An unforgettable night

Sleeping under the stars at our Battersea centres

Stray Over

Registration for Stray Over 2019 has now closed.

But don't worry! You still have the chance to meet some of our four-legged residents and tour our Battersea centres after hours by registering your interest in Stray Over 2020.

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What is stray over?

Stray Over offers the chance for you to enjoy street food, movies, yoga by candlelight and games, while fundraising for the thousands of stray animals that come to Battersea each year.



Battersea receives no government funding, so we ask that each individual taking part raises as much as they can to Stray Over to help us care for dogs and cats in our care.

The money you raise through challenging yourself or your team to Stray Over will help us to continue to provide care for the lost, abandoned and unwanted animals that arrive at our gates.

We will provide a Stray Over Fundraising Guide, full of handy tips and tricks on how to meet your fundraising target.

Team Challenge

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Check out some of the brave teams who participated:

Stray Over Teams
ABF GroceryABF
Barrett & Thomson SolicitorsBarrett & Thomson Solicitors Logo
Barringtons PropertyBarringtons Property Logo
Canine Appreciation AuthorityCivil Aviation Authority
CiscoCisco Logo
COREgisCORE Recruitment
Hamilton Specialist ReferralsHamilton Specialist Referrals Logo
The Hogarth ClubThe Hogarth Club Logo
Hot Diggity DogsBeeken Reeves
Jimmy ChewsWhitbread
Jurassic BarkNBC Universal International
Lady and The TrampsReed & Mackay
M & C Barky PR M & C Saatchi
Office AngelsOffice Angels Logo
Pugs over MugsPM Group Worldwide
Red Bear NetworkRed Bear Network Logo
Richmond Bow-WowersRichmond & Towers
Ruffin' ItTails
Team Co-opCo-op
Way to BlueWay to Blue
Wizard RecruitmentWizard Recruitment Logo
Workday UKWorkday UK Logo

a stray over story

We sat down with Kate Collins from Team Co-op who has participated in Stray Over in both 2017 and 2018 to find out exactly why Co-op wanted to get involved and how businesses can use Stray Over to bring staff together from different sites, in the ultimate team building experience.

What made you want to take part in Stray Over?

“As the charity lead for convenience stores in Kent, I decided that Stray Over would be a fantastic opportunity to get store managers together from all around Kent in a team building environment and get to know each other better, as well as an opportunity to highlight Co-ops contributions to communities and charities. We only meet bimonthly so it seemed like a great chance to spend quality time together for a great cause.”

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What were your highlights of the evening?

“I think the ‘Kennel Challenge’ was a team highlight because it made us work together in competitive ‘escape room’ way against the other teams - but in silence so we didn’t disturb the dogs! We also loved the silent cinema, the scavenger hunt and of course the animal interactions! I think the fact that we were out as ‘strays’ over night kicked in our survival instincts which helped us bond quickly, and gave us so many other fun things to talk about other than just work – we were talking about it for weeks on whatsapp post event!”

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How was it sleeping like a Stray?

“Ha ha…it definitely gives you a good insight into what it is like for a Stray animal, and I’d love to do it again to raise awareness, fundraise and team build! We are thinking next time to maybe go to the Windsor Stray Over which would be a different atmosphere as it’s a bit more rural!”

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Why Stray Over?

In 2018, 28% of dogs and 30% of cats that arrived at Battersea's three centres were strays. The money you raise by spending the night as a stray and swapping your bed for a sleeping bag will go towards the care of our abandoned dogs and cats. Select a picture below to read the stories of some of our stray dogs and cats.

Proudly supported by

A huge thank you to NBCUniversal, Motion Picture Solutions and Omnex for all their support and for providing our cinemas at Stray Over 2019.

NBCUniversal Logo Motion Picture Solutions Logo Omnex Logo

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the Stray Over that are not answered in our FAQs, please email the Special Events Team at and a member of the team will be in touch.

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