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 sending your donation please check this lists below.
We always need
- 'Vetbed' and other 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 feeds
- Clean blankets, sheets, and towels
- Pet safe plants to aid in on-site sensory garden enrichment (e.g. rosemary, lemon-balm, lavender, and wheatgrass)
- Astro turf
- Puppy pads
- Good condition grooming brushes and combs
- Cooling coats/mats
- Sprinklers, plastic kiddie pools, and interactive water games
- Indoor pens / crates
- Pet carriers
- Good condition litter trays (including covered trays)
- Books about dogs and cats to further our staff's knowledge
We unfortunately cannot use
- 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
- Pillows, cushions and duvets
- 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
- Travel bowls/water dispensers
In our new ‘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.
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.
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.