsorship go towards?

It costs £51,000 a day for Battersea to care for our dogs and cats.

The money you raise throughout the competition will go towards the medical attention, training and care our dogs and cats need as we restore them back to full health and get them ready to find the happy homes they deserve.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your donations to Battersea – at no extra cost to you or your donors. If your friends and family that sponsor you pay tax in the UK, we can reclaim the basic tax rate (25%) on their gift to you. So, if you receive a donation of £10 and this is eligible for Gift Aid, it is worth £12.50 to Battersea.

Do my donations qualify for Gift Aid?

To claim Gift Aid on your fundraising, we must have the first name or initials, last name, full home address and postcode of each individual donor/sponsor. So please encourage them to tick the Gift Aid box when they donate to your JustGiving page. Without these details we legally can't claim Gift Aid.

Are my personal details safe and secure?

We make sure we limit the data we collect to only those necessary to facilitate your participation in our events. We are fully compliant with GDPR and committed to safeguarding your privacy when storing and processing your data. Please see our privacy policy for further information.

How can I contact The Ultimate Showdown team?

You can get in touch with The Ultimate Showdown team by emailing or by calling out supporter services team on 020 7627 7883.