Make or donate goods

There are lots of things our dogs and cats can use, so we're always on the lookout for donations of new or used items. If you're feeling creative there are also lots of things that you can make for our animals.

Please remember that there are some items we can't use, so before posting or dropping off your donation, we kindly ask that you check the lists below.


  • 'Vetbed' and other clean/new pet bedding
  • Plastic or soft material dog and cat beds (no wicker please)
  • Gencons, head collars, or car harnesses
  • Dog and cat toys - tough, durable, easily cleanable, and in good condition
  • Dog coats without hoods (especially waterproof ones)
  • Food and water bowls (metal preferred)
  • Raised feeding stands
  • Food toys, mats, and puzzle feeders
  • Clean blankets, sheets, and towels
  • Pet safe plants to aid in on-site sensory garden enrichment (e.g. rosemary, lemon-balm, lavender, and wheatgrass)
  • Unused astro turf
  • Puppy pads
  • Good condition grooming brushes and combs
  • Cooling coats/mats
  • Sprinklers, plastic kiddie pools, and interactive water games
  • Indoor pens / crates
  • Good condition litter trays (including covered trays)


If you'd like to donate any of these items please post them or take them to one of our three centres.

Thank you, your donation is hugely appreciated by everyone at Battersea.


  • Dog or cat food - we feed all our residents a regular diet of premium food to keep them healthy - changing food can upset their stomachs
  • Newspapers
  • Pillows, cushions and duvets
  • Travel crates and pet carriers
  • Old computer equipment, as it is not compatible with our computer system
  • Dirty or soiled items as this costs us money to launder before our animals can use them.
  • Dog or cat fashion clothing (including knitted jumpers)
  • Medications of any kind
  • Leads or collars – we use specific branded ones at Battersea
  • Fabric muzzles
  • Poo bags
  • Footballs, basketballs, baseballs, etc
  • Pet shampoos, soaps, or perfumes
  • Water dispensers


Unfortunately we cannot accept the above items but we thank you for thinking of Battersea.


For any large in-kind donations (e.g. several boxes or pallets), please contact prior to arranging a delivery or drop-off to ensure we have the required storage space on our site. Thank you for your consideration.


In our ‘Made in Battersea’ craft series you can learn how to make cheap, easy and enriching homemade toys for dogs and cats, just like our volunteers and staff do at Battersea.

Cat Wand

In this episode you can learn how to make a wand toy for your cat, which is a great way to keep your cat entertained as they can play with you or by themselves.

Ring Ragger

In this episode you can learn how to make a ring ragger toy for your dog, which is great for a tug game with adult dogs or puppies, and all you need is an old jumper and some scissors.

If you would like to knit or crochet blankets or toys for our animals, please keep in mind that large gaps in material can be dangerous as little paws and claws can get stuck. Please look into pet-safe patterns first to ensure your thoughtful donation is fit for purpose.

Check back regularly for more ideas, inspiration and new ways to get creative in support of Battersea. Your donations help us to care for the thousands of animals who come into Battersea every year.